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Using Guard Houses to Bolster Workplace Security

Jul 14 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

With global and public eye concentrating on violent attacks both domestic and abroad, many companies and corporations have looked for a better way to provide protection for their employees and their business as a whole. Certain organizations immediately raise their red flag when security risks arise: airports, government buildings, schools, and hospitals. And their reactions seem very fair and honest. After all, these places typically have a lot of public traffic, high profile people or house sensitive information. However, other industries, for whatever reason, do not seem to quite follow suit… The National Criminal Justice Reference Service shows the average number of employees per security officer for a number of different industries. Industries with a lot of public foot traffic (arenas, entertainment, and casinos) “beef up” their security with 1 security officer for every 38 employees. But the companies in the Transportation, Logistics, Warehousing, & Supply Chain sector have 1 security officer for every 417 employees, showing by far the greatest disparity of any industry surveyed. Not only does this leave a minimal amount of security for employees, but also, leaves little protection for all of the valuable inventory and equipment these facilities hold. So, what kind of benefits would these companies see from increasing their facilities’ security? What kind of security systems would they put into place, and how could they do it? These are all questions that we will focus on and discover an answer for in this post! So let’s get to it!

Access Control

In the realm of protection for businesses and corporations, one of the most prominent and probably the most obvious form of security is physical security. Physical security, as you might have guessed, will typically be anything that protects your facility’s people, property, programs, or data which includes vandalism, theft, and even acts of terrorism. Of these “physical security” measures, one of the most prominent is what is known as “access control.” This practice allows for a facility to control who goes in and goes out of the property. In fact, for school systems, access control is the number one most commonly practiced form of physical security (Source: National Center for Education Statistics).

The main reason access control is such a popular and effective method of physical security is that it allows you to properly log all facility traffic, almost like an accounting department. Every entry into your facility must first be approved then will require a corresponding exit, like credits and debits in an accounting book. As long as your book is balanced at the end of the day, everything is perfect, but if there is an imbalance you will be able to spot it and correct it quickly, thanks to using access control. However, the most important part of access control is being able to actively deny someone access. Facilities that only have a main gate do not necessarily have this ability due to “piggybacking” which occurs when another person slips in while a security gate is open for an authorized person. So what is the best method of controlled access to ensure no one can slip through the cracks?

To ensure that your organization can prevent “piggybacking” into your facility, further steps must be taken in the form of at least one security officer and a guard house to be used as the main security checkpoint in you access control system. In most cases, having active security personnel at your main gate will be enough to dissuade potential intruders as a form of a psychological barrier to entrance. In the case of someone does still attempt to gain access to your facility, your security officer will be in perfect position to safely stop the individual. If security is unable to stop the intruder, they will still be able to alert the facility and the authorities, so the facility can be put on lockdown and help would arrive shortly (assuming your guards are unarmed). Perhaps the greatest benefit to having a guard house and security officer is the psychological impact. We mentioned earlier that just the presence of a guard house can potentially stop an intruder before they even decide to gain access to your facility. But more importantly, these features offer peace of mind to all of the members of your facility, which can be invaluable to your company’s environment and wellbeing. But, as we all know, there are other ways for a person to gain access to your facility besides the main entrance, and there will sometimes be undesirable ongoings in your facility that your security officer will not be able to see.

Using Your Guard Booth as Video Surveillance Center

In order to keep the rest of your facility in check, installing a video surveillance system inside your guard house will provide you with a constant assessment of the entire property, as extensively as you want. When most criminals are looking to stealthily gain access to a facility, they look for those areas with the least amount of light and the least amount of foot traffic (obviously steering clear from the guard house). This way, the intruder will have the greatest chance of getting into and out of your facility without even being noticed. But, with a surveillance system, you can strategically place cameras in these low visibility areas and turn your weaknesses into strengths. Some facilities opt to have guard patrol the grounds of the property on foot, however, these guards can only be at one place at a time. Therefore, if you want to have a full view of the entire facility, you are going to need a lot more officers. Conversely, with a surveillance system, you will be able to have an officer or two watches over the entire facility from the comfort and safety of their guard booth.

Similar to the psychological impact that a guard house has on employees and potential criminals, having a surveillance system inside your guard house provides the same type of influence. Especially with the use of signs stating “this area is being video recorded,” video systems have proven to be an efficient way to not only catch criminals but to deter them from committing any crime in the first place.

