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Discover the latest news from Apollo Cardiff, plus key issues influencing the logistics industry.

How can freight forwarders save you money and time?

Friday 15th July 2016

Companies always stick to the same carrier they have always used, but as the market is so volatile these days how would a specialist freight forwarder save you time, hassle and cost to export? When you contact a specialist forwarder they provide you with specific knowledge that no call centre can provide. Before the shipment is sent, each client is aware of what information is needed to facilitate the smooth delivery of each consignment. As a freight forwarder, Apollo would complete all relevant paperwork and commodity codes to reduce clearance times and often can utilise their accounts through a brokerage service to pay any duties for shipper or receiver to get the items released immediately. Most carriers expect their clients to book all shipments and have full knowledge of each countries entry rules together with the hassle of completing all the relevant paperwork. Apollo completes all relevant paperwork and tracks each consignment until a recipient's signature is obtained. When Apollo delivery service provides a price for international shipments worldwide we view the full market place for every single shipment that is sent to ensure that the optimum cost is secured and any discounts are passed onto our clients. This give our clients the flexibility of knowing that they are sending their shipments at the most cost effective price each time and they do not have to stick to one carrier and a fixed price. The market place is searched using all the major carriers, so the quickest transit time is provided and the client has greater flexibility depending on how urgent the shipment is. Why not contact Apollo delivery service today on 0292796100 or email info@apollodistributioncardiff.co.uk to see if we can reduce your costs and improve your service to your clients. Written By: Emma Dyer If you require further information please click here…

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Why would you pick Apollo as a Delivery Service?

Tuesday 14th June 2016

Established in 1995, we have demonstrated 21 years of expertise in the logistics field. We provide a bespoke and robust logistics plan to suit your every need, from same day dedicated vehicles through to international shipments Worldwide. We can also help you to archive any files with our secure Cardiff storage facility. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year we can guarantee a time-definite and dedicated service to ensure that your items are delivered "on time every time". From small vans to artics we have a vast range of vehicles available to our clients. Apollo also considers more cost effective way of sending less urgent items with our combined fleet and chosen partners. From overnight door to door deliveries to international Worldwide shipments via air, sea and road, we pass on our volume discounts to our clients to provide the fastest transit times. We'll always go above and beyond what your current courier service does for you. The size of our team means that nothing will get lost in translation meaning the safe and secure delivery of your items. There's nothing worse than uncertainty when you trust a distribution company with your goods, which is why we make sure to provide you with real-time updates and always secure proof of delivery for you. Most companies operate utilising a call centre system; at Apollo there are dedicated highly experienced staff who will advise you on the best and most cost effective way of sending consignments depending on the stipulations you have to comply to. Where vehicles are used to provide a service, route consolidation and strategic load planning are utilised to minimise vehicle miles and "empty running". It is company policy to maintain vehicles in an efficient condition. The van and its driver are vital to the UK economy with more than 4 million on the road. That's the view of the FTA Logistics Report 2016, which shows the dramatic shift in the way the public shops; by the end of 2015, retailers predicted they would be delivering more than 860 million parcels to UK homes - thanks to the e-commerce explosion. If you need help to deliver your items throughout the UK or Worldwide click here…

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Misconceptions of the Logistics Industry

