With a few easy tricks, anyone can boost the competitive edge of their company and become a hero over time. There are easy and effective principles that any buyer, seller, logistics or supply chain professional can apply to their international shipping arrangements and achieve incredible end results.
|Here are five ways to reduce shipping expenses and eliminate daily dreaded shipping tasks:
|1) Utilize each service option
Each and every region is unique in its own way and has many vertical markets. Each trade lane has cheaper, faster, and route-specific shipping options. Working with a provider that can offer you a variety of service options will make the difference between saving and losing. Be aware of each ocean or air carrier and their service options, then filter and choose wisely depending on your pricing needs. This will allow you to reduce your logistics expenses and optimize your efficiency in your international shipments
|2) Choose a service provider that will provide you personalized service
Service issues and problems are inevitable and can be both costly and painful to deal with. Not every company has the same shipping needs and not every provider can afford to deliver a need oriented, personalized service. A shipping provider should be an expert and with their expertise, make your life easier. It is important that you work with a company that specializes in your commodity and more importantly – understands your needs. Consider working with a flexible shipping provider and shape your service as you see fit. Delegate some of your daily shipping tasks to your account logistics specialist. Indeed this is possible, and not only will it allow you to focus on other areas of your business, it will let you enjoy more free time and less painful work days.
|3) Utilize online tools and platforms
Luckily, we live in an era where we can access information easily each and every day. Today’s technology allows providers to offer online shipping tools for tracking and tracing. Take advantage of these. Learn and use them correctly. It is important that you work with a company that also offer you these tools for your convenience.
|4) Reliability and quality is not an option – it is a must
Service quality has always been an issue in the shipping industry. Before you decide to work with your provider, ask them if they have references and documentation that can hold them accountable. It is more likely for a company who works with industry leaders to repeat their success with you.
|5) Make sure your provider is financially solid
As per Plimsoll, a UK based Industry research firm, one third of the top 400 shipping providers in the world are in financial distress. Look for proof of good financial standing before you chose a shipping provider. Do your research and do not take it for granted, this way you can avoid unpleasant surprises.
At MTS Logistics, we have been making it very easy for our clients to reduce logistics expenses and eliminate their dreaded daily shipping tasks.
With over 15 service contracts with all major ocean carriers, MTS will provide you access to multiple shipping options for your ocean and air shipments. You will be able to filter these options and optimize your logistics expenses based on your pricing, routing or transit time needs.
Our clients always receive personalized service from us and have the ability to shape it as they see fit. Our logistics account managers are highly trained to specifically provide A-to-Z shipping service. Starting from today, you can let our Logistics Managers handle your daily shipping tasks.
MTS offers state of the art online tools and platforms. Our clients have online visibility from the booking stage until delivery at your door. Clients can approve and view bookings and even switch carrier or pricing options. Invoices, arrival notices and more can be viewed and printed out with one easy click.
MTS holds an ISO 9001:2008 Certification. What this means to our clients is that we work with certain standardized procedures to achieve consistent and high quality service. You can trust us with your cargo while keeping your peace of mind. Only five percent of the industry can hold this type of service certification. We work with industry leaders and have excellent references.
MTS is financial strong and stable, graded A+ through Dun & Bradstreet. Today’s volatile shipping industry it is a must to work with companies that are financially sound. At MTS there are no rooms for unpleasant surprises.
Call us today at 212-594-3117 or e-mail us at [email protected] to find ways to reduce your logistics cost and eliminate your shipping tasks today.