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Why is logistics essential for just about every single company around the world?

The members of the International Forwarding Association have always been working hard to provide the best and most reliable European logistics services possible because they are all aware of the importance of logistics for the overall economy, the international commerce and the wellbeing of the people on the continent. So, what is logistics, and what makes it so important for almost all other businesses? Logistics as a term first originated in the military and was used as a term to describe the process of supplying equipment and other army supplies to the different troops and military bases and zones. As… Read more

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How the advent of technology has completely changed the logistics industry

Just three decades ago, logistics and the services provided by international freight forwarders was part of the supply chain which was never fully transparent, clear and predictable. The reason why the international freight services in the 1970s and 1980s were so uncertain and not straightforward was the lack of means to keep track of the shipments, their exact location, and condition in real time. Thanks to the rapid development in technology in the past few decades, today the list of logistics companies from IFA and all freight forwarders around the world have the technological and communication means to track all… Read more

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The trends in logistics and the supply chain management to look for in 2019

We are close to the end of the first quarter of 2019, and the freight forwarders and European logistics companies from IFA are already prepared to meet the expected trends which will likely shape the logistics and supply chain industry this year. They are all a direct result of the growing diversity and increasing globalization, as well as the rapid development of AI, IoT and automation technologies in the last few years. Here are the main trends to look forward to in 2019, according to the International Forwarding Association: 3PL trends for 2019 Third-party logistics is expected to continue expanding… Read more

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Everything you need to know about logistics management

The member companies of the International Forwarding Association (IFA) are all specialized in logistics management. Here is an overview of all you need to know about the term logistics management and how it is implemented by the European network for transportation: What is logistics? As you probably know, logistics is the process which the members of the freight forwarders directory use for the coordination and for moving goods, cargo and other resources, including machinery, food, inventory, materials, liquids, and even people from one location to another. Logistics was first introduced as a military term and was used to describe the… Read more

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The benefits of using cross-docking by the companies from IFA

The practice of cross-docking which is becoming increasingly popular among the members of the freight forwarders association and among all storage and distribution services and warehouse logistic companies involves the delivery of products from the production plant to the end customer with minimal or even no material handling done in between. The use of cross-docking also reduces the need for storage space for the products, because in most cases they are delivered to the loading dock directly and prepared by outbound delivery by the members of the International Forwarding Association. Implementing effective cross docking solutions by the list of logistics… Read more

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The cost of stockouts and their overall effect on the supply chain and the freight forwarders association

All of the member companies of IFA are aware of the negative effect of a stockout for any business. A stockout means that the storage and distribution services provided by the International Forwarding Association run out of a particular item, which leads to canceled orders and the impossibility to fulfill them. A stockout can lead to significant losses for any company. This is why the European network for transportation is working on optimizing its supply chain services so that the risk of running out of a particular product is minimized, and so that the customers receive the items they want… Read more

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Everything you need to know about Lean Logistics

You may have heard of the term “Lean Logistics” which is becoming more popular among the European logistics companies from the International Forwarding Association. If you are not quite sure what lean logistics is and how it can improve the supply chain and the processes and services offered by the forwarders throughout Europe, read on to find out everything you need to know about this relatively new concept. What exactly is lean logistics Lean logistics is a supply chain process which can help the members of the freight forwarding association reduce the costs for their services, improve their overall performance,… Read more

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The road to success of the reverse logistics services provided by IFA

While reverse logistics is a part of the services offered by the International Forwarding Association, it has often been overlooked in the past. The truth is there are multiple benefits of the reverse logistics procedures implemented by the companies from the European logistics network, which have paved way to success for the international freight forwarders and their multiple clients. What exactly is reverse logistics? This is the process which includes all of the procedures implemented by the international freight forwarders network for dealing with product returns, as well as their repairs, maintenance, storage and distribution, recycling and dismantling. It is… Read more

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How Blockchain Can Transform the Supply Chain

As members of IFA know, the supply chain is becoming ever so complicated with problems like delays in the payment between manufacturers and suppliers as well as between customers and retailers. The contractual agreements as well as contract logistics often require using the services of banks and lawyers which add to the delays and the costs. There is also the problem with the traceability of the goods back to the suppliers which makes it difficult to deal with defects and returns. The lack of direct communication between the suppliers, retailers and the customers can lead to frictions and can involve… Read more

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Adapting to digital e-commerce by the logistics companies

As with all aspects of commerce, online retail is affecting the storage and distribution and the overall logistics services provided by freight forwarders from the International Forwarding Association as well. Today, the average consumer is relying mainly on their smartphone to purchase all kinds of goods and services – from grocery shopping to making serious investments. Customers expect a growing choice of products, better prices, discounts, and further convenience when it comes to payment and speedy delivery by the national and international freight services. The European logistics network and businesses dealing with international freight services need to keep in line… Read more

