Opinion Piece; Tuko
Shipping companies are exploring ways to leverage new technologies and tapping into digitization to improve the efficiency and productivity of their investments. Read more: https://www.skywaycargo.co.ke/business-economy/industry/504745-opinion-disruption-shipping-industry-companies-leverage-technology/
Throughout history, other industries have been affected by digitizing their operations time before the shipping industry started feeling the effects. According to Dahiye Mumin Yakub, CEO of Skyway Cargo, there is an increasing need for a seamless flow of goods in the global supply chain and digitization is the key enabler to shipping companies. Currently, the shipping industry is facing challenges brought about by new regulations from the regulatory bodies in Kenya.
The impact of these changes has been felt by the consumer in the form of higher freight charges, slower shipping process and delays, as well as a backlog in the port. As a result, many customers are opting out of shipping as the costs are no longer manageable.
“The changes have significantly affected my business as the cost has gone really high. Unfortunately, this has made me add on the selling cost in order to meet the profit margins,” says Catherine Wairimu, a Nairobi-based importer. However, some shipping companies are making major moves to cushion the customer through digitization and consolidation methods of shipping. One of these is Skyway Cargo; a leader in the segment and one that is taking matters into their own hands.
Small businesses can now ship their cargo and pay for it bit by bit as they continue to sell it. Skyway Cargo is able to pay for cargo on behalf of businesses who in turn can get the goods they pay for. Additionally, small businesses or individuals can ship their goods through the cargo consolidation method whereby smaller shipments/goods are bundled together within one container thereby allowing them to share shipping, storage and even delivery costs. This leads to minimized shipping costs, as well as decreased wait time which all contribute to increased efficiency.
Another major pain point felt by customers is when their goods get lost or damaged. This is often experienced during the process of loading goods on tracks, ships and aeroplanes. When you engage a premium cargo company such as Skyway Cargo, such experiences are hardly felt. They use a tracking system to handle the logistics, carefully labelling, logging and tracking assets as they go their separate ways, always keeping their shippers and recipients updated on the progress of the project. The most innovative solution has been the ability for customers to calculate costs digitally. This is meant to support greater customer- centricity including digital transformation, security growth and new business models.
The shipping industry continues to expand and be a solution for many businesses and individuals. The secret to ensuring that your international shipping goes smoothly is to engage a cargo company that has significant experience in getting goods to their foreign destinations. An ideal cargo company will help you with everything from securing and packaging your items to filling out the paperwork to tracking your shipment every step of the way.
It is therefore solid to say, our Kenyan economy is heavily dependent on the shipping industry. Every small or big importation done for businesses and even individuals are a factor to the thriving factors. Read more: https://www.tuko.co.ke/business-economy/industry/504745-opinion-disruption-shipping-industry-companies-leverage-technology/