what is a customs broker

How to Tell If You Need a Customs Broker

Does dealing with customs send a shiver down your spine? Just thinking about the paperwork involved is headache-inducing, so any opportunity to reduce the stress of importing is tempting. But is using a customs broker right for your business? Let’s take a look at what they do, and then you can make your mind up. What Read More

sustainable logistics

Making Your Logistics Practices Sustainable

Sustainability is today’s buzzword, but is sustainable logistics something that can be applied to the logistics industry? The answer is yes, it can. Sustainability is all about being green. The problem is many people associate green with extra costs. But it doesn’t have to mean that. Let’s face it; you’re not going to change your Read More

fulfilment outsourcing

What is Fulfilment, and Should it be Something You Outsource?

We need to talk about fulfilment outsourcing. If you sell a product, it’s something you’re doing daily. Essentially, fulfilment is the process of preparing and delivering your customers’ orders. However, it’s a lot more involved than grabbing it off the shelf, shoving it in a box and talking to the Post Office. It goes a Read More

7 Reasons Why You Should Outsource to Smart Directions

We’re talented, good-looking, intelligent, well-presented, make a mean cup of tea… OK, so they’re probably not the reasons you were hoping to find, so let’s go back a step and look at why outsourcing logistics to a 3PL (third-party logistics provider) is such a good idea. As you can see from the title of this Read More

supply chain

Optimising Logistics Management in 2020: Part Two – Developing a Lean Supply Chain

Developing a lean supply chain depends on your business’ ability to adapt to the changing world around you and optimise your logistics strategy wherever possible. Ultimately, it’s all about reducing waste: whether the waste be excess packaging, unnecessary costs, or delays to your imports and exports. Being sloppy with your logistics and supply chain management Read More