During the global pandemic, many companies have suffered losses from border closures, delayed shipments from abroad and a generally confusing time where a lot of sectors faced adversity and uncertainty every day. The companies that worked with reputable freight forwarding agents that were well equipped to handle and navigate these challenges have ended up in a better position two years on. Those that were handling distribution independently found themselves running into new obstacles along the way. For this reason, many businesses are investing in freight forwarding services moving deeper into 2022. Let’s discuss some of the benefits of doing so here today.
What is Freight Forwarding?
Freight forwarding refers to a process where a person or company coordinates the shipment of goods from the manufacturer (or producer) directly to distributors in the market. The goal is for these products to reach their specific customers and essentially, to make it to their final destination or point of sale. It’s of the utmost importance that the individual or organisation running the process is professional, organised and able to handle all stock as if it were their very own. They should minimise sunk costs [PH2] wherever possible in the transport process, while also being able to report on their activities in a way that streamlines the process and in turn makes it as efficient as possible.
Active Management and Technical Know-How
One of the main benefits of using freight forwarding for all businesses is the fact that the process is actively managed by a team of experts. This means that you don’t have to worry about tracking shipments, dealing with the moving parts of the transport process, or simply having to coordinate between the people involved to get stock from A to B. Active management means less stress for business owners, who end up being able to invest more time in more pressing matters. Freight forwarding also gives businesses peace of mind that they are dealing with a person or team with the technical know-how to coordinate the process well, rather than banking on relative inexperience in order to make the process run as smoothly as possible.
Flexibility to Adapt
It’s no secret that COVID-19 brought an immense amount of challenges to all businesses around South Africa. Many had to adapt their operations in order to ensure that they could still reach their customers as they had previously. The right freight forwarding provider will have the flexibility to adapt in these situations, pivoting where necessary and providing solutions as questions are raised, rather than simply communicating problems. Flexibility also entails providing a service that delivers in terms of the specific needs of the business, rather than applying a “one size fits all” solution to their client base.
A Provider That Has You Covered
DG Capital is a financial services provider that goes above and beyond to take care of its customers. Our freight forwarding service covers dealing with customs, forex funding, advisory services and so much more. We proudly work with established networks, a dedicated team and have the facilities and technical know-how to support businesses no matter what industry they operate in. Freight forwarding can be a game changer in terms of the efficiency of your supply chain. This can yield positive returns in terms of the bottom line of the business, as well as a sense that you don’t have to go at it alone, no matter the size of your operations today.