7 Freight Forwarding Factors to Remember

Whether it’s local freight or international freight, booking with a shipping company or logistics company can be a tedious task, that is why importers and exporters in Singapore are advised to hire a freight forwarding services representative to act as a liaison. Logistics services involving air freight and sea freight have complicated documentation and inspection processes, so make sure to remember these pointers when partnering with a freight forwarder.

1. Freight Forwarder Qualifications. A freight forwarding company in Singapore will assign a licensed freight forwarder or freight broker to assist you. Make sure that you ask for the experience and qualifications of the logistics services agent and to ask about the process of importing in and exporting from Singapore. The knowledge about the documentation, laws, and customs procedures is crucial because the freight forwarding company will be representing you when negotiating with the shipping company, trucking services, and airlines.

2. Freight Forwarding Documents and Fees. There are different requirements when you engage logistical freightage whether local freight or international freight. Import procedures require knowledge of the dutiable goods, customs procedures and permits, controlled and prohibited goods, trade documents, and depositing of goods. While in exportation, the freight forwarding services must assist the client in completing the necessary permits and documents to book a safe and fast transportation of the merchandise from Singapore.

3. Freight Forwarding Services. There are different requirements for the different free trade ports around the world if you are going for an international freight and various way for the freight forwarder to look for transportation services. You should look for a freight forwarder in Singapore that is right for the type of merchandise you want to import or export. This means that they must have connection with various logistics company, airlines, shipping company, and trucking and delivery services in and outside Singapore. Some of the best freight forwarding companies have years of experience in working with various clients.

4. Selection of Transportation. The mode of transportation may not be limited to one type. The freight forwarder must pick the best option that is available to get the merchandise to its destination safely and on time. But the selection of transportation will also depend on the airline and ocean carrier schedules, fuel cost, capacity, freight volume, regulations, and others.

5. International Freight Handling. International freight requires connections with various logistics services companies for both air freight and ocean or sea freight. Air freight is slightly expensive but is the fastest and safest option for the transportation of goods. Sea freight, however, can handle more types of cargo and is cheaper than air freight.

6. Partners and Affiliates. When it comes to international freight, the freight forwarding company must have connections outside of Singapore to ensure that the merchandise pass the customs inspection. This can be arranged by the consignee or receiver and arrange a freight forwarder to receive the merchandise. If this is the case, then the freight forwarder must have the flexibility to meet the arrangements.

7. Freight Forwarding Process. Freight forwarding, specifically international freight, has seven major processes. You can easily monitor the process by keeping in mind the following sequence: export haulage, export customs clearance, origin handling, import customs clearance, destination handling, import haulage, and delivery.

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What Can CRM Software Do for You?

Customer relationship management or CRM software is s type of sales management and reporting system that simplifies and streamlines the CRM system and practices of any office or business that needs to handle customer information.

To better understand what CRM software types like cloud CRM can do for your company in Singapore, let’s look at the benefits you can reap from sales reports processes, customer information consolidation, and the easy-to-understand sales management tools.

Make informed decisions more often
An effective CRM system will give management and employees the right tools to make informed decisions. Reviewing relevant data through a cloud CRM is a lot easier than having to sift through files manually. After all, information and easy access to it is the most essential step in discussing possible solutions and future plans for the business.

Improvement in sales
Managers can monitor and track the sales team’s activities more efficiently with the help of timely and accurate sales reports through a CRM software. It will allow sales management to increase coverage, track prospective sales, automate client connection and follow up, and and improve the team’s performance by looking for the weak spots and highlighting important skills. It is possible to even predict possible sales performance by reviewing the customized sales reports.

Find the best business practices
The most important benefit of a CRM software is the ability to determine bad or ineffective business practices and improve overall performance of the sales staff. Installing the program will not in itself solve everything right away, but you can slowly work your way towards your business goal because you have the data that you can act on. Sales management is easier because the CRM system provided by www.crystaldash.com gives you a bird’s eye view of opportunities, stagnant accounts, fragmented data, and sales team performance.

