Sometimes the jargon in the world of logistics can be confusing. “What is a freight forwarder?” is one question we get from time to time, so here’s a brief description. A freight forwarder helps shippers with all the arrangements concerning shipping and storage for transporting materials or finished products to market. Freight forwarders usually offer many different services including tracking, arranging for cargo space, negotiating prices, handling insurance claims, preparing documents required for shipping and export, securing cargo and buying insurance.
Almost all companies who pay to ship goods obtain cargo insurance to help protect their freight against unexpected accidents and damage. Marine cargo insurance covers items transported over the ocean by ship or aircraft. Let's look at some of the most important advantages provided by marine cargo insurance.
Topics: The Costs of Shipping
One of our favorite things to do is to educate our customers on what logistics is and how it works. Sometimes the jargon we use can keep shippers from understanding what they need and how the logistics industry meets those needs.
Topics: Logistics Management
Savannah, Georgia is an area that has experienced outstanding economic growth in recent times. Part of the reason for this is that our port is doing so well. In 2018, for example, the Georgia Ports Authority saw quite a few records fall.
Topics: Port of Savannah
For former military service members with logistics skill sets, entering the civilian job market can be challenging and confusing. With the proliferation of internet job postings to sift through, zeroing in on something that fits your military experience can take time. Your goal is to land a position that fairly compensates you, allows you to work to your strengths and allows for upward mobility, as well as respects and understands your time in the armed forces.
Topics: Logistics Careers
Freight brokers and logistics companies (also referred to as Third Party Logistics, or 3PL) are often thought of as similar in their function, but actually have different approaches to moving freight. Small companies are often faced with the choice of using a Freight Broker or logistics company but are often confused about the differences. It's easy to do because many core functions overlap.
Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL)
Though we haven't quite made it to having our groceries delivered by drone, the way consumers and retailers acquire what they need has changed radically, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. A quick look at a topic like "the future of retail" indicates that traditional models of the distribution of consumer goods are fast disappearing.
Topics: Supply Chain Efficiency
Electronic freight management (EFM) is a critical solution for any logistics business today. By 2020, the amount of freight shipped is expected to increase by up to 70 percent from what it was in 1998. The competition for transportation will continue to increase as a result. With this type of freight management system, and its digital freight matching capabilities, a single source logistics partner can get access to potential transportation deals you would never have had in the past. This access to thousands of carriers and independent contractors continues to transform the landscape of modern logistics. Digital freight management also helps to maintain a standardization in shipping and allows you to determine your areas of inefficiency and streamline the bottlenecks.
For businesses engaged in manufacturing, import, export, transport and trading of commodities, warehousing plays an important role in facilitating an effective supply chain. This is why it is important to choose a logistics partner that will meet ALL your transportation needs including storage.
Globalization presents numerous opportunities that businesses can explore. This is one of the reasons why a good number of businesses opt to outsource logistics services in an effort to streamline and improve their operations. However, in order to make the most of these services, it is important to understand how the entire process works. One of the critical links in the logistics chain is referred to as drayage.