BOLLORE TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS COMPANY
Bollore logistics is a private company which was previously known as SDV and rebranded on the 1st January, 2016. It was founded in 1986 and its headquarters is in Puteaux, France. The company runs a global network and its operations are worldwide. The company is one of the major international transport and logistics operators in Kenya with a capacity of over 36,700 employees that are spread across 105 countries. In Africa, the company has operated for over a century now, and it has help in many functions like contributing to the development of local economies which they do as a result of development of modern infrastructures, creating jobs for the natives of that country they operate in, and development and training of their employees. It has a branch in Kenya, with a distribution centre at Embakasi, Nairobi.
Values of the company
Since the company is a family group, formulation of long-term decision are very easy and faster as it does not need consolidation of the other corporate directors but only a signatory from the family. With easier formulation of decision, the company is in a position to reach places where other competing organizations cannot reach thus improving their business opportunities. The company is determined to take risks while continuing in their development with strong local decisions and a high level of adaptability.
Company’s long-term commitment
The company’s main priority is centred on their customers, and they are constantly adapting to meeting their needs, both on a daily basis and over the long term basis. With the help of the well-trained employees, the company make sure that they offer the customers excellent services, with modern infrastructure and a comprehensive solutions.
The company has a tendency of watching changes in the organization closely, anticipating them so that they can change them into valuable opportunities. All the innovative solutions are imprinted in Bollore Transport and Logistics’ DNA. These innovative solutions can be: improving internal processes, offering commercial services, partnership policy, and also the anticipation of the future needs.
Bollore Transport and Logistics brings together four traditional businesses of the Bollore group; Bollore Ports, Bollore Logistics, Bollore Railways and Bollore Energy are four areas of business and expertise that now work together to satisfy their clients.
The company offers five types of services; multimodal transport, customs and regulatory compliance, logistics, global supply chain and industrial projects.
Optimal flow management
From consolidation to chartering, Bolloré Logistics offers customers efficient solutions that meet the strictest time, cost and product constraints.
Air transport services:
? Direct flight and consolidated flows
? Urgent transport Air on Ground AOG, 24/7
Ocean transport services:
? Full containers load (FCL/FCL).
? Consolidation solutions (LCL /LCL Less than container load)
Overland transport services:
? Road transport: Pick-up/Delivery, Container haulage
? Waterway transport
? Rail transport (Africa, Asia-Europe)
Express transport services
International door-to-door shipment of documents and small packages, with guaranteed next-day and five-day delivery deadlines, depending on the destination and local formalities.
Bolloré Logistics services are backed by:
• A panel of approved suppliers (air, ocean and road freight companies) that have undergone our strict selection process to allow us to fulfil our commitment to providing the best service at the best price. Suppliers are regularly assessed to ensure they continue to meet Bolloré Logistics requirements in terms of quality, deadlines, innovation and economic performance.
• Air and ocean consolidation platforms at every major international hub to optimize flows and centralize freight.
Customs ; regulatory compliance
Breaking down the barriers to a seamless supply chain. Efficient customs brokerage and full compliance with freight safety and security requirements are the keys to fluid supply chain management and logistics at Bolloré Logistics. Choosing us as partner also means being advised on how to keep duties and taxes to a minimum. Finally, one of the main strengths of Bolloré Logistics in Africa is that it is held up as a benchmark by various customs administrations.
Customized advice: analysis of customs flows and expert assistance in a range of fields (regulations, procedures, customs regimes).
Handling of customs operations from A to Z (Bolloré Logistics is a licensed customs clearance agent in most countries).
Cargo safety and security guarantees of a certified operator: Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) in Europe and C-TPAT in the United States, etc.
Agreements and conventions with various customs administrations (simplified and/or pre-paid clearance procedures).
“Dedicated” customer IT solutions that are more conducive to EDI (Electronic Data Interchange).
Value-added inventory management
At Bolloré Logistics, our strategically located warehouses are tailored to product constraints for greater flexibility and faster access to local markets.