Friday 27th May 2016

Logistics is one of the most dynamic industries in the world, whether you are a service provider or a client that uses the service. There are various categories and ways to move goods from a one man band to a multi national corporation. It is plain to see that even large providers rely on numerous suppliers to move goods and this requires co-ordination between the buyer, supplier and carrier. Buyers are concerned with their delivery, the carrier is juggling other customer's loads from bulk consignments all over the world to ensure delivery to the end recipient. All companies operate across multiple supply chains and how they operate can vary enormously, but the end result must be to deliver the consignment "on time every time". The logistics industry communicates at varies levels, but it would be foolish to think that any one company can do it alone. It is imperative to understand that the success of any logistics company is due to flexibility, collaboration and the ability to share information. For the buyer to understand how the suppliers operate they must understand the various services that are available to them. Same Day Dedicated Vehicle When a client books a dedicated vehicle it is usually for urgent items that have to be delivered the same day for a particular deadline. As such that vehicle will only carry that client's items, follow the quickest route and allow enough time to deliver to the destination on time. Sometimes this process can breakdown if the courier provided carries more than one client's goods in a bid to reduce their costs. This can result in the items not being delivered on time. Some would say that this increases the carbon foot print, but it does ensure the client's ability to hit their deadlines and service to their end user. Courier firms are working hard to ensure that the vehicle does not return empty by picking up a backload therefore reducing congestion in urban areas. This type of delivery does come at a cost and often client's are surprised how much. Often we see tenders going on a cheaper overnight service that are worth hundreds of thousands of pounds and being eliminated before the process has began as they were not prepared to pay for a dedicated service to ensure the delivery. Overnight Door to Door Deliveries There are many multi national companies that provide a cheaper overnight door to door service for next day, 48 hour or even timed services. Most of these carriers will guarantee delivery or money back. Often client's are not aware of what this guarantee means! If the carrier fails to deliver, the item is then pushed to the next day therefore missing the deadline which affects services to its client. Overnight packages go through a sortation system and can pass through many pairs of hand's before it is delivered. It stands to reason that it is open to more human error and can be sorted incorrectly at a main hub that deals with thousands of packages a night. During busy periods such as Christmas, many carriers struggle to keep up with the demand which can result in hundreds of packages sitting in warehouses while they figure out how to deliver them all. I would therefore stress that the overnight service should be used for non urgent items. International Services When companies or individuals try to export or import goods within the EU or Worldwide they must consider individual country restrictions, paperwork and taxes and duties. It can be a minefield to work out what is required when sending or receiving any items, but in general if you follow this guide you won't go far wrong. 1.Provide a full company name, contact name, address with zip code and telephone number (Various countries often ring ahead to arrange a delivery time). 2.Measure each item to provide full dimensions i.e L x W x H. (Large items can be volume depending on the carrier which will affect the price). 3.Weight of the item as this will affect the price. 4.Provide a full list and description of what is being sent together with their value. Commodity codes have to be obtained outside of the EU with a value of the goods. You can obtain commodity codes from HMRC online. Each item that is sent outside the EU must be accompanied by a customs invoice. Although larger carriers supply a more automated service they can often fail on customer services. Smaller companies provide a more personal service, i.e items are tracked on the client's behalf and any paperwork is completed by the carrier to ensure that the items are delivered on time. This gives many clients the flexibility to concentrate on other aspects of their job role, safe in the knowledge that the items are being tracked and paperwork completed which will help with the smooth passage through customs. If you need assistance with your consignments please contact us here Article written by Emma Dyer Director at Apollo Distribution Solutions …

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The Uberfication of Logistics