The article “Measuring the Effects of Video Surveillance on Crime in Los Angeles” by USC’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development, shows crime statistics on Hollywood Boulevard before and after the implementation of a CCTV system. A number of property crimes committed decreased 17.8% after the video surveillance system was put into place. Also, the total amount of crime in the area decreased by 10.3% in that time. However, also stated in the study,

Surveillance may prove useful for targeting certain types of crimes in certain areas as a tool to aid law enforcement, but it may be less effective in deterring or reducing other types of crimes in other areas. For instance, crimes of passion, or crimes in which an individual may be inebriated or unaware of the cameras’ existence, may not be deterred by video surveillance.

Two takeaways from this snippet: One, video surveillance will obviously not deter all types of crime and all types of criminals. Some criminals will not care if the system is there or not and will continue on with their crime regardless. Others might not notice the system at all, but with the system in place, both types of criminals will have a much higher chance of being caught. This point leads us to two; video surveillance should be mostly seen “as a tool to aid law enforcement.” Generally, these systems will function best when seen as a tool to assist the police and your security officers with their duties. Overall, we can see the benefits of access control and video surveillance to your facility, but how can guard houses be used to amplify the effects of these systems?

Your Security and Safety Hub

As we have mentioned earlier, your guard house will be your first point of contact with anyone coming in and out of your facility. But it should also be seen as a major security hub of your facility a place that will handle any and all of your security needs. Especially with the addition of a video surveillance system, your guard house will become the eyes and ears of your facility. Not to mention, your security guards should be trained to foresee any potential threats to your business. And if any employees notice a threat to the facility, the guard house will be the perfect place for them to call and get immediate assistance or help. Because, in order to have the best security system possible for your company, it takes more than just the nuts and bolts of a gate and some guards. The guard house provides them with an area to study the dynamics of the facility, feel out any potential problems between or among employees, and learn any possible risk factors associated with the industry. Ultimately, your guard house will also act as your company’s own war room. The guards will have a place to create their own security “game-plan” if you will, and if you take advantage of some of the security tips mentioned earlier, your guard house will provide your facility with a solid combination of physical, digital, and psychological security processes to give your facility as much protection as possible.

What Do You Need Out of Your Guard House?

Obviously, every industry comes with different potential threats, and every business in each industry has unique obstacles to overcome due to a number of different factors like location or size of your facility. So it can oftentimes be tough to determine what type of guard house will fit your facility the best. Will you just need to act as a checkpoint in and out of your property? Will it need to house a surveillance system and/or a bathroom for your guards? What are the specific threats that your guard(s) and the facility will face? Each of these questions is very important to the size and structure of your guard booth, and we will go over each one to ensure the perfect match.

Will your guard booth just be acting as a checkpoint to your facility?

In certain cases, the security threat to a company or business is relatively low and the owner may just want to provide a guard booth at the front of the entrance to either provide a little extra security or to ensure the peace of mind of his or her employees. Both of these are perfectly good reasons to add a guard booth to your facility, and more than likely, you will not need anything too major. For this type of situation, a “quick ship” guard booth is perfect for greeting and checking the credentials of people coming through the access point. These booths come in sizes of 4′ x 4′ x 8′, 4′ x 6′ x 8′, 4′ x 8’3 x 8′, 6′ x 6′ x 8′, and 6′ x 8’3 x 8′. These booths provide enough work space for one security officer, but they will have more than enough room to work comfortably, especially with an HVAC option included.

Will your guard house need to fit multiple guards or a surveillance system?

In order for your guard house to act as the ultimate “security hub,” you will need to provide a little extra room to set up your video surveillance system and for your guards to work. These buildings can provide your company with access control of your business, they can house any type of video surveillance system, and can be engineered to hold any additional safety features, as you see fit. The guard house can act as a central position for monitoring all actions within the property.

What are the specific threats that your guard(s) and the facility will face?

Certain industries are predisposed to a higher threat level than others. Businesses like casinos, sports arenas, banks, ports, and travel terminals spend a much higher amount of security because they have a much higher threat of terrorist attack, theft of goods or robbery. In these cases, with your security officers being your first line of defense in case of a major threat, your guard house will need to be able to withstand a large amount of force. For such these cases, ballistic rated guard booths can be built to the highest level of NIJ ballistic rated protection. If your guard house needs to be bullet proof or blast proof, ballistic rated options will do the job for you. These are the strongest, most heavy duty options for guard houses, and they will provide your security officers with the maximum amount of safety.

