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Why automation alone won’t kill the freight forwarder says BIFA

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has reacted to speculation that Amazon and Uber may be about to launch their own global freight brokerage businesses. BIFA director general Robert Keen underlined “the vastly challenging and circuitous landscape” that traditional freight forwarders and brokers operate in on a daily basis. The trade association for UK freight [...]

PODCAST: the role of freight forwarders in cross-border e-commerce supply chains

By Gavin van Marle06/03/2017 This week's Loadstar Podcast looks at the central role freight forwarders will continue to play in global supply chains, despite the transformation currently sweeping the industry with the surge in e-commerce volumes and technology-induced disruption. Cross-border e-ecommerce shipments have so far been the preserve of the global integrators, but a new [...]

The Benefits of Choosing an Independent Freight Forwarder

What is an independent freight forwarder? An independent freight forwarder is not part of “multinationals” or “global freight forwarders.” They have their own offices, which they do not typically own worldwide, but do business with agents and partners around the world, depending on their clients’ needs. Many businesses face the challenge of deciding whether to [...]

Freight forwarding industry bears $500m bill for ocean rate processing

The global freight forwarding community could be incurring as much as $500m in costs a year to receive and process carrier freight rates, according to a report by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. While Drewry found the biggest multinational forwarders were spending around $1m a year – mostly in labour costs to find and manage rates [...]

Cloud Competing: Small forwarders embrace virtual IT to survive

It’s late afternoon on a Thursday and the weather report keeps getting angrier. Wind speeds are increasing, the rain is pounding the doors of your distribution center and there’s talk of a storm surge to come when the eyewall makes landfall in a few hours. Just another typical early autumn day for a 3PL in [...]

Forwarder fightback against ‘death threats’ from online freight marketplaces

Another day, another headline: Forwarders under threat! Death of the Middleman! Automate or the industry won’t need you! It’s not the kind of Monday motivation we look for. But it’s true, we should be worried. We’re under attack. New tech start-ups, ‘game-changing’ market entries from the big guys, aggressive competition from our long-term suppliers, all [...]

WCA and collaborate on cross-border e-commerce shipments

Logistics network WCA and e-tailer have signed a co-operation agreement that will see approved WCA member companies integrated into the logistics platform for cross-border e-commerce shipments. WCA, the independent freight forwarder alliance, will provide its professional support in “vetting and approving” international logistics providers for the customers of Approved providers will have [...]

Secretary Zhang Yanming Met with John Zerafa, International Business Development Advisor of Henan Hangang Holdings Group

On the morning of Sept. 14, Zhang Yanming, the member of Standing Committee of CPC Zhengzhou Municipal Party Committee and secretary of Party Working Committee of Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone (ZAEZ) met with John Zerafa, the International Business Development Advisor of Henan Hangang Holdings Group. Zhang Yanming first extended warm welcome to John Zerafa and [...]

Hangang Holdings Group

What differentiates FreightZone is its unique presence in China. As a European company, FreightZone has along the years engaged itself into Advisory Projects related to the “Supply Chain Industry”.  The company has an in-depth knowledge of China’s Demographics as well as the various regional social aspects and trends of the Chinese consumer.  FreightZone has conducted [...]

Seafood – Logistics project

FreightZone Logistics Malta nominated by a Chinese consortium to conduct research, trends, e-commerce, on Seafood consumption in China 2016.