How can I improve my container shipping visibility and productivity?

This is the question Logistics Managers always ask themselves. Here is some advice about how to answer it:  

Container shipping outdated practices

fcl-container processes-BuyCoThese days, Supply Chain leaders mostly work with many different logistics partners such as freight forwarders, carriers, transportation brokers, cargo/port community systems, port terminals, etc. Current processes involve sending lots of emails and using lots of spreadsheets, but this means professionals end up having to deal with huge quantities of data which becomes very tiresome.

In this context, Logistics Managers and their teams mainly use emails, spreadsheets and phone calls to manage their container shipping operations.  But communicating like this lacks proper structure, quickly turns into a disorganised mess and means companies miss out on visibility.

Furthermore, logistics professionals are wasting hours due to outdated practices. Recently, The Economist wrote a paper on logistics services and how they need to be digitally transformed.

A recent study published by Freightos showed that 42% of respondents spend more than 2 hours on paperwork to arrange one shipment, and 83% say they aren’t able to track their goods while they are being transported around the globe.

Moving from silo working practices to more collaboration

Logistics Managers and their teams are wasting time looking for relevant information about their container shipping operations. This information is often available but not shared on time as some players, like freight forwarders or carriers, sometimes act as silos and don’t properly share their information with their customers – the shippers. .

All in all, Logistics Managers realise that their usual way of managing unstructured information means they are less productive and even demotivates employees.  There is a need to make logistics work simpler and more efficient.

In B2C, we already get updated in real time information about our deliveries, and we expect the same level of service for B2B. We are used to going on online e-commerce platforms, such as Amazon or Darty, buying our products and then easily getting instant updates about where our products are as well as their expected time of arrival.

Fortunately, nowadays, new digital players are bringing these two worlds closer together. New digital solutions provide Logistics Managers with the right tools for managing, sharing and updating real time information about container shipping operations.

Collaborative platforms for more transparency and control

Emerging collaborative platforms are now addressing this issue with a fresh approach by getting players to collaborate more to make sure they are on the same page. Managers, their teams and partners don’t need to keep asking for updates, documents and information about their ongoing transportation files anymore.   

Collaborative platforms bring more transparency, visibility and efficiency to shipping operations which make logistics teams more productive and enjoy their work more. By using digital collaborative platforms, logistics professionals can reduce the number of emails by an average of 73% and save 12 hours of work per shipment.

Logistics Managers can achieve one of their main goals which is to bring more reliability to the supply chain, since their teams are now more focused on deviations via timely alerts that drive their attention to what is an important issue that needs solving at the right time.  

From experience, we know all too well how expensive it can be not to take the right action at the right time. For instance, a container blocked at customs and kept in the port slot because of a missing document can result in thousands of euros in penalties.

Regarding this issue, Gianluca Bissaro, ALPI Logistics Manager, one of the largest European importers of African wood says, “when I considered the cost of purchasing BuyCo service compared to the thousands of euros spent on containers getting stuck at ports, we didn’t wait a second to get onboard the BuyCo solution and are now making huge savings”.

The need for container shipping analysis

If you think your container shipping business deserves a new, up-to-date digital solution adjusted to more modern communication which will help you work better, we are here to assist you.

We will be happy to help you with this new digital start by a free assessment of your shipping processes. By the end of this first assessment, we will quickly provide you with targeted advice on how to improve visibility and transparency on your logistics flows. Then, we will give you some insight into the potential savings you can expect by implementing our digital collaborative solutions.

Doing so is very easy, you just need to download your first free logistics container report on the following page.

Get your free report on your containers logistics 

Note about our digital solutions:

Buyco provides shippers with a cloud-based collaborative platform for better managing the process by inviting every participant to the transportation process: freight forwarders, carriers, transportation brokers, cargo/port community system, port terminals.