Costs and Expenses

Why is There More Free Shipping?

Why is There More Free Shipping?
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 3, 2017

In a world where ecommerce is continually increasing, shipping companies are finding themselves in peak demand. To stand out and survive in this competitive online market, both retailers and shippers not only have to deliver quicker, but cheaper…so cheap that it’s free.

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Which way is the crude oil tanker market heading?

Which way is the crude oil tanker market heading?
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, October 31, 2016

Entering 2016, the crude oil tanker market gave a strong performance. Throughout 2015 it gained significant momentum due to lower oil prices which drove demand, with time charter equivalent (TCE) rates reaching their highest level since the start of the 2008 financial crisis. Yet this also placed the market into a vulnerable position; any decline in demand could mean a large amount of instability, and a huge drop in rates. 

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Categories: Cargo, Costs and Expenses

Rising Bunker Fuel Prices

Rising Bunker Fuel Prices
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, October 13, 2014

Bunker fuel can account for more than 70% of a shipper’s expenses for a single voyage. So it’s no surprise that the fluctuating price of fuel is a big issue for shipping companies. With a continuing rise in the cost of oil and new environmental measures, many companies have to completely rethink their supply chain.

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Fuel Bunker Price: How to Keep Control

Fuel Bunker Price: How to Keep Control
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, August 6, 2014

In an industry where fuel is everything, shipping companies can find the associated costs of fuel hard to stomach at times. The prices soar and plummet with supply and demand, seemingly according to the whims of the fossil fuel magnates. Yet, there are ways for shipping companies to maintain some sense of cost control.

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Categories: Costs and Expenses

Who Controls Shipping Lines?

Who Controls Shipping Lines?
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, June 11, 2014

International shipping is crucial for the world economy and where there’s money there follows very powerful people. But, who actually has control of the shipping lines? Is it the importer/exporter, the international shipping company managing the shipment or is it the shipping line itself, or even none of the above?

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