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Streamlining Supply Chain Operations by Choosing the Right Warehousing Option

In logistics, warehouses serve as nodes in the supply chain where goods are received, stored, and distributed, facilitating the smooth operation of the European freight forwarders’ services. Additionally, these facilities help forwarders to consolidate shipments and provide value-added services such as packaging, labelling, and quality control. Depending on the specific needs and scale of operations, freight forwarders can choose from different options, including private, bonded, cross-docking, and consolidation warehousing.   Private Warehousing Private warehouses are typically owned and operated by large manufacturers, retailers, or wholesalers for storing their own goods. However, freight forwarders can also establish and manage their private… Read more

Unraveling Waste in Warehousing: Implications for Freight Forwarders

The backbone of effective supply chains, warehousing operations, often host various forms of waste. These wasteful practices, including excessive inventory, waiting time, inefficient transportation, and over-processing, pose operational challenges that directly impact the performance and efficiency of freight forwarders.   The Consequences of Excessive Inventory In the warehousing context, excessive inventory involves overstocking goods beyond demand requirements. This results in storage constraints as well as high warehousing costs due to additional handling and associated labor costs. For freight forwarders, an overstocked warehouse could mean a limitation on the number of goods that can be accommodated before their forwarding to the… Read more

Depots and Carriers Struggling with Excess Container Capacity

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, sea freight in Europe faced a shortage of containers. Today we’re having the opposite problem: an excess of containers. In addition to declining rates, depots are either full or are quickly filling up, with some operating at 99 to 100 percent capacity. This trend is associated with a decline in global demand, combined with an impending recession. The fact that many operators bought new containers for one-way sailings is only aggravating the situation further.   Why Are Depots Facing Excess Depot managers point to the fact that container volume has skyrocketed to the… Read more

Four Types of Warehouses and How They Work

When people think of warehouses, the image of a dark, cold, and dusty place usually comes to mind. Yet, today’s facilities are modern, clean, and full of light. They keep goods safe, meet urgent demand, and keep the economy moving. Here are 4 types of warehouses and the functions they serve.   Cold Storage Cold storage warehouses are used to keep temperature-sensitive and perishable goods at a specific temperature. They enable cosmetics, artwork, medicines, plants, and foods to have longer lives and maintain their quality and integrity. The types of items that require cold storage include: Aircraft components Hides, wool,… Read more

How IFA is assisting European business with it Warehousing logistics

The companies from the International Forwarding Association are well aware of the importance of the storage and distribution services they provide for the different businesses in Europe. Warehousing is a must for the majority of businesses which produce, export, import or transport goods. Although it may seem like an unneeded expense, the truth is that successfully selling products is not completed by simply fulfilling an order by a customer. A warehouse like those offered by the European network for transportation allows businesses to have better and closer control over their inventory, as well as ensure that the clients receive the… Read more