Why you should use a logistics company

Any business that indulges in the transportation of goods across great distances, within and outside the country, requires the services of a Logistics company.

With company operations itself a major task, managing the whole process of moving your goods can prove tedious and complicated.

Even with transportation a major concern, given its fluctuating rates per month, having an external entity handle company logistics can prove a time saver, with costs reduced greatly.

Here are five reasons you should allow an external company like ours, handle your logistics.

Increased productivity:

Considering how a company like BHL handles all the necessary bills (usually reaching hundreds, even thousands) and audits, clients will have more time to focus on other important operations in the company, creating more room for productivity and convenience.

Reduced liabilities:

We have a fully functional staff and workflow that helps us manage all safety ratings and contracts.

Our operations allow us handle invoicing variances, carrier vetting processes, ensuring there is less risk in shipping your goods to its destination.

Better Transport And Packaging Of Goods:

The chances are, your company is not invested in ships, and vehicles to move certain goods, as well as machinery to properly package them for shipping.

A logistics company like ours is fully fitted with vehicles and crafts to handle the packaging and movement of goods across great distances with minimum inconvenience.

This helps ensure you are more rest assured of your good arriving safely to its destination without any damage.

Easy monitoring:

Having to personally monitor goods your shipped out yourself can be a tedious task in itself .

 A company like ours provides real time location on all shipped goods and estimated time of arrival.

At BHL we will help provide the necessary information on where your goods are, and the estimated time of arrival.

Warehouse management is better.

The best logistics companies provide good warehousing for your goods, ensuring the safety of all shipped items pending transfer to recipients.

Improved Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed:

It is always better to use a logistics service like our because we fully understand the domain better than most clients and can creatively ensure we help them cut costs while offering topnotch services.

With a good logistics company, better business partnerships across great distances is guaranteed and consumer experience enhanced.

 Avoid Petty Expenses:

Logistics comes with a lot of annoying petty expenditures like insurance costs, warehouse costs, docking costs, etc. A good logistics company helps handle such, taking the weight and inconvenience from the clients.

This helps the clients’ accountants  keep the books tidier, according more time to focus on other important

Pro and Cons Third Party Logistics

Meeting customer delivery demand should be the priority of any service or product company. Its shipping and fulfilment operations has to be tailored to convenience to suit the customer time and preferences. And this is why third party logistics comes in, to aid businesses in achieving customers’ delivery demands.

What is  third party logistics?

Third party logistics (3pl) is a type of an outsourcing business which logistics services and support to some or all aspects of a business’ shipping operations, the management and movement of their goods from manufacturers and distributors to end consumers. When a company outsources its shipping and fulfilment services, the services expected include:

  • Transportation
  • Warehousing
  • Inventory management
  • Customs brokerage
  • Freight audit
  • Payment
  • Shipping tracking

In short, third party logistics is an outsourcing service where your operational logistics from warehousing to delivery is being managed to save you time and fulfil customer delivery demands daily.

Functions of 3PL:

Warehousing: is a type of  third party logistics service provider integrated into a business’s warehouse and transportation procedures. Which involves specialized storing and distributing of the goods. Usually customised ways to handle storage, distribution, and product transportation.

Distribution: Distribution of large quantities of product can be a bit overwhelming, especially for small businesses. So, by outsourcing your distribution service to a third party logistics, minimizes your task and draws focus on other business core competencies. The services would include outbound order fulfilment, picking and packing, custom labelling, and manufacturing.

Shipping:  With a third party logistics, your shipping processes would be managed from start to finish, which  includes management of carrier relations, and freight data and matrix reports for real-time visibility and increased transparency throughout the shipping process.

Transportation: When a company leverages on a third party logistics, what they expect is from the 3pl service provider is to manage the inventory shipment between the company and its buyers.

Pros

Third party logistics has been designed to help businesses optimize their logistics operations. Whether a business owner or as an individual, here is how you can benefit from the services of a third party logistics.

It saves you cost:  Utilizing the warehouse services of a third party logistics saves you the cost of having to maintain your own warehouse and staff. You can now  save money instead of spending it on stock levels and inventory storage fees.

Unlimited Access to Experts: A third party logistics company has a core specialisation in certain areas of logistics, that’s to say expertise knowledge in those areas you might have no idea about. These areas often come with its own challenges, so by having an expert handle your logistics functions, you can have time to increase your business value.

Simplified International Logistics: Third party logistics works for you when sell products across countries whether between two or three countries. Or maybe if you are  in the category of wanting to expand your business Internationally. Third party logistics companies handles the custom, documentation, and other international duties which may delay shipment.

Cons:

Everything has a disadvantage, just the way, there are benefits too. So here are some disadvantages of third party logistics: 

No control of over delivery process:

Delivery is the most sensitive part of business, and issues arise during shipment, and are however impossible to get by, if you used a third party logistics company. And this will probably lead to series of back and forth, which would waste your company’s resources.

The initial cost of hiring a third party logistics company is high: At first, the cost of using a third party logistics company is expensive, and may have an effect on turnover. If your business doesn’t require substantial storage area, or have many orders, using a 3pl can weigh down on your business.

You can no longer monitor the quality of your products: This can be inconvenient if you have any quality control issues, or feel like you need to physically inspect your inventory for some reason. Always having a small supply of stock on-hand so that you know exactly what your products are like is one way to combat this, if it’s feasible for you to do so.