Thursday 5th May 2016

The Uber model is becoming essential for businesses to implement into their supply chains. Customers crave the ability to order items for fast delivery and arrange shipments with ease; it is abundantly clear that the Uber model facilitates this desire. Uber itself has recently launched UberRUSH as an accessible courier service in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Customers can use the app to find vehicles in their area, specify their bespoke needs, organise an efficient service, whilst tracking their consignments. Drivers can then sign up and work under Uber, maintaining their own working schedules. What's the catch? Plenty of other companies have capitalised on the same model since and have proved very successful. However, many concerns have been raised regarding how this new structure will impact on the shipping industry, particularly considering its extremely rapid growth in the market. The very nature of an app-based service makes for a degree of both efficiency and visibility previously unheard of. With ease of ordering, customers can locate the best vehicle in their area and provide any necessary bespoke instructions to receive a tailored service. Additionally, the apps provide full visibility; the vehicles can be tracked throughout the journey, which means that customers always know the live status of every journey. Queries have been raised, however, with regards to the safety of the transported items. Security is a huge concern. What's to stop a driver registering, finding a load of value, and thieving the goods? It is clearly highly important that security measures are established to ward off criminal activity. Many argue that the security anxieties of uberfication is a huge turn-off. The customer is likely to be working with different drivers each and every time - how can they be expected to trust this above a trusted broker that they have been working with for some time? This is understandably a huge leap for a lot of people. Moreover, from a business perspective, their broker would have previously worked out all the logistics for them. With uberfication, the responsibility lies in the hands of the sender. This may require extra staff, or put a strain on the workload of existing employees. Companies are under much pressure to keep up with the uberfication of logistics. Without adaptation, freight brokers, for example, could end up losing much business. There is considerable demand for these businesses to create their own apps in order to comply with the uberfication trend. These uber-style delivery drivers are also able to shape their activity around individual requirements, brokers need to keep up with this expected personalised service. Furthermore, with reference to a dynamic service, uber-style apps are able to immediately generate tailored prices for each job. These prices are likely to vary each time and are dependent upon a great many factors; brokers will need to ensure they also keep up with this side of the trend. The immediacy of payment transfer is also a huge plus point. Transactions are done straight away as soon as the job is completed. There are many clear environmental benefits of the uberfication of logistics, predominantly when making use of return loads. Too frequently, vehicles of all sizes are travelling unloaded. Uber-style apps will allow people to book these vehicles for back-loads to ensure that the vehicle isn't wasting mileage not achieving anything. Goods can also be consolidated with uberfication. One vehicle may take several customers' consignments rather than several vehicles all travelling independently. This is also effective in decongesting urban areas. Less vehicles clogging up cities will certainly benefit air quality. Depots and ports need to be ready for this consolidation, plenty argue that they are not prepared for this loading arrangement. With the uberfication of logistics taking hold, brokers need to be liberal in adapting their businesses before losing clients to app-based services. Plenty of companies are racing ahead to establish themselves as uber-style leaders in their regions and the rest of the logistics industry needs to keep up! Join the discussion further with us @ApolloCardiff. Or click here if you require further assistance…

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Final Mile Logistics: Droid Technology

Monday 25th April 2016

Aside from rigorously discussed delivery technologies such as drones and driverless vehicles, many claim an oversight with regards to droid technology. These delivery robots have recently gathered much interest and perhaps offer an alternative means of final mile delivery during a period of further research and development of more far-fetched logistics. Last mile delivery has long been an area of discussion for urban transport and logistics planners. With a particular emphasis on London, highly congested areas make for a logistics nightmare. Consignments can travel long distances but spend 80% of their transport time sat on overcrowded roads. This, of course, raises additional environmental issues. UK cities are under pressure to expand and grow. With more and more deliveries piling in, air quality is poor and roads condensed with logistics vehicles only add to the problem. UK-based Starship believe that their company have the solution. The Starship delivery robot is designed to autonomously drive along pavements to make deliveries from businesses to consumers. Evidently, this removes the middle man from the situation. Unmanned, these machines can take goods directly to customers. It also lessens costs; with an estimated 30-40% of delivery expenses coming from the final mile section of delivery, the adoption of new logistics technologies is vital for businesses to consider. There are plenty of advantages associated with delivery robots in urban landscapes. As aforementioned, financially they can be enormously worthwhile. Small businesses may especially benefit, rather than paying for vehicles to sit in traffic daily, they can make use of a droid, which is clearly a lot cheaper to run. With UAVs more expensive to buy and potentially less safe due to spinning blades, many businesses would rather invest in something people may be more likely to trust - additional concerns were raised after the recent Heathrow drone collision. Importantly, drone technology relies on much regulation and it seems we're far from a conclusive outcome. Droids travel on pavements and not roads, clearly simplifying the attainment of regulatory approval. The Starship brand of delivery robot has already covered more than 3057km in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Estonia, and the US and shows no sign of stopping. Practiced on varying terrains, from snow to rain, droids have shown their ability to function successfully against potentially problematic conditions. Using a 3G GPS signal, 9 inbuilt cameras, and numerous sensors, they are programmed to reach their destination successfully without bumping into obstacles along the way. However, this is something to consider. If the machines are only benefiting urban environments, then the pedestrian population must be taken into account. Clearly, the number of pedestrians in a city like London is dense. In spite of sensors, citizens will still have to keep an eye out for the droids, which operate far below eye-level. In particularly busy areas, it could feasibly take hours for delivery robots to complete their deliveries after negotiating their way around thousands of feet. However, manufacturers have assured that the droids cannot cause damage along their route. They weigh less than 35 pounds and travel slowly, preventing any collision causing real harm. Aside from concerns regarding pavement travel, the Starship inventors have certainly taken usability into account. The machines are easy to use; customers can take their goods from the central compartment and also easily return any unwanted goods. Safety is also of utmost important - the compartment is locked to keep items safe, with easy access granted at its final destination. The cameras aboard also transmit live video to operators in order to discourage thieves. The battery life of the delivery robots could be criticised. Currently, the droids can run for just over two hours before needing a recharge. This may be of concern in highly populated areas where delivery will take some time. However, only completing urban missions, the hope is that each delivery can be completed and returned within the two hour time frame. This certainly seems achievable and clearly further future development would lead to expanded battery life if necessary. With real potential to flourish quicker than UAV and driverless technology, how do you perceive the future of delivery droids? Join the discussion by tweeting @ApolloCardiff! or click here for more information Photo by Tim Butler / CC BY…

