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Top Reasons You Should Include NVOCCs in Your Bid This Contract Season

Traditionally, BCOs or Beneficial Cargo Owners go straight to the lines (ocean carriers) during negotiations. However, a good contract is a well-balanced contract with regards to utilizing NVOCCs (NVO) and depending on your volumes the Carriers/Lines as well. Below are SimpliShip’s top reasons to include NVOCCs in your contract this season.

Capacity Management

This may go against the traditional school of thought but NVOCCs play a critical role in managing capacity on your behalf whether you are a large global enterprise or a medium size Shipper. Historically, many BCOs believe they are getting the best possible outcome when it comes to getting capacity commitments by going straight to the Lines. However, in times of capacity constraints an NVO plays a critical role as they have contracts with many different Carriers and have much more flexibility. So, they may be able allocate your shipment to a Carrier that has space and is willing to take your freight much easier and quicker that you would be able to.

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Container Booking No Shows and Overbooking

In response to:

Seeking to break the age-old cycle of container overbooking, no-shows

The article does a very good job of outlining what a no show or overbooking is as well as the potential solutions many in the "log tech" arena have put forward as potential solutions. But, what seems to get lost in these discussions is the fact this is not solely a logistics problem, it’s an entire Supply Chain problem with logistics feeling the repercussions. Don’t get me wrong, as Co-founder of SimpliShip, I absolutely love the fact that there are companies out there trying to solve the no show/overbooking problem but I'd suggest rather than simply implementing new "fees" (does international shipping really need a new fee?) we tackle the root cause and use a combination of common sense and technology to bring us closer to a more efficient end game.

I've spent a considerable amount of time facing this issue from the BCO (Beneficial Cargo Owners) side for both large and small companies which is why I believe it's essential that those trying to solve the problem truly understand why this isn't simply a logistics problem.

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Making Urban Freight Distribution Sustainable

Port cities around the world deal with the difficult task of accommodating freight distribution in busy and congested urban settings. Current infrastructure in these cities does not adequately meet the needs of incoming and outgoing traffic and cargo activity. Along with normal urban bustle, port cities often have increased congestion from cruise line terminals and tourist attractions in the area. But sustainable urban development and restructuring can change current deficiencies in freight mobility. Europe and other nations aim to increase energy efficiency and improve the productivity in the urban freight industry through regulation (and deregulation), by improving communications, and upgrading technologies.

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Impact of Digitization on the Rail Freight Industry

Shipping commerce is not only increasing, but is also increasing in complexity; moving freight with a minimal amount of waste space, delay, and incorrect shipments is essential. Great leaps forward in digitization have changed the way rail is controlled and expedited, and these changes are expected to only continue as more digitized management is implemented and synchronized across platforms.

Rail Asset Management

Managing a rail system is very maintenance intensive and distributed over enormous distances. Digital systems that monitor the state of various components, from track to engines to shipping containers, are saving time and man-hours of payment by isolating which places in the rail assets of a particular company need repair and getting a nearby repair team to the problem quickly. These systems consolidate and coordinate efforts that would require an entire team of communicators if done in an analog environment.

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