Freight Association says latest ‘Border Operating Model’ adds clarity but expresses concerns

British International Freight Association (BIFA) says latest Border Operating Model adds clarity but expresses concernsBritish International Freight Association (BIFA) says latest Border Operating Model adds clarity but expresses concerns

Following a thorough review of the 272-page Border Operating Model released by the UK government, the trade association for UK freight forwarders says that whilst it welcomes the greater clarity on certain issues, it is concerned with the introduction of the “Least Worst Case Scenario” into the documentation. Read more at UK Hauler’s website >

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Any other business: ‘E’ Commerce Business Solutions

Here is an interesting article from our partner, DHL, which we are delighted to share with you. This Any other business (AOB) article explores the latest global e-commerce trends including Europe’s newfound love for online shopping, Etsy’s bumper sales quarter, and how innovative technology is making e-commerce more accessible to disabled people. Read more >

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Growing demand for E-Commerce in Africa – an opportunity for UK sellers

Growing demand for E-Commerce in Africa - an opportunity for sellers in the UKGreat opportunity is developing for business in Africa as the e-commerce market is growing, driven in part by the continent’s demand for international brands. E-commerce is vital for the US$25 trillion (€19 trillion) global retail industry. This was particularly true in the first quarter of 2020, as Covid-19 lockdowns around the world drove a rise in online shopping.

Countries with growing middle-class, urban populations such as China, India, and South Africa are seeing a rise in demand for e-commerce. Zooming in on Africa, research projected that consumer spending would reach US$2.1 trillion by 2025, the region’s “single largest business opportunity”. Millennials in particular are driving this trend and opportunity exists for international sellers to make the most of this demand.

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Can lessons learned through Covid-19 help logistics prepare for Brexit?

UK’s NHS needing to protect frontline staffBack in March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic changed the world. In the logistics industry, supply chains were instantly disrupted by closed borders, restrictions on importing and exporting goods from certain countries, and barriers to sourcing products normally acquired from areas affected early on by Covid-19, such as China.

Even on the front line, final-mile delivery drivers had to learn how to make increasing numbers of safe, contactless deliveries.

On top of this, demands for personal protective equipment (PPE) and essential goods such as food increased exponentially, with businesses and the UK’s NHS needing to protect staff and supermarkets wanting to mitigate the effect of panic buying. Read more > from the Loadstar, a multimodal news resource for the logistics industry.

Stenn launches $500 million Covid-19 Recovery Program

Stenn launches $500 million Covid-19 Recovery ProgramFollowing the continued disruption to global supply chains due to the Covid-19 pandemic, international trade finance provider Stenn, has announced the launch of a $500 million fund to support the restart of global trade.

Stenn is a UK-based data and financial technology company providing flexible financing to companies engaged in cross-border trade.

Developed to ensure the liquidity of international trade, this $500m program is for importers in the US, EU and beyond and is designed to help their suppliers. Importers can return to pre-Covid-19 payment terms while suppliers are paid at shipment, meaning liquidity is no longer locked in inventory or transport and suppliers get their money fast.

For further information and to apply for funding visit: www.c19-trade-recovery-program.com

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When face-to-face business goes digital

When face-to-face business goes digitalFrom virtual cooking classes to digital theatre, the pandemic has prompted a rapid growth of the experiential e-commerce sector. In this article, our partners, DHL, explore some of the exciting and innovative ways businesses have pivoted online to survive, and what their long-term futures may be.

The pandemic has affected businesses of every type, all over the world. In this series on Pandemic Culture, DHL took a detailed look at how many offline retailers have begun selling online in order to survive. But for experience-based businesses, the move into the e-commerce arena has been more of a challenge. In this article, we look at how they’ve adjusted.

The global pandemic arrived like an uninvited whirlwind, causing devastation and mayhem on a scale not even the most pessimistic of people could have predicted. Read more >

The Forwarding Sector – Remaining strong in changing times

Remaining strong in changing timesThe threat of digitalisation is no threat at all says the Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), Robert Keen.

As Covid-19 accelerates digitalisation there has been fear that traditional freight forwarding may lose its niche in the market. Over the last five years reports have suggested the rise of software start-ups would mean the end for forwarders. But is this really the case? History often repeats itself as the saying goes…

“There’s this idea that if forwarders do not adapt, they will die – but you just need to look back at the sector’s history, it has always adapted. One forwarder I know – a family-owned European firm – has in their archive a letter from a great-grandparent proclaiming the company’s demise with the arrival of rail in the mid-1800s… it’s still going strong.

 

We keep hearing the usual spin from digital start-ups on how their presence in the sector will lead to the death of traditional forwarders, it’s a load of rubbish. We have strong empirical evidence showing what our members are up to in regards to digital transformation of their role in the supply chain. BIFA members are already developing and delivering technology-led products and services that will meet their customers needs more effectively, enhance their experience and cut their costs.” – Robert Keen

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Pandemic Culture: what happens next?

Pandemic Culture: what happens next?In this article our partner DHL, looks at what kind of new world we might emerge into, and what that means for the e-commerce sector. Which consumer behaviors will stay? Which were just a ‘lockdown fad’? And what should your business do to adapt?

The pandemic arrived like a whirlwind, turning businesses upside down almost overnight, leaving them scrambling to adjust. As we’ve previously explored, many commerce businesses have had to adapt quickly to survive, whether that has meant selling online for the first time, exploring the direct-to-consumer (D2C) model, or working creatively to take an experience-based business into people’s homes. Read more >

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Will COVID-19 Catalize a New Global Freight Strategy

COVID-19 has generated unprecedented disruption in the global logistics and freight industries, severely impacting operations and delivery activities. However, could these current challenges ultimately pave the way for a more streamlined, efficient and environmentally-friendly future?

Will COVID-19 Catalize a New Global Freight StrategyDemand for essential goods, such as produce, medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment, has significantly increased, while manufacturing capacity has decreased due to various lockdown restrictions.

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Surviving or thriving through COVID-19

Pandemic Culture: How are brands surviving?

Surviving or thriving through COVID-19COVID-19 has sent consumers into a frenzy, triggering panic buying and a mass switch to online shopping. So, what does this mean for e-commerce businesses and how are they responding?

In the first of a special three-part series on Pandemic Culture, we look at new consumer buying behaviours, the impact on the e-commerce sector, and what businesses are doing to adapt to the ‘new normal’.

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