Overall, the security of your facility plays a big role in the mindset of employees and their overall safety and well-being. For your business to provide the most effective security system possible, your company will need to take advantage of a number of different security techniques to provide your property with the most effect security system possible. These guard houses will provide you with access control to your facility, a central point to monitor the entire property, and a place for your guards to organize and develop a security plan for your business.

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Courses in Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Jul 14 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

One realises the importance of logistics only after knowing what it means to your business when delayed deliveries of raw materials result in frequent downtime and the consequent loss of production. It is the same case when your customers start complaining that their ordered goods do not reach them as promised.

Regardless of whether you are a buyer or a seller, your interest is in delivery of your order and not in the promises made to you. A seller is worth as much as his/her uninterrupted procedures and delivering as promised.

If you have to deliver quality service, you need to know the industry norms, which is easy if you undergo a professional logistics course. While there are many courses in supply chain management and logistics available online as well as regular MBA in logistics, it is imperative that you do the right course from a reputable business school.

If you aspire for a career as a logistics manager in a manufacturing organization or a third party logistics provider, you may try a postgraduate college that offers regular MBA (Logistics). If you have a job or own a business that involves a fair amount of shipping, you may opt for a general course such as a weekend MBA logistics course.

There are immense opportunities in the field of supply chain management. Logistics is a fast growing industry. Practically every business needs to manage logistics, for which purpose it either hires a logistics manager or outsource it to a service provider. If you do a postgraduate logistics course, you can expect to get job in any of the manufacturing or retailing companies or with a service provider. If you have the entrepreneurial spirit in you, you may even pursue a career in operational management or become a logistics service provider yourself.

The fact is that efficient logistics add value to an organization. If you have any doubts, then you may want to know why logistics is rated so high. Efficient logistics and supply chain management is instrumental in lowering transportation costs, increasing cash flows and reducing inventory cost. Logistics is the ability of an organization to deliver the right quantity of the right thing at the right place in the right condition and at the right price.

Production logistics is a logistic process that ensures that each machine or workstation is provided with the right item at the right time and in the right quantity. Logistics management, on the other hand, is a component of supply chain management, which is management of a network of interconnected businesses participating in the process of providing a product or service required by the end user.

This is the age of information where every industry is developing new strategies to seize market share, the persons involved in logistics management are finding it difficult to live up to the new standards being set. A diploma in logistics from a reputable business school makes it is easy for the person in charge of a company’s logistics to perform his/her duties in a responsible manner.

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The Types of Transportation Used by Delivery Companies

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The idea of a freight exchange is for users to register an interest in the transportation of different types of cargo – from the perspective of requiring delivery of such as well as carrying out that delivery. Some may seek the assistance of drivers specialising in the movement of livestock, while others might have a need for the delivery of warehouse goods. The workers who use these online networks may use many types of transportation to ensure the job is complete.

Vehicles

Freight exchange users generally travel by road when making essential deliveries. Some of them drive vans, while others make journeys in large articulated lorries. The major delivery companies often use these types of vehicles. They invest in sizeable fleets and send skilled drivers on a wide variety of assignments. Some of these businesses specialise in delivering furniture and household items to domestic customers; others offer the transportation of industrial items to warehouses and manufacturing plants.

Ships

Large seafaring vessels are used in the conveyance of some particularly heavy goods abroad. The major motor manufacturers use the ships to carry their vehicles to different countries. In the loading and unloading, workers use cranes and pallets to lift and move heavy cargo, however it has become more common to employ the method of containerisation, primarily because of the time savings.

Aircraft

International companies began using aircraft to transport mail in 1911. They soon realised this was one of the quickest means of delivery. Specialist aeroplanes such as the Ju290 and Type158 York were constructed in subsequent years specifically for the transportation of goods. There are currently a great number of multinational companies that use aircraft to transport their goods, however most jobs advertised on an online freight exchange will be for a localised area, meaning most are undertaken by an independent delivery companies or owner drivers.

Trains

Throughout history, logisticians have specialised in the rail conveyance of new vehicles, coal, steel and wood. However, it is worth pointing out that use of this method of transport has decreased since the motor manufacturers developed heavyweight lorries and functional vans.

