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As a manufacturer, does the thought of international distribution scare you?

We have mentioned on more than one occasion the influence the Internet is having on consumer behaviour. Consequently, manufacturers are now able to use the Internet to market products to a far wider market. On the one hand this can be exciting, while on the other it can also be daunting from a logistics point of view. For a number of you with small to medium sized enterprises, you may have dismissed the international and global market on the basis that you don’t currently produce a sufficient volume of products that you believe an international freight company would be interested in delivering.

Getting the best price for overseas shipping rates can often mean the difference between success and failure and it is important to us here as we try to establish more and more long-term freight solution partnerships that we do all we can for you from the very beginning. As a consequence, we have worked extremely hard on maximising efficiency, while lowering costs, to the point where we can now offer affordable international freight and express shipping solutions at prices up to 70% lower than our competitors.It is very important to us here at Ceramic Logistics you are made totally aware of the fact that we are more than happy to deliver smaller batches of products then you might have anticipated. We fully appreciate and accept that for many of our customers who are looking to broaden out into international markets that potential outlets will want to trial your products before committing to a more substantial order. Where Europe is concerned we have established extremely affordable freight shipping to a wide range of countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

It is fair to say that another reason why international expansion does not appeal to a number of businesses is through a lack of knowledge and understanding with regard to the logistics and costs of shipping products abroad. Having been established for over 40 years and offering freight and express delivery throughout the whole of the UK and beyond, we are in the perfect position to be able to inform you and guide you accordingly. To help give you some idea of costs involved, please feel free to use our free online quotation form, while if you have any additional questions you would like answered, please make sure you give us a call; we will be only too happy to help in any way we can.

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Going from local to national with Ceramic Logistics

For a good number of businesses in the retail industry, any network of outlets invariably begins with the one single unit. Having established there is a good market for the products you sell, expansion becomes a logical possibility. However, with expansion comes the logistical challenge of balancing your increased purchasing power through being able to order larger quantities of products with the costs of distribution to each individual outlet. Depending on how big you get, thoughts may even turn to obtaining a small warehouse to use as a distribution point.

This obviously commits your business to further and substantial outgoings as, on top of the additional premises you will need to lease or buy delivery vehicles and take on extra staff. This usually only becomes feasible for substantial businesses with many outlets, so what is the alternative? The answer is, Ceramic Logistics.

The mistake many businesses make with regard to suppliers is accepting the delivery costs suppliers add on top. There is no rule that says you have to use their freight delivery operator and a good number of manufacturers and suppliers will accept collection from an alternative transport company. Better still, where Ceramic Logistics is concerned, collection and delivery of goods does not have to be to one individual destination. In being able to get products direct to each and every outlet reduces the amount of time between buying products and actually selling them, which is a huge advantage when cash flow is critical.

If you’re importing goods from abroad we can collect them once they have gone through Customs clearance, and have them delivered to the door of each of your outlets within 24 to 48 hours with our express freight service. In being able to offer competitive freight services that are up to 70% cheaper than a number of other UK freight delivery companies, it will soon become apparent why those clients who use Ceramic Logistics rarely use us just the once. Our business has grown substantially over the last 40 years and one of the principal reasons for this has been through repeat and continued business from a number of highly valued clients.

One thing we cannot stress enough here at Ceramic Logistics is that while we are a freight transportation company, the word freight does not automatically mean bulk. In other words, we don’t deliver minimum quantity orders and, as a consequence, we can adapt easily and very much according to your needs. To get an idea of what we mean, please feel free to use our online quote form, or if you have any specific questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at any time.

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