June 30th, 2011
Automover News: Shipping merchandise can be one of the most complicated operations for any small business. Poor or no planning can result in owners overpaying, as well as losing sales if the company can’t provide consistent and cost-effective delivery to customers. For businesses that don’t often send larger shipments of several pallets at a time or can’t afford to hire a logistics provider to manage its shipping services, developing a set of guidelines can be essential.
Several factors business should consider ahead of time before shipping their products to customers:
Match delivery requirements and fees for common shipments. Once you’ve chosen a shipping service provider such as UPS, FedEx, DHL or the U.S. Postal Service work with its small-business specialist to match the carrier’s fees and services with common shipping requirements for your business, such as mode of transportation and delivery timing. One factor to discuss with a specialist is when to ship a package by air or by ground. How much can be saved by using ground services versus air services can depend on distance shipped, the weight and size of the package and its value.
Use a postage meter. A postage meter is a portable machine equipped with a scale that weighs packages, assesses exact postage charges and prints shipping labels. Systems like these can help eliminate the need for mailers to guess the weight of a package and purchase additional postage. Using a postage meter can eliminate over-postage and is much easier than going and waiting in line, When sending shipments weighing between 150 pounds and about 20,000 pounds usually referred to as less than Truckload shipments, or LTL consider working with a freight consolidation service, which will combine yours with other shipments to create a full truckload.
Track carrier performance. One way is to have your carrier keep a scorecard, which usually tracks service and cost. Service factors can include pickup, delivery, response to customer service inquiries by shipper, access to online status data, accuracy of that data, meeting pickup or delivery appointment times and meeting agreed-upon in-transit times, Cost factors usually include baseline by weight or distance, cost by service level .Work with your carrier to identify and resolve lapses or failures in service or cost performance.
June 23rd, 2011
The Boeing freighter fleet is set to double in the next 20 years to support a projected annual air cargo traffic growth rate of 5.6 per cent during the period. There are currently 1,760 Boeing freighters, of which 520 are large, 610 are medium and 630 are standard sizes. Growing world trade, increasing demand for transport of perishable and Time-sensitive commodities, and the need to replace ageing aircraft will create a requirement for 2,960 freighter deliveries over the next 20 years. About 1,990 of these will be conversions from passenger service, and 970 aircraft, with a list price of US$250 billion.
The Air cargo fleet will grow at an annual rate of 3.5 per cent nearly doubling from 1,760 aircraft in 2010 to 3,500 in 2030. The difference in the forecast is accounted for by the freighters that are retired from the fleet. In this case 1,220 currently active freighters are expected to be retired over the 20 year period Of the 720 medium wide body freighters to be delivered during the forecast period, 280 will be new, purpose-built freighters. In the large freighter segment, more than half of the demand will be for new aircraft. Of the 1,000 large freighter deliveries, 690 will be new aircraft.
This boom in aircraft production will doubtlessly worry environmentalists, but a green drive is on the way. Boeing will fly the new 747-8 freighter to the Paris Air Show using a renewable aviation jet fuel – the world’s first transatlantic crossing of a commercial jetliner using biologically derived fuel. The 747-8F will run its four engines on a blend of 15 per cent camelina-based biofuel mixed with 85 per cent traditional Jet-A across the Atlantic today.
June 15th, 2011
Auto Mover News: Ford to bring Famous Muscle Car for first time, A big slice of America is crossing the Atlantic: The Ford Mustang is heading to UK showrooms, Auto Express can reveal. To coincide with the muscle car’s 50th anniversary in 2014, Ford will launch it across the world and in right-hand drive for the first time. Sources have revealed that dealers are being told to prepare for its arrival. The newcomer will sit at the top of the range alongside regular models such as the Fiesta and Focus in dealerships. It will be the most European-friendly version of the coupe ever but will still be a proper Mustang, with V8s for the fastest models. The Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo already follow this approach, and it means there is a business case for producing Right-hand-drive Mustangs in the States and shipping them to Europe.