Alternative Transport

The majority of workers who use freight exchange networks do, in fact, rely upon use of the UK’s busy roads. However, there are some who enjoy alternate lifestyles and transport items via the network of canals. Unfortunately this mode of transport has the drawback of being particularly slow.

As technology increases, there are more and more alternatives to cycling or using motorbikes for smaller deliveries. It’s possible logistics companies will use drones to deliver small items to their customers in the future. Some of the leading digital companies have already started using these sophisticated robots. Unfortunately, the droid developers may have some difficulty convincing the regulators in the UK and America.

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Microsoft CRM Integration & Customization: SharePoint Document Gateway

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MS CRM is very close to document workflow automation, including Microsoft Office documents: Words, Excel, etc. The document workflow was perfectly automated about 10 years ago in Lotus Notes Domino. In this small article we describe the solution based on MS CRM integration with MS SharePoint.

Microsoft CRM is new player on CRM applications market and it is gaining its market share. Having different paradigm in its design (it stakes on Microsoft OS and technologies and completely disregards alternative platform, such as UNIX, Linux, Oracle, etc. based). Microsoft CRM market is very diversified: from small (5 users) to large (several hundred MS CRM User licenses) and it serves variety of industries: Transportation, Logistics, Lawyers, Pension Funds, High-Tech, and many others. Deploying technologies, like Windows Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange 2003/2000, SQL Server, Crystal Reports Enterprise, Biztalk, Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Great Plains and Navision in close future – makes CRM a beloved system for Microsoft oriented IT departments.

Let’s go right to the topic.

Major issue with storing documents in MS CRM in the form of attachments to Activity is inability to work on these attached files in cooperation with other colleagues, who do not have to use CRM. When several service people serve requests from the same client this is required. Currently you can use alternative way when you store office documents in the folders of your file system and when modifying document, you save it and reattach to CRM. This is inconvenient, because first it requires all your editing users to have CRM licenses, which delays CRM implementation.

We seem increasing popularity of document storage systems, like Microsoft SharePoint, Oracle Files, etc. Such systems, being implemented gives you time savings, related to documents revisions and versioning, approval cycles and workflows, web access through web-portals systems and the like.

The target of our product is Microsoft SharePoint integration with MS CRM for document storage. Let’s take a look at the high level technical realization details:

oMain modification from the MS CRM side is standard system behavior change when you open attachment in Activity. Standard unmodified CRM suggests you to store documents in the file system. Modified version sores document in SharePoint Document Library (the required library is subject for setup by MS CRM system administrator) or keep it in MS CRM as is (for documents of minor importance). From the moment of saving the document in SharePoint Document Library it is not stored in MS CRM – CRM will now store only the link/reference to the document. Also you are given the ability to open and modify the document at the place of opening, which speeds up MS CRM user performance substantially.

oTable, storing the links to the documents sits in separate database and doesn’t deal with MS CRM tables (you know that you are banned to do structure changes in MS CRM db)

oDocument saving into MS SharePoint process occurs in MS CRM and with its assistance – SharePoint bridge, which does addition and update for the existing document into destination Document Library with MS SharePoint Web Services calls

oUpon the addition into Document Library, MS CRM – SharePoint bridge registers the document in the special table for the future data extraction or notification mechanism registration

oThen, interested users can work with the documents just using MS Office 2003 or other programs/editing tools, assuming these tools have access to MS SharePoint

oFeedback is provided by MS SharePoint Event Handler component. This is special handler, inspecting document change status, transferred from MS CRM to document storage (SharePoint), and report Activity owner on the changes with home page notifications (User home page in MS CRM). User in turn can review the history of the document editing – who, when and where is the change

oOpening Activity, where document is “attached”, and in fact placed into MS SharePoint Document Library, and pressing opening button, MS CRM user gets live version of the data

oThis approach allows you seamless work with MS CRM document in the whole informational space of your company

oAdditional enhancements to this product might be document library management directly from MS CRM (web interface – meaning remotely), administrative interface for MS Sharepoint documents revision, ability to create reports on the document storage status, rights/access management (Author, Reader, Contributor etc) from MS CRM, portal pages integration into MS CRM to name a few.

