Running a business is a tough gig, which means operations managers face pressure on many fronts. They need to assist in making the business more productive, ensure deliveries are fast, reduce additional costs, avoid damages and achieve it all utilising minimal financial and manpower resources.
It’s a high-stakes juggling act, but there are ways to navigate the challenges and increase productivity. Ensuring sea freight is managed professionally is one of these ways. Further ways include bulk shipping, lower costs per unit, simple door-to-door deliveries and flexible policies. However, it is essential to know how to make the most of the mode’s strengths and avoid potential pitfalls such as requiring random or instant changes to schedules.
To gain the most benefit, a tailored industry logistics and freight forwarding solution that is specific to your company is ideal, which is where the guidance of an expert freight forwarder can be invaluable.
Read on to discover four ways sea freight can help to increase your company’s productivity and increase its market reach without adding any additional effort or expense.
Bulk shipping for faster production and distribution
While air freight is regarded as the safest transportation mode for meeting extremely tight time frames, when catering for faster production rates and massive demand, a bulk shipping method is optimum. Shipping small quantities via air freight requires a lot of paperwork, constant follow-ups and high carrier fees which translate into a high cost per product unit.
The greater load carrying capacity per vessel and huge container cubic capacity available with sea freight allows for bulk loads to be shipped as a single unit. In conjunction with bulk production and distribution, this leads to better returns due to the improved economies of scale.
Minimum freight costs per unit for economic pricing and a lean business
When you are trying to improve productivity, it is part of the equation to consider the landed price of the product. Alongside high carrying capacity, your chosen shipping mode should be delivering maximum volume of products at a minimum freight cost. This allows your business to be lean and more productive. Unlike air freight, sea freight does not charge by volumetric weight. So you have complete freedom to choose between the full container which is ideal for your bulk shipments and less than a container, where your price is often determined by the cubic meter. It is also important operations managers understand that unless you have a lightweight product and only small volumes you want to ship, the origin and destination regulatory charges in sea freight are much cheaper than air freight.
For more than a century, BCR has continued to help small, medium and large businesses achieve an optimum logistics solution with warehousing and transportation, including air freight and sea freight services to and from the major ports including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle (Perth).