American Worldwide Agencies Partners with Australian E-commerce Company Qannu

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
September 23, 2013 - SCMR Editorial

American Worldwide Agencies (AWA), a global network of freight forwarders and agents, recently announced that it is partnering with Australian e-commerce company Qannu to provide it with direct-to-consumer internet shopping service.

Qannu’s services enable Australian consumers to order goods from any number of U.S. websites while paying only one international shipping charge.

Consumers can order through the Qannu website (http://www.qannu.com) or directly from a U.S. e-retailer, using a shipping address that directs goods to a unique “mailbox” at the Qannu warehouse in Los Angeles. When an order arrives at the warehouse, the consumer can opt for immediate shipping to destination or ask that goods be held for consolidation with additional orders.

Qannu uses AWA to provide delivery of consolidated packages direct to the consumer’s door in five to eight days, at a savings of up to 80 percent over traditional shipping methods. “The Australian consumer is looking for lowest price and a selection of products available in the U.S. market,” says Bridget Speed, marketing director for Qannu.

Brandon Fried, executive director of the Airforwarder’s Association, noted that while seemingly unique, many forwarders have for a long time accepted and assembled shipments on behalf of foreign buyers who purchase from U.S. retailers. 

“These purchases are consolidated in containers and on pallets with other shipments for trips to international destinations including Australia,” he told SCMR in an interview.  “The customers save money since the assembly of shipments into one unit tends to drive the airfreight cost per pound downward while creating an excellent value opportunity.”

Fried added that online interfacing tools and varying customer service strategies “tend to create different degrees of success” when competing in this field.



About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Company says the Cloud offering allows customers to respond more quickly to new business opportunities, without significant upfront cost and implementation times.

As e-commerce continues to take a bigger piece of the holiday package delivery pie, it stands to reason that companies need to be proactive and prepared in order to deliver premium service during the busiest time of year, which is rapidly approaching. And that is exactly what transportation giants UPS and FedEx are doing this year. How are they doing it exactly? The primary step they are taking is to up their numbers of seasonal staffers.

A recent hearing of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation suggests that the U.S. Merchant Marine industry may be poised for a major comeback.

Spot market freight volumes for the month of August remained elevated compared to seasonal norms, according to data issued this week Portland, Oregon-based freight marketplace platform and information provider DAT.

Factors such as rising freight rates, shrinking capacity, an increased desire for global supply chain visibility, have all worked together to drive the need for instituting a culture of continuous improvement in logistics operations and transportation management systems (TMS). To meet today's complex logistics challenges, managers are stepping into a more streamlined, automated approach to transportation management in order to function at optimal levels both domestically and internationally. Read the latest special report.

Article Topics

News · Global · Supply Chain · Management · All topics

About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review. Patrick covers international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. Contact Patrick Burnson

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.