In Africa, logistics planning is adapted to each country and able to draw upon a strategic network of pan-African hubs for storage and distribution. This include:
? Multi-site, multi-channel and multi-sector solutions
? Inventory management and order preparation
? Distribution centers (consolidated import flows, delivery to end customers)
? Value-added services (qualitative and quantitative controls, labelling, kitting, Pick ; Pack, inward processing, delayed differentiation, etc.)
? Reverse logistics management.
Global supply chain
The global supply chain at Bollore entails:
? An end-to-end approach for a global perspective
? Reduction in costs and inventory levels and improved services: Bolloré Logistics has optimized its supply chain logistics through the design, deployment and coordination of integrated solutions with a performance promise, which includes:
• Design and integration of logistics and transport solutions by Bolloré Logistics experts
• Centralized end-to-end coordination through Bolloré Logistics’ network of control towers
• Central management of subcontractors in LLP (Lead Logistics Provider) mode
• Continuous improvement process (Lean Management): analysis of performance indicators and implementation of improvement plans industrial-projects.JPG
Whatever the size of a project, its origin or destination, Bolloré Logistics offers custom-fit solutions for the following sectors:
? Energy (Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Hydro-electric & Renewable Energies, Petrochemicals and Chemicals)
? Construction and Equipment
? Other industries (seawater desalination, rail systems, steel, cement, etc.)
Solutions are fine-tuned by our network of experts around the world to match the unique characteristics of each project.
Perfect understanding of each project’s surrounding configuration (infrastructure and local regulations).
Preliminary studies with site recognition and road survey.
Precise planning of all operations.
Heavy-lifts transportation, Coordination of multiple stakeholders and synchronization of operations.
Bollore transport and logistics is a freight forwarding company which is established in Nairobi with its headquarters being in Embakasi. Other branches are in Mombasa, Kisumu, Malaba, Busia, Lokichoggio, Namanga and Eldoret.
Transport and Logistic services that offered by Bollore Logistics company in Kenya:
This is process of organizing shipments from the manufacturer or producer to the final customer or to the final distribution point. Some of the services that are involve in freight forwarding are like: express services, projects and heavy lift handling, customs brokerage, offices approved for collateral management, air freight, sea freight and packaging and removals.
This is whereby an area is defined by one or more modes transportation which share a common way. This could be highways or railways, it mostly happen on landlocked countries where they can’t access ports and thus when they import goods overseas they connect using another means. Some of the services is corridor approach with multimodal services to Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
This involves shipping of any good or property by aircraft and it entails operations from an airport to another airport. Some of the services involved in air freight include: Closer direct working relationships with all major airlines, Offices located within all major airports, Expertise in handling dangerous, perishables and live cargo, Customize packing, Express parcel and mail service and Door-to-door services.
This is movement of goods locally from the source to its destination. Some of the services that are involve are: Door-to-door services, Local distribution, Owned trucks and preferential agreements with trucking companies, Thorough Bill of Lading, rail services and lift on lift equipment.
These are services that offered in the port on the movement of goods in and outside the country. Some of these services are: Full range of services through the main sea port ,of Mombasa, Dry port in Mombasa, Shipping agency in Mombasa, Consolidations/Deconsolidation, Import/Export, Reefer/Perishables and Track and trace facility for the goods in transit.
Bollore Transport and Logistics Company, like any other company that deals in freight, must have a well-elaborate transport system which shows the routes and times at which the freights are supposed to be delivered, also it need to have a transport structure with which it can manage the activities along the transport chain. A transport plan on how the company can achieve its mission and vision is also required so as to facilitate faster in-time delivery and at a cost effective way. Transportation policy too is required so as to solve the emerging transport issues that can hinder the smooth operation of the transport system.
Transport system is a term used to refer to the equipment and logistics of transportation that is involved in the movement of people and goods from their origin to destinations. The major function of a transport system in a transportation company is to coordinate the movement of people, goods and vehicles in order to utilize the available routes most effectively. When properly implemented, the transport system seek to reduce transport costs and improve delivery times through effective timetabling and route management.
