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What kinds of challenges are modern logistics facing?

The logistics freight forwarding services are an essential part of the activities of many companies and people. With the growing demand for forwarding services due to the increasingly intensifying trade, online commerce and the mobility of the people who are moving to live, work or study in different places and countries, the expectations of the customers of these services are growing too.

This is not the only challenge which the freight forwarders are facing today.

Here we will take a closer look at the technologies which are being implemented in logistics for faster freight forwarding services, as well as the challenges which the logistics companies are faced with in regard to decreasing the negative impact on the environment form their services.

These are some serious challenges, but finding solutions for them result in the offering of better logistics services both for providing complete load freight forwarding as well as for small shipments.


How does the freight forwarders association respond to the growing expectations of its customers?

In order to meet the expectations of our customers for cheaper and regular shipments, we provide a Europe-wide groupage transport service. Apart from the regular groupage forwarding services which allow for regular and cheap transport, the forwarders throughout Еurope also provide a number of other easy solutions for the customers including door-to-door deliveries, as well as real-time tracking of the shipments which allow the customers to check the status of their shipment at any time.


The new technologies are a challenge which allows for a better efficiency

The new technologies being implemented in logistics and in other spheres allow for a much faster and reliable communication among the forwarders throughout Europe. Apart from that, the new technologies also help improve the storage organization, as well as for providing precise data in regard to the stock of cargo and goods for each customer and regarding their safety.

The member companies of IFA use new technologies in their vehicles which allow for easy tracking and for ensuring that appropriate conditions are provided for the fast moving goods and cargo.


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How are faster freight forwarding services achieved

The speed of the shipments depends on the type of transport used. In order to satisfy the requirements of their customers, the companies providing international freight services are looking for additional ways to reduce the shipping terms and times. This is done by faster order processing as well as by providing intermodal routes. Intermodal routes usually combine several types of transport, usually road and water transport for minimizing the shipment time.

The close cooperation between the companies providing international freight forwarding allows for combining shipments in order to achieve shorter delivery terms. Each company knows the routes in its own country very well, and knows where there are repair works or other possible obstacles which can slow down the transport. Instead they choose the best route which will ensure than a minimal amount of time is lost during the transport.


The principles of green logistics

The preservation of the environment is a challenge and an obligation both for the environment as well as for us humans. The companies from the international freight forwarders association use packaging which are reusable, as well as pallets and containers. Apart from that, the shortened routes lead to the reduction of the fuel used and thus the harmful emissions from the burning of fossil fuel. Another principle way for reducing the harmful effect on the environment is the use of less packaging materials for the groupage transport service. For these, thinner packaging is used for the separate units travelling together, which are combine together on pallets. This helps reduce the packaging used and thus the waste resulting from unpacking of the goods or cargo upon delivery.