Helps your business grow
Although using a CRM software does not fully guarantee that your business will meet its target, you and your sales team will have a better chance at doing so with all the necessary tools at your disposal. The CRM system is not a one-time solution but a long-term partner in helping you achieve that goal. You can track that progress, make improvements, retain more customers, attract new clients or customers, and manage your market share through a CRM software. It grows as your business in Singapore grows, too, because you can easily measure the revenues, market share, and customer retention to predict possible outcomes.

Manage customers with less risk
The growth of a business is not possible without attracting new customer and earning the loyalty of the current customers. However, customer relationship management is a complicated process because there are various factors that must be considered including looking for opportunities to attract people with different qualities from your current loyal clients. It is easier to chase sales leads by keeping relevant information of possible customers, therefore increasing the chances of closing sales and hitting the sales target.

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How to Clean Your Action Figures

The common culprits that can destroy your collection of action figures are dust, moisture, heat and sunlight, cold, fluctuating temperatures, gravity, and oil and dirt. Even when the items are boxed and unopened, you still need to keep them in good condition.

Dusting
Dust isn’t as damaging as water and heat but it could make the display look less attractive. Dust could also get into tight spaces that are difficult to clean such as the action figure’s hands and the folds of the costume. If left for a long time, the dust will also form a cake. Keep them in closed shelves or cabinets to prevent dust from getting into them. Most collectors use canned air to blow out dust, clean cloth like a microfiber cloth to wipe off dirt or a duster called Swiffer duster that absorbs dust.

Washing
For dirt that cannot be removed by dusting or if the figure you bought is second-hand, fill a basin with lukewarm or cool water. Don’t mix detergent in the water just yet. Never use hot water because that could ruin the plastic and paint. If the figure can be disassembled, take it apart first. If the figure has decals and stickers, however, it’s best to spot-clean instead of soaking and brushing the figure. Soak the figure for at least 5 minutes in the water. Use liquid detergent, preferably something mild and unscented, and a soft-bristled brush to remove the dirt. Rinse with cool water then pat-dry. Lay out the figurine on the towel to dry. Don’t use a blower.

Spot-Cleaning
For action figures with stickers, decals and materials other than plastic, there is no need to submerge them in water. Figures made of metal should not be washed as well. Use a cotton swab instead. Moisten the tip with then wipe the dirty surface. You can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush for other stains.

Fabrics
Some action figures come with sewn clothes. Do not try to wash these miniature clothes if there is no need to do so. But if the garment looks dirty, check the box for the care instructions. Don’t soak the clothes in the water too long. Use cool water and mild detergent then swish lightly. Air-dry under the shade and avoid ironing the clothes.

Polishing
Wiping the action figure with clean cloth will do the trick. There is no need to use polishing materials unless stated in the instructions on the box. Use a microfiber cloth to prevent scratches. Rub the surface in a gentle circular motion. Avoid rubbing on the stickers and decals because they could come off. Figures made from PVC like Nendoroids get sticky over time when left in the plastic boxes for too long. You should take them out once in a while.

Storage
The best way to prevent action figures from getting dirty is to avoid too much handling and exposure to the elements. Pick a glass case to display your collection and make sure you keep them away from children (most action figures are for people aged 15 years old and above). Don’t place them near heat sources or where moisture can easily form.

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How Action Figures Are Made

The beauty of action figures is that they are not like your regular plastic toys made for minors aged 15 and below. Action figures for hobbyists and collectors are usually hand-made and hand-painted by artisans using only the best materials. They are also not mass-produced and some are even made of rare materials like metals and glass.

The Prototype
The first step in creating an action figure is to pick which character should have an action figure. You will often see characters from popular anime, comics and video games. A design is then made through sketches, taking note of the character’s signature poses, items and facial expressions. After that, a prototype is made using clay and aluminum wires. The wires form the frame of the figure while the clay gives it shape. The clay is then carved or shaped then baked. All the details are added, with the face usually made last.

