Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Elements of Air Freight Forwarding

An air freight forwarding service is employed by companies that frequently deal in international importing and exporting. While a forwarder does not physically move materials and products, they act as a broker between the importer or exporter and an array of carriers who specialize in moving goods. Most businesses do not have access to the vast network of cargo transportation professionals on the market, and can take advantage of a freight broker's contacts and expertise to streamline their logistics processes and reduce shipping costs.
Though it may seem fairly simple, shipping a product from one country to another is a process latent with obstacles. Shipping internationally often involves a relay team of different carriers, each of which must be managed separately from requesting bids, to payment. Should anything ever go wrong with your shipment, your forwarder will be your single point of contact. Having planned the shipment for the most efficient route possible, your broker will be tracking the shipment and know just what to do and who to speak with to prevent stalls or delays in the shipping process. An experienced forwarder manages thousands of successful shipments every year. They work constantly to refine their process, achieving dramatic cost savings for their clients.
Additionally, since they do have a vast network of carriers at their disposal, they have more competition for their bids than a small business owner could ever hope to achieve. Since they represent such a large volume of business, they can often negotiate much better deals on shipping as well. Since a broker often has several clients shipping to the same country, they are able to batch shipments, lowering the total cost of shipping for each and every client.
Logistics also requires strict adherence to U.S. Customs and Border Control regulations and legalities. A forwarder is an dxpert in the customs process, making sure the cargo you are importing or exporting has all the necessary documentation to clear customs, and will not be held up at port for weeks or potentially, months. To the uninitiated, managing this process can be a tiresome burden, that often leaves their goods stranded at customs. This is why so many businesses are taking advantage of a forwarder's services to outsource this process.
Many professional forwarders will also offer many advantageous ancillary services needed for shipping internationally. In addition to the preparation of customs documents, they can provide shipping insurance, warehousing and storage, and even manage international payments and currency exchanges. They will help you manage and mitigate any risks involved. A forwarder that has put many years into the industry has seen almost every type of problem that could ever arise, and knows just how to solve it.
A trusted forwarder can save their clients from a great deal of labor and worry, not to mention provide them with reliable shipping options at the lowest possible price. For any company that imports or exports goods, this service is an incredible asset that should not be overlooked. In these uncertain economic times, hosting these services in-house is too costly and time-consuming.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

How to Expand Overseas

Years ago, you had the inspiration to start your own business. It took hard work, plenty of late nights, and many weekends spent working. Now business is booming and you're looking to expand. Moving into foreign markets is a great option that can be very rewarding. There are a number of ways to bring your business overseas.
Start an Office Abroad
Establishing an office in another country is the most effective way to break into a new market. However, it is also the most complicated and costly. There are costs associated with incorporating your business, acquiring office space, hiring employees, and so on. If your company can handle these expenses, this is an excellent way to penetrate the new market.
Operate from Your Home Country
Hiring a sales team in your home country to pursue international leads is an attractive option as long as certain conditions are met. First, unless you can afford frequent overseas trips, meeting face-to-face with clients mustn't be a necessity; your sales team needs to be able to operate via phone, email, or video conferencing. Second, your desired market must be in a compatible time zone. Assume your company is located in Los Angeles and you are looking reach leads in Western Europe, which is 8 hours ahead. Normal business hours of 9am to 5pm in London correspond to 1am to 9am in L.A. Such an extreme time difference would make it quite difficult for your company to operate, unless you can find sales people who can work the night shift.
Appoint Independent Sales Agents Abroad
Sometimes a cost-effective option is to appoint independent sales agents or distributors abroad. Sales agents or representatives would represent your company in their local market and make a commission from your company on sales that they generate. Distributors would buy your products in bulk and resell to their buyers. This option would help you save on some of the fixed costs associated with starting an office, and you would also have the benefit of having local sales people who understand the market and regional culture.
If you need multiple sales representatives, you can hire a Master Agent who would establish a hierarchy of sales reps that report to him or her. This way, you only need one point of contact to keep tabs on your entire sales team.
While bringing your business abroad is an exciting undertaking, it absolutely needs to be approached with caution. Do your research before entering a new market and make sure the rewards justify the investment.
Sales Agent Europe is a leading web portal that helps business owners find qualified, interested sales representatives & distributors to grow their business and expand across Europe. We also assist sales agents with finding new product lines and opportunities.

Friday, June 15, 2012

A Guide To Embroidery Digitizing

An important part of custom embroidery is digitizing. Digitizing is the process of converting artwork into a stitch file that can be read by an embroidery machine and interpreted as different stitch types. So what are the steps that lead to a perfectly digitized design?
Preparing Artwork for Embroidery Digitizing 
The digitizer has to analyze the design to find out if it needs to be edited for embroidery. Artwork designed for print media can not always be embroidered properly; they have to be simplified first. Other changes that may need to done are resizing the image, eliminating outlines and enlarging small text.