Happy programming, implementation, customization and modification! If you want us to do the job – call use 1-630-961-5918, 1-866-528-0577! help@albaspectrum.com

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Six Tips For Choosing a Trade Show Shipping Company

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Shipping a trade show booth isn’t like shipping Christmas presents. Luckily, there are shipping firms that specialize in trade show shipping. Here are a few tips for choosing the right one.

Ask about preferred carriers. The trade show you’re attending may work with a preferred carrier that can offer discounts to businesses exhibiting at the show.

Ask for referrals. Ask trade show organizations, colleagues and professionals in your industry, and other companies who’ve used trade show shipping firms before.

Look for experience and skill. Look for a shipping company that understands the special requirements involved in shipping trade show booths and specializes in logistics as well as transport.

Know exactly when the booth with arrive. Your employees need adequate time to unpack and assemble your booth before the show, and you may not be able to do this the night before.

Give yourself time. With everything involved in planning to ship your booth to a trade show, you’ll need to select a vendor and arrange the logistics in plenty of time.

Get the quote up front. Ask the company you choose to provide you with a written price quote that covers all transportation services, weight costs and transportation time.

A lot goes into getting your booth safely to the trade show and back home again. Do your homework and select a shipping company with the experience and skill to do a good job. If you do, you’re more likely to see your booth ship smoothly and arrive on time.

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45 Common Behavioral Interview Questions

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It has become a common practice for recruiters and hiring managers to ask behavioral interview questions. Behavioral interview questions allow them to use a candidate’s past actions to predict their future behavior when facing certain issues/situations on the job. Below we’ve listed 45 of the most commonly asked behavioral interview questions. By taking the time to review these common job interview questions, you will be better prepared for the interview because you will be able to apply true logic and provide evidence of your past accomplishments in your interview process. And these are the type of interviews that make difference in you getting the job or being passed over.

ADAPTABILITY

1. Tell me about a situation in which you had to adjust to changes over which you had no control. How did you handle it?

2. Tell me about a time when you had to adjust to a colleague’s working style in order to complete a project or achieve your objectives.

ANALYTICAL SKILLS / PROBLEM SOLVING

3. What steps do you take to analyze a problem before making a decision? Why?

4. Tell me about a time when you had to analyze information and make a recommendation. What kind of thought process did you go through? Was the recommendation accepted? If not, why?

5. Tell me about a situation where you had to solve a difficult problem. What did you do? What was the outcome? What would you have had done differently?

CUSTOMER SERVICE

6. When have you had to deal with an annoyed customer? What did you do? What was the end result?

7. Give an example of a time you went well out of your way to ensure a customer received the best possible service. What was their reaction?

COMMUNICATION

8. Have you ever had to sell an idea to your co-workers? How did you do it?

9. Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa).

10. What obstacles or difficulties have you ever faced in communicating your ideas to a manager?

CREATIVITY

11. Tell me about a problem that you’ve solved in a unique or unusual way. What was the outcome? Were you happy or satisfied with it?

12. When have you brought an innovative idea into your team? How was it received?

DECISION MAKING

13. Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed. How did you handle it?

14. Give me an example of a time when you had to be quick in coming to a decision. What obstacles did you face?

15. What is one the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make at work? How did you arrive at your decision? What was the result?

16. Give me an example of a decision you made at work that you later regretted. What happened?

GOAL SETTING

17. Give me an example of an important career goal which you set yourself and tell me how you reached it. What obstacles did you encounter? How did you overcome the obstacles?

18. Tell me about a professional goal that you set that you did not reach. How did it make you feel?

19. How have you gone about setting short-term goals and long-term goals for yourself or your team? What steps did you take along the way to keep yourself accountable?

INITIATIVE

20. Describe a project or idea (not necessarily your own) that was implemented primarily because of your efforts. What was your role? What was the outcome?

21. Describe a situation in which you recognized a potential problem as an opportunity. What did you do? What was the result? What, if anything, do you wish you had done differently?

22. Tell me about a project you initiated. What did you do? Why? What was the outcome? Were you happy with the result?

23. Tell me about a time when your initiative caused a change to occur.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

24. Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. How/why was this person difficult? How did you handle it? How did the relationship progress?

25. Describe a situation where you found yourself dealing with someone who didn’t like you. How did you handle it?

26. Describe a recent unpopular decision you made. How was it received? How did you handle it?

27. What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients in guiding and maintaining successful professional relationships? Give me examples of how you have made these work for you.

28. Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa). How did you handle the situation?

LEADERSHIP

29. Tell me about a team project when you had to take charge of the project? What did you do? What was the result?

30. Describe a leadership role of yours outside of work. Why did you commit your time to it? How did you feel about it?

31. What is the toughest group that you have ever had to lead? What were the obstacles? How did you handle the situation?

32. What has been your greatest leadership achievement in a professional environment? Talk through the steps you took to reach it.

33. What have been the greatest obstacles you have faced in building/growing a team?

34. Describe a time when you have not only been responsible for leading a team of people but for also doing the same job as your team members? How did you juggle/balance your time?

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

35. Describe a situation that required you to do a number of things at the same time. How did you handle it? What was the result?

36. How do you prioritize projects and tasks when scheduling your time? Give me some examples.

37. Tell me about a project that you planned. How did your organize and schedule the tasks? Tell me about your action plan.

38. When has a project or event you organized not gone according to plan? What happened? Why? How did you feel?

TEAMWORK

39. Describe a situation where others you were working with on a project disagreed with your ideas. What did you do?

40. Tell me about a time when you worked with a colleague who was not doing their share of the work. How did you handle it?

41. Describe a situation in which you had to arrive at a compromise or help others to compromise. What was your role? What steps did you take? What was the result?

42. Tell me about a time when you had to work on a team that did not get along. What happened? What role did you take? What was the result?

43. What was the biggest mistake you have made when delegating work as part of a team project?

44. Tell me about a time when you had to settle a dispute between team members. How did you go about identifying the issues? What was the result?

45. What have you found to be the difficult part of being a member, not leader, of a team? How did you handle this?

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Transportation and Logistics – Accessorial Fees Can Sink a Business

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If you are a new shipper in the LTL (Less-than-truckload) world, it may seem like big maize at times, without a starting or ending point. There may seem like an overwhelming amount of information that a shipper needs to know, ranging from learning the NMFC classes, to the specifics, like who is the best carrier to haul your freight, and what price will they charge. This is just a glimpse of the Freight World. Seasoned shippers, who have been in the business for 20 plus years, often find themselves being introduced to things that they didn’t know, or thought they knew, and were totally wrong. The Freight World is a dynamic, fast moving industry that warrants attention to details by Logistic Departments. With this being said, one of the trickiest topics to grasp, especially when a company first starts shipping freight, is Accessorial Charges.

Many shippers don’t really think about the consequences of not doing their due-diligence to research what type of equipment is needed for their shipments. They often think that these charges are “small things” when you look at the big picture. The typical thought process from the shipper is, “I’m not worried about it, because the carrier will take care of it.” This mind-set can be dangerous, because if these charges aren’t calculated at the onset of pricing out a shipment, there is a good chance that the cost of the accessorial might cause the shipper to lose profits. Too many of these can cause a negative effect to the bottom line for a company. Carriers use what’s called a Supplemental Bill. The name speaks for itself, as the shipper or bill to party, will get an additional bill after the shipment with the new accessorial charges, if it’s not included on the original bill. Lesson here, is that they will always bill you these charges. This becomes a cash cow for carriers, and allows them to boost their profit margins significantly. The following are a few of the “small things” that a shipper might run into and if not taken care of correctly can add up into “big costs.” Each of these accessorials, at a minimum depending on which carrier is chosen, starts at $25/$50.00 and goes up.

Appointment Notification Prior to Pick Up or Delivery

Inside Delivery

Residential Pickup/Delivery

Hazardous Materials Fee

Sort and Segregation by Driver

Convention or Trade Show Deliveries

Non Commercial & Job Site Deliveries

Border Crossing Fees

Re-Weigh and Re-Classification

Billing Change (especially when proper BOL not used)

Inside Pick Up or Delivery

Church Delivery

School Delivery

Construction Site

In conclusion, the shipper needs to do their JOB on the front end to ensure that unforeseen charges aren’t a surprise to either party. Also, it is highly recommended that before the shipment leaves the warehouse that it is determined who will be responsible for paying these charges.