Materials Used
Most action figures are made using plastic resin like the acrylonitrile butadeine styrene or ABS. Other types of plastic such as polyethylene and polypropylene are also used. For hand-sewn costumes, the most commonly used fabrics are nylon and rayon. To put in all the details, artists use acrylic paint. There are also action figures that contain electronic components for voice, sound and lights. Exclusive editions are sometimes made using bronze, glass and other metals.

Molding
Using the prototype, molds are created from the various parts of the figure. Action figures usually have removable parts or articulation. This requires the manufacturers to create the figure piece by piece and not as one single plastic (that is for figurines, not action figures). The joints or points of articulation contain washers and small gears that will allow them to move.

Assembling
When all the parts have been produced, the pieces are assembled to form the figure. Some parts are fused together using either glue or a technique called high frequency vibration. The clothing made from fabric are produced separately from the parts. Then all the details are placed and painted on such as the face, costume and accessories. These are very detailed and must be done with precision so that the figures look as close as possible to the characters.

Box and Packaging
Most action figures are placed in a cardboard box with a plastic window. Others come in a plastic blister with a cardboard backing. There are products that are placed in PVC packaging with a bubble for the action figure and its accessories. The PVC is sometimes shaped like a tube. The packaging is also important in determining if you’ve purchased licensed and original action figures. The details should be correct and accurate. Some manufacturers also place stickers as an additional guarantee.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Cravings with These 5 Beloved Singaporean Desserts

Singaporean cuisine is rich in itself. From the many fusion meals to desserts available throughout the city state, the food is considered a melting pot of rich influences from different cultures. More than anything, all walks of life truly enjoy the rich food choices they are endowed with. Even tourists do not miss out on the gastronomic adventure Singaporean food has to offer.

If you’re planning to visit Singapore, include tasting the many local desserts on your bucket list. Though they are less famous than the signature dishes sold in hawker centers (think of Hainanese chicken rice), trying them out can also become one highlight of your Singapore experience!

Pandan Cake
If the British have crumpets, Singapore has pandan cake. It is a light chiffon cake accentuated with the flavor of Pandan leaves. The inclusion of pandan is also what gives it a nice green hue. Notably, the cake is also popular across neighboring Southeast Asian countries. Pandan cake is usually served with a cup of warm Milo, which is a drink similar to hot chocolate.

Grass Jelly
Another common favorite dessert among local Singapore residents is the grass jelly (called as chin chow). It is derived from boiled mint stalks added with starch until they turn into their jelly texture. The jelly is cut into cubes — which are then served as toppings over ice thus creating a refreshing sweet treat. The perfect choice if you want to beat the summer heat!

Ice Kachang
Singapore’s ice kachang is similar to that of Korean Bingsu, which is a sweet icy treat commonly shared amongst friends. Shaved ice is drenched with flavorful syrup and then topped with jelly, red beans, and sweet corn among the many choices of your choice. It also comes with unique toppings, one of the most famous being durian fruit.

Sweet/Tissue Prata
Prata originates from the Indian roti prata, which is a type of flatbread. It has been turned into a Singaporean dessert which is made of paper thin prata (thus the name ‘tissue’) along with different sweet syrups. This dessert prata is made crispy yet not too oily at the same time. It is commonly drizzled with chocolate sauce, but local flavors also incorporate Kaya — a traditional coconut jam.

Pineapple Tart
A traditional Asian dessert, pineapple tart is also popular in Singapore especially during the holidays. This butter pastry is well-loved by locals and tourists alike. Some bakeries fill these treats with mildly spiced pineapple jam, while others simply glaze them to give it that beautiful golden color. Check out a local bakery during your Singapore visit and you are likely to find some pineapple tarts!

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