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The essential supply chain trends to keep an eye on in 2019

Now that 2018 is over, it is time for the companies and freight forwarders throughout Europe who are part of IFA to analyze the results from the past year and start thinking about the new tendencies expected to affect the business in the supply chain area. So, what should the members of the European logistics network expect for the storage and distribution service and the developments in the supply chain business for 2019?     Here are the main trends which will have the greatest impact for all parties involved in the distribution, contract logistics and other services offered by… Read more

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Why Intermodal transport has become such a popular shipment service in recent years

Intermodal transport has become increasingly popular among the member companies of IFA and other companies providing international freight forwarding services. More companies from the freight forwarders association are utilizing intermodal transport because it decreases the price and the time for international freight forwarding shipments. It also is a way to enhance green logistics and decrease the carbon footprint of the list of logistics companies from the International Forwarding Association. So, what exactly is intermodal transport? Intermodal transport in Europe is the forwarding and transport of goods and cargo without actually handling them when the transport modes are changed. For each… Read more

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The news and events which changed the world of logistics in 2018

Now that the New Year is here, it is time for the IFA community to analyze the most important news and events in the sphere of international freight forwarding for 2018. Here are the most essential international freight forwarding and logistics news of the past year, which will no doubt affect the developments in the storage and distribution and European logistics as well as all other international freight services in 2019 as well. Truck orders have soared In 2018, there was a tendency for a steady increase in truck orders made by members of the European logistics network, as well… Read more

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Everything you need to know about Dry Vans

Dry van shipping remains the most popular and widely used freight forwarding method used for the international freight services provided by the members of IFA. The reason is that this type of transport where enclosed trailers are used for complete loads, pallet shipping, European groupage services and all kinds of other freight forwarding needs is so popular, is the fact that it is highly available and offers multiple benefits both for the companies from the European logistics network but for their customers as well. What exactly is a Dry Van? A dry van trailer is used for transporting large quantities… Read more

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The serious challenges which European logistics managers are facing every day

The majority of the logistics managers from the European Logistics Network are faced with multiple challenges and need to multi-task on a daily basis. This is partly due to the boost of international trade and the increasing demand for timely, cheap and reliable international freight forwarding services but there are many other problems which need to be resolved each and every day. Here are some of the main challenges which the managers from IFA are currently facing. Improvement of customer service Proper logistics management is all about supplying the proper quantity of the right goods or cargo to the right… Read more

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How the companies from IFA are ensuring that the pallets with goods are safely arranged and secured

All member companies of IFA are aware of the vital importance of palletizing the goods and cargo properly for storage and distribution as well as for safe and reliable International freight forwarding. Having such knowledge and skills can save a lot of time and money for all members of the European logistics network because they can avoid or minimize the risk of freight damage during the pallet shipping and other international freight services. Here are the main steps which each and every one of the companies from the International Forwarding Association always follows when they are palletizing goods for their… Read more

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The new See-Think-Act truck monitoring system will change international freight forwarding

A new system for the blind zones of the trucks, which are not visible in the rear view mirrors was presented during the IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2018 event. The German producer ZF Friedrichshafen AG introduced its innovative monitoring system in Hannover. It will help the truck drivers to prevent possible collisions with other vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians during turns. This system can help make the trucks used by the forwarders throughout Europe safer for the other members of the traffic, especially in urban settings.   The system includes sensors which are placed on the right side of the vehicle which will… Read more

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IFA is looking towards the implementation of smart containers for European logistics services

Thanks to the implementation of smart containers used for international freight forwarding, each container will be connected to the IoT. This will make it possible for the members of the freight forwarders association to check the status of each container used by the European network for transportation in real time. Such a system will help the forwarders throughout Europe to monitor not only the location of each smart container but also monitor other factors which can affect the condition of the cargo including the temperature, humidity levels, vibrations, shocks, as well as the opening and closing of the doors. This… Read more

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The EU toll system will become distance based in 2023

The EU countries which are currently using time-related toll systems must adopt a new distance-based road charging system which differentiates the tolls in accordance with the emissions from the different vehicles. This was decided on October 25th by the European Parliament when the new toll legislation system proposal was first presented to the members. The next step includes all of the negotiations which will take place in the European Union Council. The new taxation system which will affect all drivers and transport businesses, as well as the list of logistics companies from the International Forwarding Association, is expected to be… Read more

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How IFA can be affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act

The International Forwarding Association has been steadily working on implementing various visibility tools in order to comply with international food safety regulations. Since there have been worrying signals for food getting recalled by the manufacturers and retailers, and for cases when certain foodstuffs have been found to cause sickness and other health problems, the companies from the European network for transportation have been working on limiting the risk of foodstuffs which are being transported getting spoiled or otherwise damaged or contaminated during their transportation, storage and distribution provided by the international freight forwarders. The adoption of FSMA In the US,… Read more