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Apollo on Pinterest

Thursday 14th April 2016

We're pleased to invite you to join us on Pinterest! As well as plenty of images from Apollo HQ, we're featuring infographics to break down complex logistics issues, supply chain tech and industry news! Follow our account and we'll follow you back on all of your social channels.…

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Easter Bank Holiday Delivery Information

Thursday 24th March 2016

We hope you have a lovely Easter break! Remember, all of our same day services run 24/7, 365 days a year. We're available all weekend and no current bookings will be affected by the bank holiday. However, overnights and internationals are delayed by bank holiday hours. Any consignments picked up Thursday (24th) will not be delivered until next Tuesday (29th) - so please bear this in mind when you book with us this week! Contact us here at any time over the long weekend for any bookings or inquiries.…

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How can you Defend your Digital Supply Chain from Cyber Attacks?

Monday 14th March 2016

Safeguarding warehouses from physical harm remains a constant concern for operators. From burglaries to fire hazards, warehousing requires 24/7 surveillance. However, many are overlooking the threat posed by infiltrators of the digital supply chain; it is integral that cyber security is plotted highly on priority lists. With supply chains becoming increasingly reliant on digital, it is necessary for operations and data to be defended from violation. Of course, malfunctions in software/hardware can exist, jeopardising systems of all functions and magnitudes. Cyber crime is different. Deliberate attacks occur frequently and can shatter supply chains from the very core. Companies outsourcing IT, storage and/or software are at a higher risk and so vigilance is of utmost importance. Ideally, an organisation develops a combat strategy, placing experts at each stage of the supply chain in order to prevent possibly devastating breaches. There are a number of ways in which supply chains can be targeted; aside from direct attacks to a company, third party providers are often responsible for allowing infringement. It is vital for companies to take care when selecting their website and software providers, ensuring that they are reliably sourced and sustain a sturdy cyber defence system. Third party website/software providers can be infected without the employing company even knowing. The malware is then shipped to the business who will suffer as a result. It can be impossible to check every piece of software or website update/download made available, especially for smaller companies with limited resources. Therefore, it is important to select reliable third parties who won't cause harm, whether this is with intent or not. Sticking with third party providers, it is also important to ensure data stores are carefully selected. If a company sends its data to be housed with a third party company, it is obviously important to be rigorous when carrying out checks on that company. Will they protect pools of data from cyber attack? Can they be trusted to keep data private and confidential? Data many belong to customers, it may also cover intimate business details such as with regards to structure. If you're contacted by a spam agency then chances are your data was infiltrated and reaped from a data store by a cyber attacker. Watering hole attacks are also a prime channel for cyber criminals. Watering holes are used by a large number of people in the same field of employment; examples include government interfaces and healthcare bases. The members of these cohorts trust their watering holes fully, moving freely within them and downloading industry-specific content. Plenty of traps can be set up inside these trusted "safe" places, especially when people are downloading potentially spiked content without a second thought. These watering holes can serve to produce thousands of data entries. Much confidential information is stored and attackers are able to get an astronomical amount of data from just one infiltration as this data is often shared as part of one huge network. Such information pools can hold much sought after information, such as valuable government statistics or research conducted by health boards. What practical measures can you take? When picking your third party providers, make sure you can trust them. Ask them to evidence their security methods to ensure that your supply chain remains safe. Don't automatically rule out smaller companies. The stakes are high but often small businesses lose out when they are more than capable of managing a full and reliable service. Again, demand proof and complete relevant risk assessments before embarking on a contract. Employ specialists in your organisation