9 ways a freight forwarder adds value to the global supply chain
Some might consider the services of a freight forwarder a non-essential shipping expense – however, a good freight forwarder can add exceptional value, not only for its clients but right along the global supply chain. If you need convincing that freight forwarding services are worth investing in, take a look at these nine ways they add value.
#1 Expert Advice
Moving goods from A to B is no easy task – especially moving goods internationally. A specialist freight forwarder will make the process far simpler for all types of user, from novice importers to global businesses.
It makes sense to utilise the years of experience that a freight forwarder has – although, like with everything, choose your service provider carefully. At John Good Shipping, we have over 180 years’ experience in the sea freight industry, so you can enjoy peace of mind when trusting us with the transportation of your goods.
#2 Cost Efficiency
A freight forwarder will be able to advise of the most cost effective shipping method – as well as helping its client to balance both cost and value. The cheapest option might not always be the best! And whichever mode of transportation you choose, it’s likely that you’ll benefit from the freight forwarder’s good relationships and connections when it comes to the bottom line.
#3 More Profit and Cheaper Goods
As well as offering cost-effective transportation choices, freight forwarders also allow traders to buy and sell in bulk quantities, which leads to lower prices along the supply chain and cheaper goods for the end buyer.
A reputable freight forwarder has built its business on moving goods in a reliable and timely manner, so you can rest assured that delivering excellent service matters. And if an issue does crop up, a freight forwarder is likely to have contingency plans in place to counter it, therefore minimising the effect on the client and their business.
Freight forwarders utilise the very best technology to ensure the reliability and transparency that’s important to their customers. Tracking technology, for example, is crucial, as it enables the client to keep their customer or end user informed.
#6 Time Efficiency
As the saying goes, time is money, and utilising the services of a freight forwarder can save a business both. Taking care of the entire process of moving goods is time-consuming, meaning additional work hours that a business has to pay for. A freight forwarder frees its clients from the time, stress and hassle involved, and outsourcing to an expert can often be more cost effective than trying to struggle through the process yourself.
The technology and streamlined systems utilised by freight forwarders mean that the shipping companies, ports and other service providers that they deal with also benefit from quick, efficient transactions.
#7 Valuable Link Between Buyers and Sellers
Moving goods around the world can be complicated, so having a specialist facilitator to make it easier for buyers and sellers to trade is important and valuable. A freight forwarder helps to unlock a global market contributing to strong economies and making goods more accessible.
#8 Strong Economies
Importing and exporting are important parts of a country’s economy, so the easier this is to do, the better.
#9 End User Accessibility to Goods
Of course, the movement of goods isn’t just essential for economic reasons. We all benefit from being part of the global community and having access to commodities that are grown, made or manufactured abroad – from the simplest things like our morning cup of coffee to life-saving pharmaceuticals and equipment.
If you’re still unsure that freight forwarding will be of benefit to you, our friendly shipping experts are always happy to answer any further questions you might have.