But the UK won’t be the only right-hand-drive market the car is offered in; Australia and Japan will take the car, too. For the first time, it’s set to feature independent rear suspension. As on the Chevrolet Camaro, this set-up replaces the decades-old live rear axle of the current car, and should mean better ride comfort and traction. Power will come from a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost turbo with around 300bhp, while a range-topping 500bhp 5.4-litre V8 will be available, too. Six-speed manual and auto transmissions are likely to be offered with torque vectoring to keep the performance in check, while the handling is expected to be tuned by Jost Capito and his team at Ford’s Global Performance Vehicles arm.
The move to make the Mustang a world car will be controversial. Bosses will need to tread carefully so as not to alienate the model’s huge fan base – nearly 75,000 examples were sold in the US in 2010 – and still appeal to discerning UK buyers used to the BMW 3-Series Coupe and Audi A5. But with Vauxhall’s VXR8, and the Monaro before it, proving that there’s room for powerful muscle cars in the line-up of a mainstream maker, Ford will be confident of success.
June 8th, 2011
Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) has continued to increase its footprint in the Australian automotive market, posting a market share of 9.6%, its best monthly market share since HMCA was founded in September 2003. Hyundai ranked in third position with 7,444 sales, it does best-ever May sales result since the Hyundai brand was introduced to Australia in 1986. The sales result saw an increase of +16.7% May 2011. In passenger car sales, HMCA also ranked third for the month with 5,529 vehicles sold and a market share of 13% representing another best-ever result for HMCA. In the all-time record month, ix35 posted its best-ever monthly sales result since launch, with 1,035 vehicles sold. I45 also continued its growth achieving a record 555 sales; and Getz held onto the number one position in the light car segment with 1,730 units sold.
Hyundai Motor America (HMA) had an all-time record in May, with sales of 59,214 units, up +21% compared with the same record-breaking period last year. For the year, total Hyundai sales are up +29%, with retail volume up +40%. The strong sales result was again driven by the all-new Elantra due to be released in Australia in June and the all-new i45 (known as Sonata in the U.S.), both selling over 20,000 units respectively. Hyundai Motor Company has seen an overall increase in global sales of +13.6% rising from 298,722 in May 2010 to 339,205 in May 2011. Its domestic sales also increased by +17.3%.
Hyundai’s Australian highlights include:
- Hyundai Getz ranked first in the light car segment achieving 1,730 vehicle sales and a market share of 17%.
- Hyundai i30 ranked third in the small car segment posting a sales result of 2,479 units and 13.8% market share.
- Hyundai i45 ranked third in the medium car segment achieving 555 vehicle sales (highest since launch) and a market share of 8.9%.
- Hyundai iMAX ranked second in the people mover segment achieving 163 vehicle sales and a market share of 18.3%.
- Hyundai ix35 ranked first in the SUV compact segment posting a sales result of 1,035 units and an 11.9% market share (highest since launch).
- Hyundai iLoad ranked first in the van segment after posting a sales result of 575 units and a market share of 32.4% (first in the van segment YTD).
June 2nd, 2011
Nissan Motor Company aspiring to be the world’s largest seller of electric cars expects to deliver as many as 12,000 battery-powered Leaf hatchbacks to U.S. customers this year as orders are confirmed and production quickens. Japan’s second-largest carmaker sold 1,142 Leafs in the U.S. last month, the most since it began shipping them in December. Deliveries should continue at that pace, totaling between 10,000 and 12,000 by the end of the year.
That’s a reasonable figure we’re very positive about this program. It’s different than anything we’ve ever done, launching the car transport in three global markets at the same time. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
Carlos Ghosn, chief executive officer of Nissan and its partner Renault SA, has positioned Nissan to meet demand for electric cars that he expects to account for 10 percent of global auto sales by 2020. In the U.S., Leaf deliveries began at a trickle, averaging just 113 units a month from December through March, before accelerating in April and May.
Nissan took 20,000 reservations from U.S. customers last year for the compact, rated in the U.S. as going from 62 miles to more than 100 miles when its lithium-ion battery pack is fully charged. With a base price of about $33,000 before a federal tax credit, the Leaf is the first mass-market electric car sold in the U.S.