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Five Negotiation Tips You Should Know Before Sealing a Deal

If you’re familiar with the game of monopoly, you will certainly know the subtle art of negotiation. Growing up, when we played monopoly we will try to outdo each other; we would “sweet talk”   the other to sell out their landing property. The rules of the game was simple; stay rich or leave the game. In so many ways, this applies to the real world. Whether the size if the size of your business is small or big, negotiations are crucial. Negotiations allows you the opportunity to obtain what you want for your company and establish a rapport with other companies. 

Here are some tips for a successful negotiation

Have a goal: The goal before a monopoly game is to stay rich. So what are the goals you want to achieve before starting a negotiation conversation? Do you want to negotiate a lower price on a warehouse stock or establish a trade agreement? Define what you are hoping to achieve before entering a negotiation conversation. Visualise the ideal situation of what you want. Then, communicate these goals to your negotiating partner.

Research about the other negotiating partner:

Conduct a research on the other negotiation partner’s company, and find out strategies used in a past negotiation with them. Each side have their values, know these values and utilize them. Knowing what the other side of the bargaining table offers, gives you an insight of what a future deal with them looks like. Either you are going to lose money or resources. Do a background check, to be well levelled.

Contain your cost:  Before negotiating, have a minimum acceptable offer. Do not accept offers below your initial cost. Spend what you have to, but then don’t spend more than you should. Have a budget and stick to it. For instance, don’t negotiate to sell a retail good for a wholesale price, knowing that it affects your bottom line. In investing, the term for it is ‘stop loss.’  Let it be an offer that you are willing to comfortably accept not pressured to take even when it affects your profit.

When negotiating, money is not all that matters.

Money is not everything. This probably sounds cliche. We often forget they are other things more important than money which can lead to long time relationships. Figure out what you and your negotiating partner value, and consider how it would be beneficial to you in the long run. You should ask for these things or offer what they want. Let say, you are negotiating for a job, negotiate for more benefits; a higher spending budget, a certain colleague to be transferred to your team, higher commission, performance-based bonus, vacation days, or compensation package. Same goes for a deal, ask what is beneficial to your company in the long run, or puts lesser cost burden of the project on your side.

Consider Terms:

Determine how long the agreement would last, in the event, the negotiation deal is sealed. The length of the agreement should be part of the negotiation process. Consider how long the results of the deal will manifest. And if it is a new company or small company which can’t carry you on for too long, then consider a short term agreement, the prospect to turn it into a long time agreement if the conditions works out well for both sides.

Note: You don’t have to be experienced to negotiate. When you don’t have employees who are skillful in this area, a great option is to outsource it to agencies like BHL solutions and co. When a negotiation is successful, it accelerates your company one way or the other.

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5 Of The Best Container Handling Practises

Every shipping and logistics company knows it is important to carry out the best practices when handling containers at the warehouse and during shipping.

This is to guarantee the best customer experience for clients and ensure all crew involved are safe throughout the trip.

Below are some of the best container handling practices.

1. Thorough Inspection of the container:

It is best practice always ensure containers are waterproof, clean and not leaking. It is also important to check if these containers are leaking and ensure the doors are locked properly to prevent unwanted external elements from breaching.

Other things to inspect are the physical condition for holes, the date and integrity of its last repair and its ability to withstand the weather elements. Also the nature of the most recent cargoes removed from it to determine if there are chances it has holes.

Also, a proper check should be done on the weight of the container using belt scales or truck scales after all inspection.

2. Weighing all goods to be stuffed and un-stuffed:

Checking the weight of all materials to be stuffed and un-stuffed from the containers with reliable and well calibrated weights is a very important practice.

This will help ensure a container is only loaded within its capacity and ensure less damage in case of turbulence.

Among the machinery to be used for this process is shipping scales, floor scales, forklift scales, etc.

“Stuffing and un-stuffing” refers to the loading and unloading of cargo into containers.

3. Ensure all Containers are lashed properly.

To prevent damage of goods and the container itself, container lashing is very important.

This ensures the container stays static during transport and in tough weather conditions.

Depending on the nature of the lashing, a number of containers can be lashed to one block. In other cases where lashings are done singularly, secure them to the strongest parts of the ship’s structure and fittings.

The best kind of lashing is tight and short for a stronger grip.

4. Proper arrangement and stowage of Containers

One of the best practices that ensures containers reach their destinations safely is stowing them properly.

This is when containers are arranged safely and compactly so they endure the turbulence of sea transport with minimal damage.

During stowing, it is important to consider the features of the container and the nature of the goods in it (depending on the hazards they may come with).

Wet and dry cargo need different kinds of stowing. Not stowing cargo properly could lead to severe damage and losses incurred.

Bottom cargo will have to be the heavier material while lighter ones will stay on top.

Of course, the hazardous goods will be separated from others and placed in containers with compatible goods.

It is also important to ensure this separation is in compliance with segregation requirements.

Goods will be chafed if containers aren’t stowed properly, due to the motion of the vessel and sea vibration.

5. Ensure that all containers are secured properly.

The final practice to ensure your container is handled properly is ensuring that there are no spaces or loose packages on the top.

Securing the doors of all containers is important and ensure containers are arranged such that it is easy to identify the serial numbers for insertion on the bill of lading.

Overloading can be hazardous and reduce or totally avoid pressure on doors and from metals to other metals as this can cause a slippery environment.

Finally, proper documentation of the cargo is very important as it helps ensure all stuffed goods arrive in the same condition they left the port and there is no loss.

At BHL, our professional packing and container services, not only will you save time and energy, but can also rest assured your stuff will be correctly packed and labeled and that the space within your container will be efficiently packed.

Credits: Universalcargo.com