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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

Integrated transport

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

European logistics managers

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

Pallet shipping

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

SOLUTRANS fair 2019

What to expect from the SOLUTRANS fair in November 2019

The freight forwarders network is looking forward to the upcoming 15th edition of the international biannual trade fair for urban and road transport solutions SOLUTRANS which is set to take place on November 19-23 2019 at the Euroexpo in Lyon, France. The program of the event includes themes such as innovation, mobility, digitalization, alternative energy resources, training and employment in the transport including the international freight forwarding business.     The European logistics companies, along with their colleagues from the transport business will be joining together to show the latest tendencies in the area in the exhibit, and discuss all… Read more

India Warehousing Show

Details about GreyOrange‘s supply chain automation solutions from the 8th India Warehousing Show

The International Forwarding Association is always interested in the latest innovations in the field of storage and distribution and the automation of the supply chain. During the 8th India Warehousing Show which took place on June 21-23 2018 in Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, GreyOrange which is an international company for robotics and supply chain automation presented its portfolio with all of its latest end-to-end solutions for the automation of the supply chain. It is expected that more International freight forwarders that offer distribution services and contract logistics will be implementing these or similar solutions to improve the efficiency, timeliness… Read more

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What IFA is doing to prevent cargo theft

Unfortunately, with the growing globalization and the increased intensity and volumes of the international freight services, the risk of cargo theft has increased as well. On a global level, the cargo high jacking of sea vessels has led to a loss of millions of tons of oil, fuel, and chemicals which have been sold at the black market. The tendency for cargo theft from trucks used by the international freight forwarders has been growing as well. One of the main reasons for the increased risk of theft of cargo is the advanced technology which is helping not only the freight… Read more

European Logistics

An overview of the supply chain trends in 2018 and forecasts for the future

The International Forwarding Association follows the logistics and supply chain trends closely so that the forwarders throughout Europe from IFA can react to the new tendencies and meet the new demands of all customers in a timely manner. Here are some of the main trends which the international freight forwarders association has been following in 2018, and the predictions about the upcoming tendencies in the supply chain sector for 2019. Storage and distribution automation and warehouse robotics With the rapid advancement of technology and robotics, it comes to no surprise that more freight forwarders are implementing advanced warehouse and distribution… Read more

Delamod Bulgaria best forwarding company

Delamod Bulgaria is awarded as the best forwarding company for Eastern Europe for 2018

We are pleased to announce that in this year’s Balkan Enterprise Awards 2018 Dellamod Bulgaria took the first prize for Best Shipping Company for Eastern Europe in 2018. The winning prize among the strong competition is a proof for the professionalism and the work of our entire team over the years! Balkan Enterprise Awards is one of the most prestigious competitions in the business communications sector. A jury with international staff of transport and logistics specialists explored the nominees and cast the winner after taking into account the online presentation of each company through press releases, customer reviews, presence in… Read more

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How IFA can help inexperienced companies expand their global supply chains

The supply chain includes every single aspect of moving goods from their production through the vendor to the end customer. The supply chain consists of manufacturers, vendors, intermediaries, freight forwarders and customers. With the globalization and the rapid growth in international trade, the supply chain and all its members are no longer contained within the borders of one single country. Rather, it includes customers, manufacturers, and vendors from different countries. Today, China has become a leader in global trade and economy, and with the shifting markets, the global supply chain is becoming more complicated and complex as well. This means… Read more

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Management of supply chain and transportation documentation

The experts from the international freight forwarders association can assist their customers by helping with the three most important transportation documents for all international freight forwarding services we provide, including specialized transportation, small shipments, complete loads and all others – the bill of lading, the freight bill and the FOB terms of sale. The Bill of Lading This is the sole most important transport document for all international freight services provided for the forwarding of goods handled by the European logistics network.     Lading stands for a contract for the international freight forwarding of any kind of goods and… Read more