COVID-19 VACCINE: The largest international delivery ever

COVID-19 VACCINE: The largest international delivery everHow do you vaccinate a population of billions?
It’s the news the world has been waiting for: the Covid-19 vaccines are here. However, with a population of billions waiting to be vaccinated, the work has only just begun. As the largest international delivery in history gets underway, our partner DHL, looks at the logistical challenges facing the global rollout, and the integral role supply chain infrastructure will play to get the world back on its feet.
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New chapter for UK outside European Union in 2021

UK goods exports increaseA new era has begun for the United Kingdom, after separation from the European Union was formally completed, at 11pm on 31st January 2020.

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps reported that: “border traffic had been low due to the bank holiday, but there had been no disruption in Kent as hundreds of lorries crossed the Channel with a small number turned back.” Read more in the BBC news article >

Use the Government Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions for you, your business and your family.

IFS are prepared and ready to assist you with your shipping requirements in 2021. Call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000, or simply message us.

Let IFS support you after the Brexit transition period concludes on the 31st December

Is your business ready for Exporting/Importing to/from the EU following Brexit changes to trade? January will be here before you know it and that means it’s time to get prepared!

Brexit’s getting closer than everNegotiations are ongoing between the UK and the EU, but from January 1st 2021 all UK trade with the EU will be conducted under either a Free Trade Agreement or with World Trade Organisation terms. So it’s time now to prepare for this as there will be changes to cross-border shipping processes.

‘Deal or no deal’ all shipments between GB and the EU will be subject to customs formalities meaning more information will be required from you.

The good news is that IFS is here to help you! With over 20 years experience in International Freight Forwarding, as ever we specialise in this field and are prepared and ready to assist you with your shipping requirements in 2021.

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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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