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The Difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain

One can get quite confused when it comes to shipping terms and categories. These industries seem to be so similar that it might come across that there is little difference between them.

Once you are involved in or familiar with these businesses, you will soon understand. These are very different industries with different workings, assets and architecture. They require different sets of qualifications, experience, expertise, knowledge and attitudes.

Let’s go through the main differences:

  • Maritime Industry is anything related to the ocean, ships, navigation of ships from point A to point B, seafarers, ship owning and other related activities.
  • Shipping Business is carriage of cargo from point A to point B using ships which fall under the Maritime industry.
  • Freight is the cargo carried using the ships falling under the Maritime industry through the services offered by the shipping lines.
  • Logistics Services are the processes involved in getting cargo from the manufacturers warehouse to the receiver’s warehouse. This includes arranging for shipping services offered by the shipping lines using the ships which fall under the Maritime industry.
  • Supply Chain is the entire process comprising all aspects in a product cycle.
  • Trade is the basic economic concept involving buying and selling of goods and services with compensation paid by a buyer to a seller. It can also mean the exchange of goods or services between parties. Trade is principle to any business or economy.

Logistic and Supply Chain

Logistic management is a small portion of Supply Chain Management. This combines the flow of goods, services and information.

The basic difference between Logistic and Supply Chain Management is that Logistics management is the process of integration and maintenance, or flow and storage, of goods in an organization. Supply Chain Management is the supply chain coordination of any organization.

Another difference is that the objective of Logistics Management is customer satisfaction. Supply Chain Management focuses on competitive advantage.

Supply Chain Management involves the planning, implementation and storage of goods and services between the point of origin and consumption to meet customer demands. Logistics Management’s main objective is to deliver the right product at the right time.

SCM is a broader term which refers to the connection from supplier to consumer. Logistics Management is only associated with maintenance and storage of goods. Logistics is an important element of any successful supply chain. It helps increase the profits of any business that deals with the production, shipment, warehousing and delivery of products

A reliable logistics service can also boost a business’ value and help maintain a positive public image.

The Go Trucking service team can offer your business unparalleled organized air freight shipping services in no time at all. Each day, millions of packages and pieces of freight are shipped across the country. As daily demands of business and competitive pace continue to increase, you will need the right logistics company that’s kept up with a changing world. Go Truck Service is here to offer you a team of professionals along with trust, integrity, innovation and above all, quality.


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