Shipping industry — the biggest business that you know nothing about.

Rose George, British journalist

Container Shipping – 90% of everything

“Almost 90% of everything we buy arrives via ship”, writes Rose George in her mind-blowing new book “Ninety Percent of Everything”, which covers her months-long adventure with the shipping industry — the biggest business that you know nothing about.   Ninety Percent of Everything by Rose George   Rose George, a British journalist, spent months […]

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Why Do Freight Rates Change So Often?

In the previous post “Pricing Challenge in Container Shipping” we mentioned that it’s not easy to structure freight tariffs and send instant freight quotes. The reason being the high complexity of the transportation costs: up to 25 variable charges plus the overall rate volatility caused by the supply and demand imbalance. Looking at the whole end to […]

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Quotiss Logistics Software Explained

Freight forwarding is a very complex business. There are hundreds of thousands of possible port pairs, multiple container types, millions of local exceptions. In addition, freight rates change frequently. There are also numerous surcharges applied on top of freight rates, and special premium/discount levels are negotiated for most of the customers. All of that results in millions […]

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Pareto Principle in Freight Forwarding

Over 100 years ago, Italian economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto noticed a few recurring distribution patterns, which led him to discover that 80% of results come from 20% of causes. This phenomenon was called the Pareto Principle or the ‘80/20 Rule‘. The 80/20 distribution patterns are so universal, that they apply practically everywhere, for example: […]