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Running Head: AIR FREIGHT VS SEA FREIGHT Air Freight Vs Sea Freight Shauna Joseph America Military University TLMT352 Dr. Carmen Mousel January 21 st , 2017
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AIR FREIGHT VS SEA FREIGHT 2 Air Freight Vs Sea Freight Introduction In business and life in general, choosing the right mode of transport for both individuals and corporations is vital. Air transport is generally the best option both in cost, speed, reliability, albeit the few environmental issues that are commonly raised by the majority. Businesses and individuals alike often chose whether to use ocean or air freight, and both have their pros and cons. Organizations, for example, choose air transport because it is reliable and fast, and this is commonly true to those who deal with perishable products. However, those that usually send bulky products like cars commonly prefer ocean freight, and all these decisions are made for purposes of securing their bottom line. This paper provides evidence on why people and firms should consider air freight as opposed to sea freight while considering several factors. Speed According to Lindstad et al. (2016), it is no question that air freight is faster when compared to sea freight. Organizations understand that time is money, and this particular factor can make up for any higher costs associated with air transport. Sea transport capabilities usually take weeks or months, while air transport takes few days to their destinations. Fast deliveries are better for both organizations and individuals as they help them to make decisions, and budgets in a timely manner. Deliveries done from one nation to another now take one to two days, and with the increasing technology, this time span might become shorter in the future. However, to become competitive sea freight operators have started creating routes that are shorter to beat the competition, but their survival fully depends on automated canals that can also be exorbitant. Ships often have longer distances to cover, and with their slow speed, they
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AIR FREIGHT VS SEA FREIGHT 3 take longer to reach their destinations. Even though ship operators say that their delivery time is currently increasing due to the innovations in their industry, this is by far below to what airline transport offers. Organizations should, however, understand that when speed is considered over cost, the issues of profit margins should also be considered. Reliability Jonson et al. (2015) confirm that the issue of reliability is vital and is usually looked for in services, people products and businesses. Under this category, air freight has a shorter history but always wins the reliability battle. Most flights commonly get delayed by weather conditions but tend to always be on top of their arranged schedules. Ocean carriers are never reliable, and
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