Once a design has been modified using a graphics software, the file is used as a template for an embroidery program to create a stitch file. The digitizer will then have to decide how the pathing in the logo will run. The sequence of stitches in a design is known as pathing. The execution of the design is greatly determined by the pathing. If the sequence in the embroidery isn't correct, the design might have gaps and turn out to be uneven. The pathing also effects the length of running time of a design on the machine. Though this might not seem important, a design with a shorter run time will be less costly.

Assigning Embroidery Stitch Types 
Next, each section of the design is assigned stitch types based on what stitches will best represent the artwork. First, the digitizer adds the underlay stitches. Although underlay stitches are not visible in a finished logo, having the correct underlay stitches is necessary for creating a great looking logo. Underlay helps stabilize the fabric to the backing, lay down the nap of the fabric so that the remaining stitches have a smooth surface to embroider on and also add density to the design. Stitches tend to sink into the fabric or the fabric shows through the design if the underlay isn't proper.Although there are only three basic stitch types: run, satin and fill stitches, there are variations of these stitch types. For example, fill stitches are used to cover large areas; but, the digitizer must decide what type of fill stitch to use, the direction of the fill and where the fill should start and stop in the design. The type of fabric the logo will be embroidered on must be considered when the stitches are being decided and appropriate adjustments should be made. Stitches will sink into fabrics such as polar fleece and lay on the surface of denser fabrics such as nylon. A logo that was originally digitized for denim won't look as good when embroidered on a pique knit where the stitches sink into the fabric.

The Push and Pull Factor 
"Push and Pull" is another important aspect of embroidery. While being embroidered, it is possible that a design may move. This will cause shifting in some stitches. There is higher chance of shifting when using long stitches, heavy fabric, tightly wound bobbin thread and large areas of thread. The digitizer should rectify the effects of "push and pull" and make adjustments.

The Embroidery 
Even though it might seem that left chest business logos are easy to digitize, designs that have detail, small text and color changes take more time to set-up. It takes a lot of time and experience to correctly digitize designs as it is a very exacting process. The digitizer must be aware of how different stitches will appear on fabric as compared to when he sees them on the software. A well digitized design will make your logo look better so it is important to hire someone who does quality digitizing.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Three Most Important Aspects of Doing Business in Arabia

Arabia presents itself as one of the most lucrative and conducive business environments in the world today. However, a significant majority of international entrepreneurs and even seasoned businessmen are most likely to have experienced a rather rough terrain when dealing with the people, procedures and specifically business relationships in Arabia.
Business in Arabia is very different from starting and operating a successful venture in any other part of the world. A few aspects, often perceived as rather secondary, and hence most often overlooked, might account for the failure of an otherwise highly profitable business deal.
Cultural and Religious Practices are an Integral Part of Business Dealings in Arabia
One of the most important prerequisites of pursuing a successful business relationship, right from inception to closure, is to respect the religious and cultural practices prevalent in business dynamics and communications in all countries of the Arab world. Basic familiarity with the beliefs and practices of Islam, which presents itself as the majority religion in the Arab world, is the key to sustaining successful Arabian business relationships. An understanding of the religious scripture, colloquial usage of religious phrases and an understanding of Islamic practices that precipitate business discourses in Arabia could create a competitive advantage for a prudent businessman.
Arabic Exists as a Primary Means of Communication in Several Different Flavors
An understanding of Arabic is equally essential in order to successfully broaden ones domain in terms of teaming up with the best business partners and exploring mutually beneficial business opportunities. Arabic being the national language of most countries in the Arab world exists in several different flavors with distinct local dialects dominating different regions of the Arabian Peninsula. Although Arabic has a common grammar structure and usage in written form, influences of local dialects create entirely different versions of colloquial Arabic. Attaining a stronghold on spoken Arabic in the local dialect of the targeted region, could prove significant in establishing successful trust relationships in future.
Government Regulations Create Lasting Impacts on Business Setup and Functioning in Arabia
Further, recent government regulations have created several windows for pursuing business opportunities in Arabia, which might not have been viable otherwise. The government in several countries of the Arab World has re-iterated its official guidelines to create the possibility of a successful business startup. The regulatory environment that dictates the nature of doing business has been conditioned in order to maximize foreign investment in future.
Considering the tax-free nature of the Arab world, starting or expanding a business in Arabia might sound more practical than ever in the coming years. Therefore, an agenda for calibrating a successful business approach must include not just research about the regulatory environment, but also about the language and culture of Arabia.