The BCR Blog


How Australian CEOs Can Manage Business Growth With Sea Freight

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 28-Jun-2017 15:07:15


Topics: Sea Freight

Australian Trusted Trader Status a Major Milestone for BCR

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 21-Jun-2017 15:00:32

Leading Australian-owned freight forwarder and 3PL provider BCR has achieved a major endorsement of its compliant practices and supply chain security, gaining accreditation as an Australian Trusted Trader (ATT).

The ATT program is a voluntary trade facilitation initiative that was launched by the Australian Government in July 2016.  ATT brings Australia in line with key international trading partners, joining over 70 countries with similar Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programmes.




Topics: Global Trade, Duties & Taxes

Australian Freight Forwarder and 3PL provider BCR turns 125

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 01-Jun-2017 16:05:44

Becoming a leading provider in the freight forwarding, customs and third-party logistics (3PL) industry has been a 125-year long journey for BCR. The company’s focus on customers, performance, collaboration and continual improvement has been part of its success from the very outset when it started as literally a one-horse operation in Sydney. 

In this blog, we share a brief summary of how 3PL provider and freight forwarder BCR started and evolved to respond to customer needs within the country’s ever-changing corporate landscape over the last 125 years of Australian history.




Topics: Company announcements

4 Secrets For Logistics Managers To Improve Alignment With Your Freight Forwarder

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 26-May-2017 11:24:19

One of the biggest challenges faced by operations and logistics managers is ensuring their freight forwarder's performance is up to scratch. Generally, the communications are limited to discussing rates and timelines, and once that's done, it's treated like a "set and forget" process. But there's a better way to get things done, and it starts with informing your provider about the big picture of your business objectives, establishing key performance indicators and making sure they know what you expect from their service.

This gives them a much clearer picture to base decision-making on, for example when choosing between shipping modes such as air freight or sea freight to meet your supply chain timeframes. They also have to make cost comparisons while factoring in carrier service levels, and they need to make decisions around exception reporting, issue escalation, and how to reduce risks.

Astute Operations and Logistics Managers understand that the best place to start is by aligning your freight forwarding company with your business objectives – so you can achieve the main goal of getting the best results for your business and customers.

Read on to find out the best ways to align with your freight forwarding company and keep your supply chain strong, reliable and efficient.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies

4 Things That Can Turn Your Freight Forwarding Into A Catastrophe And How To Overcome Them

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 17-May-2017 07:47:25

Freight forwarding is a critical part of any supply chain operation, and managing it flawlessly is vital, so businesses deliver cargo on time. However, due to the international nature of freight forwarding, there are complexities involved – and lack of insight and knowledge of them can be catastrophic.

Improper and incomplete documentation, inadequate process knowledge, verbal contracts and insufficient understanding of operations are among the major challenges business owners face while managing the freight forwarding task.

It can also become quite hectic and time-consuming dealing with these challenges along with taking care of the core business. There is the very real risk of a lapse in attention and even the possibility of a major operations failure.

Australian business owners know that freight operations are wide-ranging and complex, to the extent it 's hard to pay daily attention to it. That is why aligning your company with a professional Australian freight forwarding company is a wise choice. It will have efficient resources and experienced manpower to overcome freight forwarding challenges.

Read on to learn about major risks with your freight operations and how managing them proactively is crucial.

Topics: Freight & Transportation, Freight Forwarding Companies

The Top 5 Freight Forwarding Articles in 2017

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 10-May-2017 13:00:00

The Australian population is increasing, the demand for product is rising and so is the freight forwarding industry. With an average annual growth rate of 2.7% freight forwarding might not be on the fast but quite a steady lane. That is just like the population that grew in average by 1.5%, combining the so called natural increase (birth) and overseas migration in 2016.

But let's focus on our industry, shall we? With more than the first 1/3 of the year 2017 behind us, let's recap the top 5 articles on freight forwarding. What were our readers most interested in? And what does it reveal about the industry and the questions our visitors and customers have? Read on to find out more. 

Topics: Freight & Transportation, Freight Forwarding Companies

How a Fast Growing Business Can Benefit from an International Sea Freight Forwarder

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 04-May-2017 00:00:00

In a fast growing business, CEOs and business owners juggle a range of simultaneous actions across sales, marketing, finance, production, procurement, logistics and HR. Doing so many things together can result in stress, unproductive time management and compromise outcomes. If a business frequently imports or exports, as many businesses in Australia do, international sea freight is or shoud be a large part of a company’s logsitics. International sea freight, also know as ocean freight, incorporates multiple activities including, origin transport, international transport, customs clearance, domestic transport and documentation thus making it quite complex. If not managed properly, costs increase and customer satisfaction decreases. It can be challenging to ensure you receive the best results from international freight operations. Professional international freight forwarders in Australia bring relief by taking over the entire operation for seamless service at competitive pricing. This outsourcing can take a huge burden off a business owner’s shoulders. Alignment with these professionals is becoming very popular among business owners in Australia.

Read on to learn how a fast growing business can benefit from an international ocean freight forwarder.

Topics: Sea Freight

7 Powerful Tips To Improve Your Freight Forwarding Operations

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 27-Apr-2017 16:22:48

Whether you are a new business in need of freight forwarding services or an established one already working with a freight forwarder, you need to pay attention to the freight forwarder set-up to ensure that you receive maximum value for your investment. Freight constitutes a large part of overall supply chain costs and focusing on it can improve your profits. It’s important that you see it as a strategic part of your business and spend time in setting-it up right so as to save time and resources later on.

Proactively working with your freight forwarder in setting the expectations and processes upfront can save you time, energy and money. Leading CEOs and Logistics Managers understand this and ensure that they engage their freight partners at the right level at the beginning of relationship to get the desired results. Even if you have been using freight forwarding partners for quite some time, it’s not too late to use these powerful tips to improve your freight forwarding operations.

Read on to learn 7 powerful tips which can assist you in improving your freight operation and save your business money.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies

Sea Freight or Air Freight: 4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 11-Apr-2017 10:18:48

Choosing the best transportation medium for your cargo can be challenging. This decision can have a profound impact on your business and your customers. Both air freight and sea freight have their advantages and disadvantages and the selection of the best shipping mode requires knowledge of each medium and the corresponding pros and cons. The first instinct of many Logistics and Operations Managers is to compare costs while considering transit time. However, along with these two factors, additional factors such as size, volume and the nature of the shipment should be considered. Leading managers know that a professional freight forwarder in Australia will take all of these factors into consideration and assist you in choosing the best shipping mode based on your requirements.

Read on to learn 4 questions to ask yourself that will assist you to choose the best-suited transportation medium between sea freight and air freight.

Topics: Sea Freight, Air Freight, Freight & Transportation, Freight Forwarding Companies

[Update] What are Destination Charges in the Freight Forwarding and Shipping Industry?

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 05-Apr-2017 13:10:01

When it comes to destination charges and other components of freight forwarding and shipping invoices we understand that many questions arise. Why does the setup of invoices vary so drastically between different Australian freight forwarding companies? Why are there different charges and costs with different freight forwarders? Are destination charges negotiable? And how much are actual destination charges?

These are only some of the questions we hear from customers and prospects which is why I decided to pick up this topic again. I have previously written about destination charges and this will be an update of the last blog

Read on to learn about destination charges in the freight forwarding industry, what they mean and why they seem to vary between different freight forwarders in Australia.

Topics: Freight & Transportation