The benefits of a proper transport system is to facilitate the delivery of goods and personnel to their destinations in time and a cost effective way. Thus increasing the efficiency of vehicles use, as one vehicle can now be used to deliver multi-drops.
Transport structure is a physical aspect of a form of transportation, which can either be artificial, that is imprinted on the natural landscape. Transport structure includes roads, canals and railroads.
Transport plan can be defined as the activity that is involved in the definition of future policies, goals, investments and designs which helps in the preparations of the future need to transport people or goods from their point of origin to their final destination. The process of a transport plan is taken as a process of incorporating the input of many stakeholders which involves the government agencies and the public and private businesses.
Transport policy can be explained as the development of sets of constructs and propositions that are set up in order to achieve a particular objective relating to social, economic and environmental development, and the functioning and the performance of the transport system.
The goal of an effective transport policy is to make an appropriate decision on the allocation of transport resources which includes management and regulation of existing transport activities.
Bollore logistics transport system
Transport system is basically a central part of logistics and planning where means and equipment used in the movement of cargo from their origin to final destination are defined. This allow people to conduct their work on time and they are able to tell their customers when they can expect their goods to arrive at its destination.
The purpose of a transport system is to coordinate movement of fleets, cargo and even people in order to use routes most effectively. When this is implemented it will seek to reduce transport costs and improve delivery terms through effective timetabling and route management.
Bollore logistics also provides handling services in ports for all types of goods this could be in term of bags, bulk, rolling, heavy packages and even containers.
Bollore logistics have trucks which help them in transporting different sizes of containers from their inland deport in Mombasa to Embakasi Nairobi where their distribution center is located then the same trucks used in the transportation of the freights to their final destination where their customers are located.
At the logistic center, the container are offloaded and loading to the trucks using a forklifts which are stations at distribution center and at the inland deport at Mombasa.
Bollore transport and logistics system
Transport services Fleets Operational
times(opening and closing hours) Inland ports Distribution centres Routes
Freight forwarding From 8.00a.m to 5p.m Mombasa Embakasi, Nairobi Mombasa to Embakasi,Mombasa to JKIA
Corridor approach 24 hours Embakasi, Nairobi Embakasi to Burundi,DRC,Malawi,Rwanda,South Sudan,Tanzania,Uganda and Zambia
Air freight 24 hours JKIA Embakasi,Nairobi United Kingdom to Kenya
Local transportation 24hours Embakasi,Nairobi Embakasi to the final customers at different locations all over Kenya
24hours Mombasa Embakasi,Nairobi Overseas to Mombasa and vice versa.
Bollore transport and logistics transport structure
Since a transport structure is the physical aspect of a form of transportation especially man-made, Bollore transport and logistics transport structure incorporates the modes of transport used by the organization to deliver the services from the origin to destination. The modes of transport used by this company includes roads, air and sea.
Most of the company’s freight are imported via water, therefore for the freights to move from the port of Mombasa which is their inland container deport to Embakasi Nairobi which is their distribution centre via road. Road is a long, narrow stretch on land which has a smooth surface used for motor vehicle movement. The highways used by the trucks to transport the freights from the inland deport to the distribution centre has roadway which have guardrails which prevents vehicles from rolling over the road in case of an accident. On the turnpikes, the organizations trucks normally move on the outer lane so as to avoid creating of traffic jams in the turnpikes
Some of the freights of the company are brought into the country via air transport. This is made possible since the company has cargo carrying aeroplanes which they use to transport the freights from the origin to the final destination via the terminus which is JKIA.
Some heavy cargo like the full 40 TEUs are ferried to Mombasa by water transport by the company’s heavy water machines which is capable of withstanding the heavy weight loaded in the containers.
Bollore Transport and Logistics Company Transport Plan
Transport plan is the future policies, goals, investments and designs which helps in preparing for need of moving freight from the source to its destination. Therefore Bollore transport plan will deal with the company’s goals, objectives on how to achieves the said goals, transport problems identified by the plan, giving alternatives of the transport problem and also evaluating the alternative. The plan also will show how and where the investments will apply in the transport system along the transport chain in order to achieve the stated goals, also the transport designs which helps in the improvement in the company’s transport structure.
