Most start-ups and small to medium sized importers or exporters don’t have their own logistics or supply chain manager, and from time to time, they need easy access to a source of expert, independent logistics expertise which can help them enter a new market, inform them if they could do things better or provide a solution to a logistics or Customs problem which is impacting their business. They also appreciate someone who is an expert in their field and can translate the jargon of logistics, Customs and international trade into a language they can actually understand.
This is where our Consultancy service is really useful and is most often used for:
This service is very cost effective for companies who just need to access expertise and support as and when required and provides direct access to all of our knowledge, influence and industry contacts.
A typical example was a company in Runcorn who'd exported their first order to Houston via a well-known courier but their instrument was stuck in US Customs as incorrect documents had been supplied. We advised them how to prepare and format new invoice, how to classify for US Customs and the second shipment went through to their customer in 2 days without a hitch. We love solving problems!
With the Consultancy service, we work as part of your team on a flexible basis, with clients engaging us for a particular project or on a monthly basis.
Whether you are a start-up or an established business which needs solutions or support, we can provide a cost-effective package tailored to your particular needs.
"After meeting with Andy to discuss our requirements, we were impressed with his professional yet friendly approach as well as his confidence that he would be able to cut our freight costs” Louise Maoudj, Operations Director, Peak Drink Dispense
"What really surprised us were the resulting financial benefits (+£100K saving on freight costs) and in addition, there was also a significant improvement in service levels, and the shared savings model was particularly liked by senior management” Jim Hickey, Procurement Manager, Magnesium Elektron
"Not everyone has the time to scrutinise freight invoices to check the costs are correct, especially when the freight forwarders try to bamboozle you with trade jargon to disguise the hidden costs” Neil Barlow, Director, New World Air Brake
"I would have no hesitation in recommending the services of Straightforward Consultancy if you are looking for better service and rates from your carriers, and maintenance of those in the longer term” Paul Critchlow, Managing Director, Distinctive Medical
"In summary it’s clear that Andy’s extensive knowledge has added a great deal of value to our supply chain and it’s a pleasure to have him on our team” Steve Gaskell, Supply Chain Manager, Mast Group
"We engaged Straightforward Consultancy as we could see that our air freight costs had risen over time and service levels had dropped, however we didn’t have the time or expertise to carry out a review ourselves” Steve Goldstraw, Managing Director, Staffordshire Hydraulics Services"
"The project has realised significant savings for us and we continue to enjoy pro-active support to ensure that these benefits are maintained” Kevin Bradd, Supply Chain Manager, Otter Controls
"Attention to detail, full knowledge of the shipping business from the sides of both the freight forwarder and customer ensure Straightforward Consultancy offer real added-value to our company” Mark Daintith, Purchasing Manager, Middleby UK