Looking for an opportunity to sell your products overseas?
A good thing to do at this time of the pandemic is to establish connections with the best businesses who can help you achieve that. Although overseas movements are regulated these days, it’s the best time to reach out to companies who can assist you when everything goes back to normal.
If you’ve done enough research, you might have discovered that having a trusted freight forwarder is crucial to this overseas selling venture.
In fact, the first step in positioning your business outside the country is to create a foolproof system of production, transportation, and delivery. You need to get this fixed first before you even market your products.
On the marketing side of things, the advent of Lazada, Shopee, and other e-commerce sites has made it easy to do marketing. And once your marketing strategies pay off and you attract customers from outside your country, that’s when the real work begins.
Setting up a system of transportation and delivery to the doorstep of your customer requires a reliable freight forwarder in the process.
Years in service
The first thing you should look for is the length of the company’s service. If the business had been tested for so long in the industry, then there’s a reason to believe they would do well in helping your business too. This can easily be seen through their website and social media accounts. You can also check their reviews, testimonials, and entries in legit listings to make sure you’re dealing with a legitimate freight forwarder company.
Usually, timely delivery is the number one thing that a prospective customer looks for in a freight forwarding company. This is an essential ingredient in their terms and conditions that can be found in the contract. However, some companies show some information regarding their estimated time of delivery on their website. To be sure, reach out to someone within the company who can say for sure the guaranteed timeline of their services.
The warehouse logistics capability of a freight forwarding company is a great indicator of their reliability. A freight forwarder with warehouses within the region where you want to market your products is the best business to choose. If you’re planning to sell products in Malaysia and you’re a local business in Singapore, try looking for a freight forwarder with established warehouses not only in Malaysia but across Southeast Asia. This way, you can expand your reach not only to one country but to several countries around the region.
Large scope of operation
You can pretty much see the scope of operation of a freight forwarding company in their own website. Check out the countries where they have facilities and market reach. They usually display a list of countries where they have local market reach and warehouses. Their business-to-consumer and business-to-business services also indicate the strength of their operations.
E-commerce fulfillment capacity
Now that buying from online stores is the best way to purchase, you have to take advantage of the e-commerce opportunities for you out there. Your best help in having a smooth supply and logistics chain is an e-commerce fulfillment company. We talked earlier about how to improve your e-commerce strategies at this circuit breaker season. Best to look for freight forwarding businesses with e-commerce fulfillment capability! By partnering with this kind of business, online marketing and selling will be a lot more convenient.
Flexible handling capacity
Lastly, look for a freight forwarding company with a proven track record in handling all kinds of products. Partner with those who handle bulk shipments, palletized storage, and perishable products, among others.