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4 Vital Advantages Of International Air Freight Vs. Sea Freight

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 12-Jan-2017 13:34:28

Business owners are continuously weighing up the pros and cons of each transport mode with an objective to achieve economical and efficient shipping with each transaction. In addition, factors such as transit time, product type (high value vs low value, hazardous vs non-hazardous), accessibility, cargo volume, and replenishment cycles need to be considered before business professionals choose an air freight or sea freight service. Industry knowledge and awareness about the impact these factors have on your business allows Operations and Logistics Managers to select either air freight or sea freight forwarding services. If fast availability, high security and reliability are the priority, international air freight services are the common choice of transportation.

Read on to learn about the advantages of international air freight services and how to approach the analysis whether this is the ideal service for your business.

Topics: Sea Freight, Air Freight, Freight & Transportation

4 Secrets To Make Your International Sea Freight More Economical

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 04-Jan-2017 10:34:00

Sea freight is the lowest price mode of international transportation. When it comes to bulky and regular large volume shipments, businesses mostly rely on sea freight over air freight due to economy and the flexibility that it offers. While many Operations Managers believe that they are maximising their spend on sea freight, there may be more that you can do to get more out of it. In this blog, we will share 4 lesser-known solutions for using sea freight. These secrets include opting for single-window services negotiation, using a well-drafted yearly contract, impeccable documentation and getting a door-to-door solution. Apart from making your sea freight more economical, these solutions will also assist you to make your sea freight faster, more reliable and more customer-centric.

Read on to learn about 4 secrets that may assist you to make your sea freight operation more economical.

Topics: Sea Freight, Freight & Transportation, Imports & Exports Australia, Freight Forwarding Companies

Manage Demand and Supply Efficiently With Providers of 3PL Brisbane

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 28-Dec-2016 10:51:39

Managing the demand and supply gap effectively is a key responsibility area (KRA) for any Operations Manager. It’s a continuous challenge which requires managing uncertainty arising due to the two main factors of demand/supply quantity fluctuations and lead time deviations. While managing demand/supply fluctuations requires Operations Managers to work closely with sales and supplier organisations, pipeline stock and transport lead time deviations can be effectively reduced by engaging closely with experienced and professional providers of 3PL Brisbane. Experienced and professional providers of 3PL Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne understand the criticality of stock accuracy and transport lead time deviations in meeting demand while keeping the cost low. They assist in managing stock accuracy at various stocking points, deciding the optimal transport mode, providing complete supply chain visibility and bringing their long-established relationship for seamless execution to ensure minimum deviations in supply plans and schedules. This provides an advantage to their customers in minimising the impact of the demand-supply gap.

Read on to learn how advanced solutions developed by providers of 3PL Brisbane can assist in managing demand and supply efficiently.

Topics: E-Fulfilment, Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

4 Secrets to Start Making Air Freight More Economical Today

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 21-Dec-2016 12:04:47

CEOs know that among all transportation modes air freight is the most expensive. While it is more expensive, air freight has benefits for businesses in Australia that include the fastest transit time, global reach, high security, and reliability. To make the higher freight costs more efficient, there are a few industry secrets that you can use. These secrets include efficient packaging, pre-planning, CAT documentation and outsourcing to single service provider. These secrets can make your airfreight more economical without impacting service levels. While many large businesses or multinational companies (MNCs) may know these secrets, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) may not be aware.

Read on to learn 4 secret tips that can make the use of air freight forwarding more economical.

Topics: Air Freight

How Does Freight Forwarding Impact Product Availability?

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 16-Dec-2016 10:05:16

Globalisation means that customers have numerous options available to them when sourcing products. If one product is not available, usually they have options to choose a product that is available. To remain competitive, a CEO or Operations Manager should ensure they have an ample amount of product available to fulfil demand, whether planned or unplanned. These products may be raw materials, semi-finished products or finished products. To ensure sufficient stock requires a controlled and continuous product flow in the supply chain. In supply chain, product availability is impacted by various factors. However, among all the numerous factors, freight forwarding has the highest impact if you are buying and selling globally. Leading CEOs and Operation Managers understand that freight forwarding incorporates all transportation modes, including sea freight and air freight along with custom clearance at origin and destination. Mismanagement of freight can disrupt the product flow and impact availability. A proficiently managed freight forwarding operation assists CEOs and Operations Managers to have continuous product flow throughout the supply chain and have perfect availability.

Read on to learn the impact of freight forwarding on product availability and how managing it proficiently will assist your business.

