The Art of Spreadsheeting: How Shipping Lines Complicate Shipping (Part 1)

by Marcin Zarzecki, CEO of Quotiss There are many good things one can say about container shipping lines, but they are also very well known for sending very complex and unstructured rate sheets. During my time in Maersk, where I spent over 10 years in sales, I was often struggling with the challenges of the […]

The Dollar Value of Technology in Logistics

Every freight forwarder knows that the logistics industry is mostly driven by the price. In such a highly competitive market, any opportunity to improve profit margins should not be missed. Technology can significantly improve efficiencies internally, resulting in greater profitability. These improvements mostly come from the reduction of manual processes –  time-consuming and error-prone. For […]

Freight Forwarders Deserve Better Tools

The Most Popular Software in Container Shipping The most popular computer program in workplaces all over the world is undoubtedly Microsoft Excel. Released in 1985, Excel became a superstar tool, helping businesses become more efficient. Its advanced formulas turned manual processes that took weeks to complete into something that takes only a few hours. Today, […]

Why Do Freight Rates Change So Often?

In the previous post “Pricing Challenge for Container Shipping” we mentioned that it’s not an easy task to manage freight rates. This is because the transportation costs consist of up to 25 various charges, and shipping companies have to put up with enormous rate volatility – up to 50 rate revisions per year. Looking at the whole transportation process, it […]