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Benefits

SFN Membership is an all encompassing networking solution, with many benefits. Read on to learn why you should join SFN. 
 MEMBER ACCESS
  • Immediate access to 255+ global Partners in 115+ countries 
  • 100% of available business in Exclusive Networks - 1 Member per country permitted
  • Great share of available business in Non-Exclusive Network - only 5 members per country permitted (exceptions in China and USA)
  • Popular annual Member Meetings to enhance relations and boost business
  • A tailored package, to perfectly place your company where it will attract most business
  • Opportunity to promote your company via your own dedicated profile page
  • Visible partner rates (optional) - quicker response and higher chance of securing business
  • Upload your Company News onto the SFN website to publicise your company 
  • Discuss ideas with like-minded people in the SFN Members’ Area Discussion Forum 
  • Access to SFN email systems
  • Use of advanced tools for rate requests and Member contact in SFN Member Website 
  • FREE access to an instant rate request system and Cargorates App: AIRates.com
  • Preferential rates for eAWB connectivity for IATA and non-IATA freight forwarders
  • Heavily discounted rates for cloud based ERP System covering all your company’s needs
  • Quick Quote system to put new customers directly in touch with you
  • You are not required to annul long-standing agency relationships
 
MEMBER QUALITY
  • Use of a Payment Monitoring System, to keep SFN financials healthy
  • All Members follow a Code of Conduct to protect Member interests
  • Stringent entry procedures ensure only vetted, strong companies can work with you
  • Annual Membership Surveys to ensure a continued high standard of Membership
 
SFN HEAD OFFICE
  • Payment retrieval assistance & neutral arbitration are part of the SFN service
  • SFN Founder, Kelly Bunyan, offers strong and fair leadership, management and influence
  • Quarterly Newsletters and regular Updates are provided with Network News 
  • SFN online marketing (SEO) will increase business for your company - included in annual fee
  • SFN will promote the Global SFN brand at Trade Exhibitions etc - driving new customers to you
  • Sales tools to help you gain new customers - personalised website, Multimedia Presentation, personalised brochure etc. 

 

Watch SFN Members tell you the benefits of SFN Membership: Member Video Testimonials.   

You can watch more video testimonials at the SFN YouTube Channel
After 6 years, SFN could be twice the size that it is now, however SFN Founder, Kelly Bunyan, is exceptionally particular regarding the calibre of forwarder permitted to join her network. Kelly states:
"Size does not matter! Quality will always be more significant than all else. This is why I limit the Membership to 1 per country in the Exclusive Networks. We have long waiting lists for so many countries, but I will never change this policy, in order to maintain this exclusivity. This gives my Members a chance to obtain business - the ultimate goal.
 
As a result, a sense of family and an element of intimacy is safeguarded, which is particularly prevalent at our Member Meetings - our Members leave the events being remembered, rather than lost in a sea of competitors. Join us at our next Meeting."
 
It matters to all at SFN Head Office that the companies you are granted instant access to throughout the world are as strong and competent as you, the resultant being that new applicants are thoroughly inspected and trade references, which are also verified, must confirm their ability to pay on time and provide an excellent service. For strong and successful companies, this process is a mere formality. Your company is strong, right? So JOIN SFN.
SFN exists to aid your quest to increase business, consequently all at SFN Head Office work tirelessly to promote the SFN brand globally and to attract quote requests for its Members. SFN is regularly featured as an official Media Partner on international event websites as well as having the SFN logo on all conference materials. Such exposure helps SFN and your company reach a growing worldwide audience of industry executives.
SFN invests in search engine optimisation so that the SFN Website generates leads for its Members.
Marketing tools are provided by SFN Head Office to demonstrate the global alliance SFN Membership provides. For example, a printable, personalised marketing brochure, which mentions the connection between your company and SFN is provided once you join. Another example is the SFN Multimedia Presentation, which can be shown to potential clients. We also provide a personalised website to each member, complete with a video of SFN Managing Director Kelly Bunyan, endorsing your company. Such tools assist you in demonstrating the global reach of your company.
Additionally countless state-of-the-art systems are in place in the Member Website to assist you in finding the right SFN partner and obtaining rates quickly in order to win the business you are pursuing. Members can be found via an interactive map, a printable map, every type of list - excel, online, drop down company or country searches...you name it, SFN has it to ensure that no time is lost in quoting for your customer.
Member Profile Page
Once a suitable company is found within the systems, you can learn as much information as the relevant company is willing to share; each SFN Member can manage their unique Company Profile Page, which contains all contact details, a list of services, company profile presentations and photographs.
Email Systems
Secure, dedicated email addresses allowing Members to send a single email to a specific email address: members@sfnmail.com. This provides an excellent tool for Members to promote their new services, a great shipment they have just been involved with, the opening of new offices, changes in local procedures, introducing new staff - anything that will raise the profile of their company within the network.
To ensure fast communication within the network, SFN also has dedicated email addresses to assist in directing quote requests to specific countries. All Members in the required country can be reached with ease. The advantage of this system is that you will get competitive rates from several overseas offices, allowing you to select the most well-matched and compatible company to work with for each individual shipment. Full details on this system are provided upon joining.
Payment Protection
As soon as business begins to be exchanged, the Online Payment Monitoring System has been designed to ensure smooth cash flow between Members and to prevent late payments. Healthy financials within the network are imperative. SFN Head Office is immediately alerted to any late payments and can intervene. Grand payment protection insurance schemes are just not needed in SFN - they have the adverse effect of failing to breed a sense of trust. With 99%-100% payment records from year to year, SFN Members elected not to choose to enrol in a scheme when it was offered to them.
Member Rate Request Systems
As well as a Rate Request Form, which can be sent to specific countries or companies, SFN also has a Rates System which manages the entire rate request process. This pioneering online system manages all communication when requesting rates from fellow SFN Members. Requests are fully qualified, saving time in chasing further details in order to be able to quote. Automated reminders are sent by the system, ensuring that a quick reply is obtained. All correspondence is held in one place for easy reference. If staff are away, correspondence and current status of each rate request can be determined. These online systems allow SFN Members to obtain rates from their overseas offices in a fast, efficient manner.
Quality Control
To maintain standards, a Quality Control Survey is completed on an annual basis, to give SFN Head Office an insight into the quality of all Members. Providing Excellent, Average and Poor ratings, weaker performing Members can be highlighted and if necessary, expelled. Such a window into all activity within the network is advantageous for the longevity of SFN. Members are also encouraged to report any misdemeanours to SFN Head Office as soon as they arise. Whatever the dispute, the earlier the intervention, the sooner the resolution. Member disputes are exceptionally rare, meaning that dealings are very harmonious.
For such a small investment, you could be benefiting from all of the above. Sign up now, before your country fills up.
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