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Transportation & Logistics – Top 7 Reasons to Use a Freight Forwarder

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The other day I met a business owner and we begin to discuss the differences in LTL Carriers, 3PL’s and Freight Forwarders. I had asked him who he had better experiences with, and without hesitation he responded, “Freight Forwarders have been much easier for me to work with, although I use all three at my company.” He listed 7 reasons as to why Freight Forwarders have been better of a fit in his supply chain:

Flexibility- Freight Forwarder’s provide a service typically using an Agent network. Many cringe when the word “agent” is thrown around in terms of Logistics, because of the bad reputation that they have received throughout the years. Many customers think that if you are using an Agent network it increases the chances of product being loss, damaged, or stolen- not true. What many don’t understand is that the Agent concept has been around for quite awhile. All carriers have some type of relationship with agents, even the larger carriers such as UPS and Fedex have an agent network in place in some parts of the country. What truly separates companies are their bonds and communication with their agent alliance. When you examine the “good” forwarders they have sound, strong bonds with their agents, and ironically sometimes even better than if they were dealing internally within their own company. To understand this fully you have to realize that these agents survive by looking to provide exceptional service to their carrier partners. The better job they do the more business they will receive. So they want to impress, they want to be accurate in their pickup and deliveries, but it’s the carrier’s job to make sure their(agents) are kept on their toes in terms of performance, accountability, and reliability.

Manageability- Typically when working with a LTL carrier or a 3PL their sometimes tends to be a “loss” of control for customers. If a shipment happens to go astray it often times takes an act of congress to recover and redeliver it to the proper address. A good Forwarder has the ability to use their network to retrieve, recon sign and redeliver to the correct address often times without missing a beat. Many clients strictly use F.F. simply because of this added benefit. The ability to “Quarterback” your shipments the whole way through lies with a Freight Forwarder. LTL companies have too many hubs and processes to deal with which doesn’t allow the flexibility and manageability that a Forwarder can demonstrate on a single shipment, and often times customers find this out the hard way.

Versatility- Options! Options! Options! During today’s economic times customers are finding that having a company that can provide them with viable options allows them the ability to maintain control, reduce costs, and increase efficiencies in their supply chain. When you are looking for your Forwarder examine the services that they can offer and relate them to your business needs. A good forwarder can take the primary shipping role or be used as a supplemental asset when the need arises. Allowing your business to adapt quicker and be more responsive to customer needs as they develop.

Versatility- Often times many companies will state that they are in fact a One Stop Shop, but if you ask enough questions you can determine if this in fact is true. Do they have the real time tracking and tracing capabilities? International? Warehousing and Distribution capabilities? Reporting capabilities? As your business grows these could be things that could help make the difference in your business progress. These help add to being able to allow a customer to grow their business with the least amount of financial output.

Vested Interest in Your Business- When a carrier can become an extension of your business, when they think about ways that you can improve your supply chain more than you do, that’s what a great carrier is made of. So often in business companies spend 90% of their time looking for the company with the cheapest cost whether then the company that can add immediate and consistent value to their supply chain.

All carriers strive for this, but not all reach this point. Reason being is that it takes the WILL to want to be the best carrier, and to want to help your customer beyond single shipments given to you on an Ad Hoc basis, a good freight forwarder weeds through the “stuff that doesn’t matter” to get to the core of the clients goals. How can they make your business run smoother is their main concern. And please understand that this doesn’t always mean being the CHEAPEST carrier in the door, but what it often refers to is being able to look at a company’s Logistic setup and determining can they add efficiency, and reduce cost as a whole.

Cost Savings- As I mentioned in the previous paragraph a good freight forwarder will make it one of it’ main goals to save their customer money, but interestingly enough many times the savings doesn’t come from just giving the customer dirt cheap rates. As a matter of fact if you speak to a top forwarder they will often times tell you that their pricing is fair to moderate? Reason being is that many times being able to provide a solution to an issue might take employing more resources and increasing cost on the front end to achieve for example expedited transit, better customer satisfaction and more efficiency. For example a company shipping from California, who is trying to beat their competition to the punch on the east coast might need to implore the use of a warehouse and distribution facility let’s say in Chicago. Adding this resource will give more control, shorter transit, and a more competitive drive for the Cali Company, and of course as I mentioned earlier increasing customer loyalty.

Quick Thinking- One freight forwarder I spoke with presented an example of how he added value to a new customer by just being inquisitive. The customer had been using UPS ground shipping out product weighing somewhere in the area of 50 lbs. for 10 boxes going to one location, cumulative weight of 500 lbs. Many companies who might have run across something like this would have run away because of the name recognition and reputation of the boys in brown. But not this owner, he realized that he would be able to put together a very strong program for the client based on the cumulative rate of 500 lbs. versus UPS rating the shipment on a per box basis. The bottom line was that he was able to save the customer 30% on his shipments with a much faster transit time.

I always preach that in this day and age the most important thing for a business to understand is their own “business needs…” If they understand the time sensitivity of their product, marketplace, and the needs of their industry they will be able to pick the right company for their logistical needs.

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The Rising Importance Of Logistics Jobs

Jul 14 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

The complexities of the modern economy in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the entire world have meant the increase in logistics needs. Logistics professionals essentially deal with the various shipping, production, and distribution methods as they happen in real time. Proper logistics planning ensures that all of the necessary resources, manpower, and structures are in place to complete the entire production and sales process. However, best laid plans can often go by the wayside due to a last minute client need or a production issue. Logistics jobs are becoming more important because accidents do happen and planning often doesn’t reflect updated information by the minute.

Logistic jobs are important to every industry but there are a number of industries particularly affected by logistics needs. Construction, architectural, and engineering firms are influenced greatly by logistics issues. On the job site, logistic professionals can help out laborers and foremen by ensuring that they have the building supplies to complete the project. At architectural firms, logistics professionals are often the voices of reason in conceptual meetings by providing the financial and transportation realities of a specific project. Indeed, engineering firms need logistics professionals to ensure that every aspect of production is able to go off without a hitch for the same reasons as mentioned above.

Automotive companies need logistics professionals to stay ahead of the competition. Car, truck, and SUV producers have expanded to meet international needs. While business is good for most automotive firms, smaller companies looking to get ahead need to use logistics to their rescue. A good logistics department is able to ensure that production facilities have the raw resources they need, that designers have the information they need to create a reasonable product, and that dealerships are able to house a certain number of vehicles at their facility.

Companies with high volumes of sales for smaller consumer products are in need of exceptional logistics professionals. Warehouses, distribution centers, call centers, and retail outlets need to be coordinated in order to ensure that every customer gets what they need. Telecommunication companies need logistics professionals to coordinate shipping to get the most products possible to each outlet. Publishing firms need logistics professionals to coordinate author appearances with the shipment of the appropriate books to bookstores. Computing equipment companies need logistics professionals to ensure that custom created equipment meets the standards expected by the client. Logistics professionals are need throughout the UK to help keep the economy vibrant.

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Transport and Logistics Company Cuts Down Your Transport Costs

Jul 14 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

Transport makes an inevitable part of any business. It is important for the smooth running of your business. Those industries which are involved in production of goods or supply of raw materials, for them transport forms the backbone of their business. In order to make sure that the products reach their destination on time most of the companies prefer to have their own transport system. But in the long run they find out that the transport system costs them a lot and the management of the system becomes a tough job. So it is better to hand over this task to the transport and logistics companies which have good experience in handling these kinds of jobs.

The transport and logistics companies have taken over the transport industry. The main reason for this is that these companies are well experienced in handling these tasks and they cut down the overall transportation costs and save lot of money. They are well versed with the pros and cons of the transport system. Moreover these companies provide their customers with transportation logistics services. The logistics services include the management of the goods and also involve other services like material handling, transportation, inventory and warehousing. These companies very effectively handle the storage and flow of materials from their point of origin to their destination point.

The transport and logistics companies have extensive knowledge and expertise in dealing with these tasks. They know all the routes and hence can provide the best transport solutions for your business. They carry out the entire shipment tasks in coordinated manner so that there is less complication and all the shipments are carried out on time. They ensure that all the orders are delivered on time. If you outsource your transportation work to these companies then you can cut down the costs to a large extent and can use that money on other operations of your business.

The transport and logistics company free you from the burden of the daunting task of shipping your materials. Big companies largely depend upon this sector for the transportation of their materials. The smaller companies can profit even more from these companies as they rule out the need for hiring staffs and other aspects of transport. These companies are cost effective, manage the delivery tasks in well coordinated manner and provide logistics services which ensure that your products reach their destination within shortest span of time. So outsource your transport tasks to the transport and logistics company and get benefited by their services.

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