to take care of cyber security. If your organisation handles sensitive data or operates complicated systems can you afford to cut corners? Some warehouses are controlled entirely online; these systems can be under threat just as much as data stores. If an attacker wades in and controls your warehouse, the entire supply chain can be devastated. This also puts employees at great risk as autonomy is surrendered. Regularly review your tactics. It is by no means enough to have set up measures years ago and rely on archaic strategy - keep ahead of your attackers! With each third party introduced into the company, however small they might be, a new risk is imposed. Keep on top of all potential portals of entry for criminals. Establish a common communicative understanding with your third party providers. Make sure you have mutual key terms as well as a way to overcome potential language barriers. To maintain a robust cyber security system, everyone along the supply chain needs to be on the same page with a common understanding of terms and processes. Always protect your sensitive data with passwords and store any references to said codes in an encrypted folder. Additionally, consider a two-factor authentication process to access sensitive information. Perhaps a physical object in addition to the digital password could be used in order to heighten security. This system is used, for example, by many online banking systems to log-in to your finances. Change your passwords regularly and carry out cyber security audits at the same rate as you would monitor all other systems in your company. Maintain this vigilant attitude - question everything and don't assume everything is ok unless it states otherwise. It is impossible to entirely guarantee the safety of your digital supply chain; nevertheless, taking the above measures can make your business far less susceptible to attack. First and foremost, you need to be proactive and investigative; explore every new connection and act with vigilance across your entire supply chain. Threats will only become more menacing and so it is vital to ensure that you have a comprehensive security structure in place. To further discuss supply chain security, find us on Twitter or Facebook!…

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Celebrate Valentine's Day with Apollo Cardiff Delivery Service

Tuesday 9th February 2016

If you don't have an account with Apollo Cardiff then make a quick call today to receive 10% off our full range of courier services all week! It's free to start an account with us and we can start saving you money right away. From same day dedicated vehicles, to next day deliveries and international shipping, we have the distribution solution to suit you. Our services are all tracked, bespoke and competitively priced; with an additional 10% off your first booking under your new account, you have no excuse to revamp your logistics plan with us. To find out more or to open your account, call 02920 796 100 or email info@apollodistributioncardiff.co.uk. If you already have an account with us then don't worry, we haven't forgotten about you! We have plenty of treats lined up for our 21st birthday this weekend so you'll be sure to hear from us soon. Click here for more information…

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Apollo Cardiff's Delivery Service Same Day Promise

Tuesday 2nd February 2016

It's almost impossible to sustain a healthy business alongside a clumsy logistics plan. The ease at which your supply chain flows can have huge implications; it's not worth taking the risk. At Apollo, we craft bespoke courier services for our clients. Every business needs a different shaped logistics plan in order to succeed and we recognise that. Tailored to your company, all of our services adapt to you. As a result, we operate on a 24/7, 365 days a year basis, with professional industry experts always ready to speak with you. Our same day service proves incredibly popular with our clients; they consistently return to Apollo based on our promise that their goods will be the only ones on board. The key to delivering a fast, tracked and secure service is providing dedicated vehicles and we never fail to do so. We are able to provide vehicles from small vans and transits through to 26 ton artics. Our vast range of vessels allow our clients to use us as their primary courier provider. We guarantee to be on time, every time. We are in constant communication with all our drivers and will ensure that all information is reported back to you. We don't leave you in the dark; we treat every consignment with the utmost importance! Click here to receive an immediate, non-committal quote based on your business specifications. We operate UK-wide and internationally so you really have no excuse to revamp your logistics plan!…

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