Freight Reviews

The continued weakness of sterling against the US dollar since the EU referendum in 2016 has hit companies hard and pushed up their freight costs by 15-20%. You may wonder why? It’s because most freight rates are quoted in USD, so when the pound weakens, it has a direct impact on air and ocean freight costs.

This presents many customers with a dilemma, as they either have to live with lower margins or they’re forced to raise their own prices. They often suspect that their logistics costs are high but also know that they don’t have the time, resources or expertise to carry out an exercise like this successfully and professionally, and they certainly don’t want to put their existing supply chain at further risk – so they put it on the back burner. Sound familiar?

At Straightforward Consultancy, our considerable experience and market knowledge allows us to quickly assess where savings and service improvements can be made and, with our shared savings fee model, the freight review is self-funding and delivers significant net savings to your bottom line, money you can invest in other areas of your business.

Since 2010, we’ve delivered average savings of 35%, and as much as 60% in one case - and this was before the fall in the value of sterling!

But let’s be clear - this isn’t just a cost down approach - it’s important to us that the new service works even better than before. We achieve this by re-assessing the customer’s needs before we start and making these a key part of the request for quotation (RFQ) process and the new operational model.

Once implemented, we monitor service levels and costs closely, providing the client with a great source of expert advice and support. We also re-negotiate freight rates as and when they expire, keeping your costs competitive, clearly defined and under tight control.

Many customers find our service to be so invaluable that they stay with us long term, using our Freight Management service and become in effect, a larger customer as part of our total freight portfolio, gaining long-term preferential rates and being insulated from unexpected cost increases in the future.

Our freight reviews are very thorough and include:

  • An analysis of your current freight activity
  • Preparation and management of a professional freight bid/RFQ
  • Engagement and negotiation with quality freight providers
  • Detailed presentation of the RFQ results and options
  • Implementation of new freight / Customs arrangements
  • Audit of all freight invoices / Customs entries
  • Detailed monthly activity reports
  • On-going freight cost management
  • Access to expert advice and operational support

Your initial consultation with SCL is free and without any obligation. We then carry out an assessment to review your activity and identify savings so you know how much you could save – and how we could also improve things operationally.

Need more reasons to use SCL? Download our brochure now or take a look at our testimonials. If you’re not sure, please contact us, we’re only too happy to talk to you and whether you decide to use us or not, you’re guaranteed to learn something!

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