Issues transport managers are facing in the 21st century
Issue is a problem or concern that requires long-term investment in order to provide solutions. Bollore transport and logistics just like any other company are faced with issues that tends to interfere with its daily activities of moving cargo from the origin which is normally considered as the distribution centre to the destination of their clients. Some of the issues that affect them are like:
One of the highest costs contributing to the ‘cutting transportation cost’ concern is fuel prices. Higher fuel prices are likely to increase transportation costs for US shippers this year by pushing up fuel surcharges. Rising US diesel fuel prices are escalating surcharges added to freight rates, which is reversing a two-year trend that cut into the revenue and earnings of truckers as fuel prices dropped.
Carriers face significant compliance regulations imposed by federal, state and local authorities. Government policies and regulations affecting transportation have an important impact on capacity. Carrier pricing regulations, as well as social regulations addressing safety, labor, environment and energy issues — for instance, hours of service restrictions for equipment operators, environmental constraints on port expansion and local noise policies that restrict aircraft landings and departures at night — reduce capacity, service levels and cost. Engine emissions controls, energy efficiency standards, hazardous materials regulations, speed limits and numerous other rules and policies are necessary to protect the public or to promote social objectives, but they have an impact on transportation and trade that must also be considered.
Rather than targeting public policy and funding on individual transportation modes, policy makers are advised to develop a national freight policy that integrates the needs of shippers with those of multi-modal transportation concerns to establish cohesive and efficient national and global networks. A broader geographic perspective, i.e., regional or national planning rather than local, will improve the efficiency of the transportation system.
Security: deterrence and detection
Security is important in transportation since carriers are responsible for the safety of their employees, the public, and their customers’ products. Transportation links have great risk exposure as they often span considerable distances and take place in operating environments that are difficult to control. The September 2001 terrorist attacks heightened security concerns and resulted in several new government security initiatives that have broad impacts on transportation system flow, time variance, and cost. Security awareness and preparedness must be implemented through comprehensive and on-going planning, employee education and training, and technology. Effective security plans require top management leadership and support, good fit with the organization’s business model, integration across all functions and processes within the organization and with its supply chain partners, and the ability to measure performance and attain continuous improvement.
Deterrence and detection are two key elements of transportation security programs. Deterrence refers to security practices, infrastructure and technology that discourage or prevent theft and terrorism, while detection refers to the discovery of theft or product/shipment tampering during or after the fact. Physical inspections of shipments and monitoring devices (e.g., surveillance cameras, satellite tracking of vehicles and containers) are common means of detecting security breaches. Real-time monitoring devices, in conjunction with quick-response capabilities, may also be deterrents; i.e., by lessening the probability of success, they may discourage attempts at theft or terrorism.
Technology strategy & implementation
While the industry understands and supports many of the benefits of these technologies, some questions remain as to how they will pay for it and who will help implement the improvements.
Supply chain technology applications that enable shipment and equipment tracking, increase supply chain visibility and facilitate inter-organizational information sharing also enhance security. For example, global positioning systems (GPS) enable detection of unplanned stops in transit, en route tampering with shipments and vehicle departures from pre-designated routes (i.e., “geo-fencing”). Advanced notices of transportation-related delay are communicated to shippers and receivers and may be integrated with their event management systems to better manage disruptions.
Customs authorities are working to develop and apply better technologies for inspecting shipments (e.g., radiation/chemical detection sensors, improved x-ray technologies) that increase both the speed and accuracy of inspections. Authorities also are adopting policies to reduce the number of inspections by targeting higher risk shipments, shippers, and countries of origin for inspection as well as certifying “known shipper” status. Examples include C-TPAT-certification to identify shippers that demonstrate effective security policies and practices and permit faster customs clearance at points of entry.
The future success of global supply chains will depend on the ability of organizations to manage the capacity and security issues described above. The requisite organizational and technological tools are already available. The challenge lies in integrating them throughout the supply chain.
Improved customer service.
Customers want full transparency into where their delivery is at all times. These days, the location of a package is as interconnected as your social network. In fact, as customer expectations have increased, their willingness to pay for fast shipping has decreased with just about 64 percent of consumers unwilling to pay anything extra for less than two-day shipping.
With high fuel prices comes a greater credit crisis and rising inflationary demands that take a greater toll on the US economy. This industry is then pressured by increasing compliance regulations, declining demand, additional capacity with additional increases in key cost centers.
The anti-idling and other emission reduction regulations brought about by state and local governments has created concern that the compliance costs could exceed benefits. There are also occurrence of natural calamities such as bad weather like heavy rains leads to damage of roads that interfere with movement of freight delivered to the customers through roads.
BOLLORE TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS COMPANY TRANSPORT PLAN
The plan is formulated with an aim of identifying and analyzing the company’s goals with appropriate objectives on how the goals can be easily achieved. The plan further spells out the transport problems faced in-time delivery and full customer satisfaction. It also come up with alternatives to the problems thus giving transport managers diverse options on how to realize customers satisfaction with the problems faced at large. The plan with help in accessing the effectiveness of the goals in relation to the transport issues that are faced by the managers today. These goals are set aside to meet the customer’s expectation and needs such as moving and shipping freight safely and delivering the shipments on time.
The goals to be identified by the plan are a result of persistent issues in the transport system and they will have a hand in the realization of the company’s mission and vision.
Goal 1: Transport Safety
These are goals that are established for the wellbeing of both employees and customers.
• To eliminate safety risks on the company property, every risk that occur on the travelling routes and risk when employees are at customers premises.
• It also ensure the working conditions are conducive for example enforcing driver rest periods, fleet maintenance standards and driver proficiency requirements.
Goal 2: Quality Shipping Standards
These are goals established by Bollore logistics to ensure that goods are delivered on time without delay or any damage.
• To ensure that import and export cargo are well documented for easy tracking and investigation in case of losses of goods on transit.
• Goods to be delivered on time and reach its destination without any damage or lose.
Goal 3: Quality Employees
Bollore transport and logistics put in place to ensure there are highest quality drivers, warehouse personnel and support staff in the company.
• To ensure that there are enough trucks that go hand in hand with the latest technology so that there is effective shipment in the company.
Goal 4: Industry Awareness
The company establish these goals in order to earn a reputation for quality service and gain an edge in the competitive industry.
• To establish itself as an expert in the field and becomes knowledgeable in the details of transporting and warehousing equipment and parts in and out of the country.
Goal 5: Customer Service
Bollore transport and logistics came up with this goal so as to manage customer’s feedback
like damage of goods or failure of goods to be delivered on time.
• To provide customers with outstanding customer service to handle business’s transportation and logistics needs in an appropriate manner to enhance reputation in the industry.
• To establish and increase distribution centers so as to respond to customer’s needs despite them being in different geographical areas.
Goal 6: Continuous Improvement
The company has to improve the quality of its services so as achieve its goals and all employees are able to participate in a continuous improvement system.
• To help and seek ways to reduce costs, eliminate inefficiencies and improve customers’ service.
Problems identified by the transport plan
Bollore transport and Logistics Company faces growing fuel prices increasing, increased wages and peaking of inflation increases transportation costs on a daily basis. Maintenance costs, storage costs, detentions costs that are paid for goods that have overstay after clearance and insurance costs that are incurred to anticipate the risks that might occur to the fleet in the company.
Personalised services to the clients
The clients or customers of Bollore Transport and logistics does not only demand their goods to be delivered on time but also need personalised services in terms of packaging and pricing and this become difficult for the transport manager to understand the need of each customer.
This has pose a difficulty in the company as the manager has to maintain a human approach towards the employees as well as keeping best interest of the organization in mind.This becomes difficult to the company as drivers and other staff are often placed in different geographical locations to maintain good supply chain management.
Compliance with Regulations
Transportation rules, regulations and security norms can vary from one place to another and thus familiarizing the company and its staff with these can pose a bigger challenge
Offering segmented customized services
Not only delivering goods on time but also offering customized services to different suppliers and customers in terms of packages and pricing and thus flexibility is what is expected and thus logistics operators need to offer personalised experiences.
Processing enormous amounts of information
Logistics and Transport managers have challenges in dealing with a lot of data and information alongside coordinating smooth operations in the company. These operations may include ensuring the safety of the fleet and staff, fleet loading and cross-checking route maps and sanctioning fuel bills.
Alternatives to the problems identified above
1. Logistics managers have to gather reliable information on existing and future orders, maintaining a fleet of delivery vehicles, paying salary to the transportation staff on time as well taxes too.
2. The company need to understand what all clients can ask for and what extra services they can deliver to win the trust of its clients thus keeping a tab on costs.
3. Decentralization of responsibilities by appointing logistics managers in key locations with appropriate work-order management solutions can help in more efficient management and these can help logistics managers manage team, utilize resources and keep everyone on the same level and be able to notify the staffs in case of any changes in the organization.
4. Collaborating with an efficient audit software that can help eliminate these challenges and improve your compliance and lead to quality investigations and these saves the company from getting on the wrong side of the law.
5. Using a software system that can automate the process of projecting different services to different customers and thus saving time and effort on the managerial level.
6. If done manually it is time-consuming and tedious work as well and thus the best solution is investing in an automated application for data entries, fuel bills, loading and unloading ledgers can go hand in hand with streamlining operations.
Bollore transport and logistics transport investments entails building a new transport infrastructure, upgrading existing links and technology and improving transport services. Transport investments is therefore necessary in this company so as to boost sustainable growth and meet the customer’s expectations.
Building a new transport infrastructure involves constructions of roads, railways and even airports. Bollore transport and logistics need to invest in constructions of new infrastructure so as to enhance effective operations. Building of new roads or railways will therefore attract more customers who need their cargo to be delivered and since the company offers door to door services it will be easier to deliver goods due to good infrastructure.
Upgrading the existing links and technology is also another form of transport investment that involves replacing the existing link with a newer version so as to improve its features. Bollore transport and logistics need to improve its system so as to assist in knowing the exact location of goods as they move by using the information system. Identification and tracking need to be improved so as to monitor time going out and routes it takes and the time the goods finally reaches its destination and this will assist in case of any damage or loss of cargo.
Improving transport service is also another form of transport investment that Bollore transport and logistics need to adopt this can be achieved through training of employees who has direct contact with customers so as to maintain good public relationship with customers when addressing their needs. Communicating the company’s expectations so as to incentivize the performance of customer service and recruiting employees with a strong customer focus and there will be increase in customer service. Implementing software and supporting technology will enable the employees to provide a higher level of customer service.
Transport design of Bollore Transport and Logistics Company
This focuses on creating models for the fleet that is used in the company. The fleet created should consume less fuel and thus it will save on transport costs .The style, comfort, branding, safety and function are other factors that are considered in transport designing.
Bollore transport and logistics should therefore focus on designing fleets that consume less fuel, the containers that they use should be of the required size that is twenty-foot equivalent unit (20 TEU’s) and forty-foot equivalent unit (40 TEU’s).The fleet should also ensure that the axle of the vehicle designed should be well maintained for the sake of safety of a vehicle.
Transport policies to address issues transport managers are facing in 21st century
1) Foreign corrupt practices act and anti-corruption laws worldwide
The United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the United Kingdom’s Bribery Act can present challenges for global companies, especially those that rely on agents and other third parties throughout the world. Transportation and logistics companies must possess an in-depth understanding of how the changing scope of their services intersects with those laws. Companies should institute comprehensive compliance policies and train workers on their procedures.
2) Data security
As customers’ expectations increase regarding the ability to track shipments in real time across multiple carriers and modes of transportation, companies must improve their ability to share data electronically. This increased need for accessible data creates greater exposure to potential data breaches.
3) Risk allocation
Prior to doing business with each other, all parties involved in the transportation of goods should have a clear understanding of how risk is to be allocated. Contracts should accurately reflect agreed-upon retentions of liability and should be purged of inconsistent and outdated provisions that undermine the parties’ intentions. Protocols should be implemented to ensure that all parties involved are solvent, fully insured and reputable.
4) Expansion and risk management planning
Historically, carrier liability has been tied, in part, to the mode of transport. As both asset-based and non-asset based logistics providers expand their services, they may be subject to uncontemplated duties and liabilities, including wrongful death, spillage of contaminants, and environmental hazards.
5) The single window
Effective December 2016, the United States import-export regulatory process will be modernized through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, which will allow businesses to submit the data required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and its partner government agencies through an internet-based “Single Window.” The transition for companies and government agencies to the new ACE system may cause inefficiency in the regulatory process. Additionally, ACE may present challenges to companies as the sharing of information among various agencies might lead to expanded agency oversight.
6) The compliance, safety, accountability program
Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), the truck monitoring program overseen by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration intended to reduce commercial motor-vehicle related accidents, collects safety data on motor carriers and drivers. Although not intended as a new safety-rating system, many shippers use the CSA scores as another method of vetting carriers. Therefore, carriers must understand the components, technologies and methodologies of CSA to ensure driver, fleet and load compliance.
7) International arbitration
The parties to cross-border transactions are finding that arbitration is a less expensive and faster method of dispute resolution than traditional litigation. Arbitration awards are generally not subject to appeal. Additionally, arbitration awards are generally easier to enforce in foreign jurisdictions than court awards. Companies should consider a mandatory arbitration provision in their standard contract forms.
8) United states health care reform
The Affordable Care Act includes a groundbreaking employer health care “pay or play” mandate that becomes effective January 1, 2015, and requires large employers to offer full-time employees health insurance coverage that satisfies certain requirements or pay applicable penalties. Logistics and transportation companies should understand and take into account these new requirements in their staffing and employee benefits decisions and make appropriate adjustments.
9) Worker classification
Transportation and logistics companies are, more than ever, utilizing a contingent workforce rather than workers with a traditional employment relationship, and government agencies are taking notice. By way of example, in the past several years, the IRS and the Department of Labor have engaged in a joint initiative to seek out and correct employers’ misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Notably, both agencies have increased the level of funding and manpower devoted to this initiative, which the government is estimating can bring in over $7 billion. With the implementation of the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act, it is expected that these arrangements will receive heightened scrutiny. Additionally, many states have their own employment classifications for various purposes, such as unemployment benefits, and their definitions often differ from the federal test. Given the far-reaching implications of misclassification (including, without limitation, liability for back payroll taxes and penalties, wage and hour concerns, coverage under the federal discrimination statutes, liability for unpaid benefits, and civil penalties under state law), businesses should take time now to ensure that their workers are properly classified.
10) Compliance with United States export controls
Federal law controls both what can be exported from the U.S., and on what terms, and with whom a U.S. party may conduct business. These controls are implemented for a variety of reasons, including for national security and foreign policy objectives. Logistics companies often are on the front lines of U.S. export control enforcement, for their own account and as agents for their customers. The need for compliance in this complex, and fast-changing area, is more significant than ever.
11) Transaction activity
B Studies by independent experts predict increased merger and acquisition activity through 2017, in part, due to the retirement of an estimated 40 percent of baby boomers who own businesses. Additionally, if recent history is any guide, the uptick in transaction activity will likely involve large national and international logistics and transportation companies buying local and regional operators. Potential sellers should conduct due diligence on themselves before going on the market to improve their likelihood of their companies being chosen over their peers for a sale transaction. Potential buyers should analyze whether one or more strategic acquisitions could improve their strength in the marketplace.
Bollore transport and logistics is a freight forwarding company that deals with local transportation, port services, and multimodal transportation. Bollore transport and logistics offers door to door services to its customers. The company also has a transport system that deals with planning of the companies travelling routes ,operating hours and their distribution centres.This transport system helps the company in maximizing the routes efficiently and save on transport cost. Transport plan focuses on the issues that transport managers are facing and this include fuel cost, technology, security among others as explained above. Bollore transport also focus on policies that helps in mitigating issues that managers could be facing in the company.
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