With the growth in international trade and E-commerce, Australia is more connected than ever to the rest of the world. In the last few years, both imports and exports have increased on average by 5 per cent per year, which has both boosted the economy and presented new and greater challenges to our logistics industry.
Australian businesses are always under pressure to control their overheads. But with some major economic hits in the last few years, and increased demand on the global market for competitively priced goods and services, containing our expenses has become even more important.
Cartage (or drayage) has always been an important service in logistics. Deliveries from seaports, border points, intermodal terminals and inland ports that are headed within the same urban area simply can’t be completed with any transportation system other than road. And while road cartage hasn’t been without criticism, it’s remained a reliable way,throughout the changes in logistics over the last decades,for business owners to transport their goods over short distances.
Every business in Australia relies to some degree on transport services to function in their daily operations, which is why there’s an entire market of providers to choose from. But what’s surprising—in this age, where logistics providers are scrambling over one another to win customers—is that many business owners aren’t exercising their right to be discerning when they’re choosing their transport and freight services.
The face of logistics in Queensland and across Australia is changing with the times. With thriving markets for FMCGs, especially in the E-commerce sector, international logistics has become as important as domestic logistics to the country’s economy.
But Queensland’s logistics industry must integrate all of our air, sea and road transport systems into a smooth machine if we’re going to meet our market demand—which means streamlining cartage and container transport between our ports and distribution centres. And while government and industry bodies are making plans to better use all of the country’s transportation systems—especially sea freight—road transport is still the key component of our future networks.
It’s official: there is now an Easter shopping season, and a peak demand period for Australian businesses is about to strike.
Over the last few years, consumer spending has boomed over the Easter period, with a significant shopping season growing in place of the typically modest increase in sales that we’ve always had. With this general increase in spending behaviour, e-commerce’s share of total retail sales is moving upwards of 10%—which means a much heavier demand on businesses’ transport and logistics systems to service their customer bases.
If your business is tracking the same way as the majority of businesses in Australia right now, the market for your products is probably changing from a national one to a global one.
Australia is becoming a formidable force in global trade, and the worldwide demand for our products is boosting the strength of our economy. But like your competitors, your business might be struggling with messy logistics and unreliable fulfilment—and if you’re going to maintain your place in the market, you should consider outsourcing to a reputable freight forwarder.
Small to medium enterprises in Queensland are increasing in number, and if your business is one of them, you’ll know how difficult it can be to maintain control over the logistics costs of distributing your goods.