Topics: Freight & Transportation

How To Transform Your Supply Chain With 3PL Brisbane

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 09-Dec-2016 14:20:10

The supply chain of any business acts as a system, which facilitates the timely delivery of goods to customers. To deliver products within the committed timeframe, this system should be efficient and error-free. The supply chain system consists of many functions including international freight forwarding, custom clearance, warehousing, transportation, manpower and information management. To ensure all these functions perform perfectly, one needs to have in-depth knowledge and expertise. Knowledge and expertise come by spending time and energy focused on learning and having expert resources within the organisation.

At the initial stages of building a business, these functions may have been developed in-house. As a business grows and begins to scale up, to maintain the desired level of expertise, it will need to invest a significant amount of time and energy in building supply chain functions along with its core competence. This is where it starts getting difficult and becomes more challenging. The supply chain may start faltering and the desired results become difficult to achieve. If you are facing this challenge as a CEO or Operations Manager, it can be worthwhile to look for an alternative and collaborate with a 3PL in Brisbane or another city in Australia to transform your supply chain and quickly move ahead of your competition.

Read on to learn how alignment with a provider of 3PL Brisbane can eliminate supply chain challenges and assist you in transforming your supply chain system.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

Sea Freight Australia: Learn How to Get the Most out of It

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 02-Dec-2016 13:41:10

CEOs and Operations Mangers in Australia understand that sea freight is the most economical transportation mode for their international freight imports and exports. To get the most out of your sea freight and overcome the compromises made due to the longer transit time, it is essential for CEOs and Operations Managers to get the most out of their sea freight operations to and from Australia.
Outsourcing your sea freight operation to an experienced and established freight forwarder is one of the best strategies that will assist with better decision making and allow you to get most out of their sea freight operation. Other tips include choosing the best option between FCLs and LCLs, signing an annual contract with your freight forwarding provider and planning in advance.

Read on to quickly learn more detail on these tips so that you can get the most out of your sea freight operations to and from Australia.

Topics: Sea Freight

Air Freight: 3 Frequent Challenges and Solutions

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 23-Nov-2016 10:10:22

Air freight is the fastest, most reliable and better serviced compared to other modes of transportation. Despite higher costs, air freight is preferred for critical and high value shipments even though there are challenges. These challenges include cargo restrictions, limited action time, frequent rate changes and the possibility of heavy detention and demurrage costs even for smallest of mistakes. Leading Supply Chain and Operations managers in Australia know that knowledgeable air freight forwarders such as BCR understand these challenges and have the expertise in-house to manage them, proactively. Collaborating with experienced air freight forwarders can assist in developing solutions to the frequently faced challenges and assist their customer in fulfilling the order perfectly.

Read on to learn 3 frequent challenges faced with international air freight and how these challenges can be resolved promptly with the assistance of an efficient air freight forwarder.

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

Learn How to Strengthen Your Supply Chain with Efficient Freight Forwarding

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 18-Nov-2016 13:59:44

A freight forwarding operation is a combination of international transportation (sea freight, air freight and domestic freight) custom clearance, and short term 3PL warehousing services. Throughout the supply chain, a product is in transit for close to 90% of the total cycle. This means that efficient management of your freight operation positively contributes to achieving higher order fulfilment. Mismanagement, on the other hand, can lead to erratic supply chain flow, resulting in missed timelines and unhappy customers.

Efficient management of all freight forwarding tasks, including transportation, customs clearance, air freight and sea freight documentation, government rules and regulations, strengthen the supply chain by delivering the product in a timely manner. This will avoid unnecessary costs and anxiety to Operations and Logistics managers. This efficiency also assists in optimizing inventory levels, reducing demurrage and detention, an increased order fulfilment rate and assists with cost reduction.

Read on to learn how you can strengthen your supply chain through efficient freight forwarding and the role of an efficient freight forwarder in achieving this.

Topics: Freight & Transportation

Update: Peak Season Continues for Sea Freight China to Australia

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 10-Nov-2016 16:20:40

How has the Hanjin crisis impacted on the market for sea freight forwarding between North East Asia and Australia? Why and how is this year's peak season so different to previous years? What future dates should you ne aware of to not be hit by excessive freight forwarding bills? Numerous influences are currently exerting leverage on the North East Asia to Australia trade lane, especially on sea freight from China, South Korea and Japan to Australia. The marathon towards Christmas has long begun but this marathon very likely won't end with the Christmas holidays.

Read on to learn more details on rate rises, carrier capacity, delays and important dates for early 2017. Find out how you can prepare your business for these rate peaks and the Christmas Holidays.

Topics: Sea Freight