Archive for July, 2009

Freight Forwarders

Freight forwarders come under the spotlight in this particular post on the subject of the actual transportation and logistics side of the industry. Its a topic that many people are unsure of mainly because of the lack of readily available information for the average person. Here I’ll be looking at what the role of the freight forwarder is in the grand scheme of things when it comes to the process of transporting goods, packages or other forms of freight from one place to another.

The main role of the freight forwarders then is to assimilate all the information that is presented to them by the customer concerning the details of their personal circumstances. This will include the addresses of collection and delivery of the goods, the size, weight and nature of the goods, their value both in monetary terms as well as in sentimental terms, their susceptibility to breakage or damage through fragility, if any dangerous chemicals or substances are involved and whether the goods are material or live as in the case of pets or livestock.

Once all the information has been collated they will then proceed to calculate the distances that will be travelled, the most suitable form of transportation from both an economical as well as timing factor, the cost of said transport including fuel and vehicle costs, driver, packer, loader and any warehousing costs as well as insurance costs and documentation needs.

They will come up with a figure for the transportation cost as well as a time schedule for collection and delivery that will be reasonably accurate and cost effective while still leaving a margin for profit for the freight forwarding company. Should the customer accept the quote, then the move is scheduled and all the worry and headaches are taken on by the freight forwarders so the customer can relax with peace of mind that their goods will be in safe hands and will arrive at their destination on time and intact.

In short, that is the role of the freight forwarders in the transportation industry. More information may be obtained from this article at Freight Forwarders – What Are They

Freight Brokers

What Defines a Good Freight Broker?

Welcome back to Freight Brokers, where we’re going to take a look at some of the things you should know about how to which to find a good local freight broker that can help you to simplify a movement of goods that you want to undertake. In short, what defines a good freight broker?

The first thing to know when looking for reputable freight brokers is their age, or to see how long they have been in business. This is not always a solid indicator of the level of knowledge or even professionalism, as an old established business can be run by stale, bored or even unhelpful people, just as a brand new business can be run by enthusiastic, helpful and highly knowledgeable people.

However, in the first case, this is an exception to the rules, as generally anyone who has been in business a long time has done so because they know what they’re doing and have probably built up a large itinerary of regular customers who like to do business with them. In this business, with age comes experience and experience counts for a lot when it comes to knowing all the ins and outs of what can be a fairly complex business.

In the second case, the people running a new business may certainly be fresh and enthusiastic and even very helpful, but their lack of experience may be off-putting to customers. This shouldn’t be a barrier and often new businesses will have the savvy to employ at least one experienced person from who they can draw on that experience to cover themselves in all areas.

So in short, while you’re more likely to get a friend of acquaintance recommend a more established freight broker simply by dint of their length of time in the business, you can equally get a very good service from a newer business where enthusiasm and a work ethic to try as hard as possible to attract new business by proving they are good at what they do.

Freight Brokers