From the vineyard to your hands, there is quite a journey associated with your glass of wine. Wine and any other spirit or beverage are handled with a specific set of beverage logistics standards in order to ensure that these products keep their original quality level through the whole supply chain.
Freight forwarding is all about transporting goods. If you can dream it, it can be transported. Whether your item is something small, like a matchbox car, or huge like a hummer – it can be brought from Point A to Point B. The logistics and costs will differ, of course, but rest assured that nearly anything can cross the globe with a freight forwarder’s help.
Despite the highly globalized world we live in, we still often hear stories – some funny, others not – about how imports businesses have been affected by cultural differences with Chinese suppliers. It’s a simple fact that different countries have different cultures. And culture effect everything from communication styles, idioms and jargon, relationship maintenance, and plenty of other areas important to conducting business. Continue Reading
Picture this: the holiday season is right around the corner, and you need to bulk up your inventory with a large purchase. The products are packed in pallets, and you need to choose whether to pay for FCL (full container load) or LCL (less than container load). The big question is “will all of my pallets fit in a standard 20’ container?” Well, that all depends…
Transport Management System, or TMS, are systems that help move your cargo from point A to point B in the most efficient way. It doesn’t matter if the transport is from China to Alaska, or from Miami to Orlando in Florida, or if the fleet assets are owned by you or an external provider, transportation costs and times can always be optimized at small and large scales – and this is what a TMS is for.
If you’ve ever mused that global trade is a huge, complicated process – you’re not alone. And yet, technology is allowing companies to more easily source products from other countries and have the cargo shipped right to their door. Whether you’re already taking an active part in global trade or just thinking about it, our new infographic can be your guide.
We’ve created this infographic to explain the entire shipping process, the many parties, and documents that are connected to a shipment. Track the goods as the cargo passes from the seller all the way across the globe and into the hands of the buyer. Learn the process step-by-step, and “enjoy” the bird’s eye view at the end! Continue Reading
So you’ve hired a freight forwarder to import your shipment. That’s just the first step in the long journey your cargo will take. The operational processes carried out during the shipment’s transportation are many. You probably know the most common steps: document confirmation, customs clearance, and so on. But there’s much more involved when your smaller shipment (anything under a full container load) arrives.
At Fleet, we are always striving towards one thing: simplifying global trade. In that spirit, our team is constantly working on new features to make the platform easier to use and more aligned to the needs of our customers.
It’s not an uncommon situation: you are opening your forwarder’s latest ocean freight invoice, when the total jumps out at you. It’s higher than you expected – and the details are completely foreign to you with tons of acronyms and abbreviations. You have the feeling that some fees may have been included in your invoice by mistake, which can make you angry, so you decide to call your freight forwarder for an explanation, but that leaves you even more confused. In this situation, having an understanding of the possible extra charges can save you some headaches – and some money if you think that the freight forwarder is not being fair.
When you begin negotiations with a new supplier you face a choice: do you let your shipper choose providers and pay for shipping, or do you negotiate with and pay a freight forwarder yourself? To make this choice, you’ll need to consider the incoterms for each option.
The most common Incoterms for having your supplier pay the majority of the costs are: