Monday, September 19, 2011

Freight Forwarders Must Read The Future of Logistics

Software Development Key to Publishing Supply Chain Contract
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – To be successful in a niche or specialised market it is necessary for a freight forwarder to stay abreast of, or indeed ahead of developments in the supply chain. Logistics group SBS Worldwide spent some time developing their own software, eDC [electronic Distribution Centre), to assist publishers reduce both the time taken and the cost of delivering books from printers in China and elsewhere to customers around the world.

Now leading academic publisher, McGraw-Hill Education, has appointed SBS Worldwide as its freight forwarder and supply chain partner of choice for all inbound air and sea consignments, and the eDC tool formed a central plank of the agreement. The software will give the company access to real time data on its global consignments – right down to ISBN number. Through eDC, staff in every area of the McGraw-Hill business will be able to track and manage shipments, measure key performance and ensure successful distribution of its books.

Steve Walker, Chairman at SBS Worldwide, said:

“Our eDC system has been developed with publishers’ needs in mind, enabling them to move books quickly and efficiently across the globe, but also providing them with a level of visibility and control they have never experienced before. We are extremely excited to be working with one of the biggest players in publishing and this contract is a landmark in our growing presence in the industry.”

SBS will manage the logistics of cargo being delivered to the McGraw-Hill Education EMEA headquarters in Maidenhead, Berkshire, which will include inbound shipments from a diverse range of locations, such as USA, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore and the company will also facilitate a drop shipment service for direct delivery to customer publishers and their respective freight shippers.