John Pipe is Recruiting – Buyer job Poole

We are pleased to be recruiting for a Buyer to join our team in a part-time role, with hours to suit the successful applicant. To apply, please send your CV, with a covering letter to or post to: Mr. M Logan. Compliance Manager.  John Pipe International. 380 Ringwood Road. Poole. Dorset BH12 3LT. To download the full Job Description, please click here.

Reports to: Compliance Manager
Hours of Work: Negotiable – expectation up to 7 days per month.
Start Date: Immediate


JPI is an established company, offering packing and freight services to local industries and beyond. Although a busy and diverse enterprise, the team atmosphere is professional, supportive and relaxed. In the last 12 months, JPI has purchased near to £1m in materials and stock. To assist the company in obtaining the best value for money, JPI has a fantastic opportunity for a lively, good humoured, and positive individual to join our brilliant team in Poole, in a brand-new position as a Buyer for both branches of the company.

The scope of the role would suit an individual with a flair for research and organisation. Good IT skills are essential, with a passion for getting value for money.

We consider this is a part-time role, with hours to suit the successful applicant. While based at our Poole branch, a once-monthly visit to our Chandler’s Ford branch would be required.

Responsibilities and duties

– Planning and arranging annual servicing of company assets, including vehicles, heating systems and machinery.
– Planning and arranging of professional training for members of our team.
– Purchase of all stock materials and ad hoc items, including company uniform and office supplies, using the company’s purchasing system.
– Negotiating improved rates for frequently purchased short lead-time materials and services.
– Conduct a monthly stock count at both our Chandler’s Ford and Poole sites.
– Update records with costs and supplier information.
– Ensure all purchases are made with good value for money and compliance with UK legislation as required.
– Manage supplier performance and quality of service.
– Liaise with all personnel within John Pipe International to contribute to the smooth running of the business.

Skills and Experience Required

– Good IT skills, particularly Excel & Access.
– Polite telephone manner, strong communication skills.
– Resourceful and self-motivating.

Pay & Benefits

Benefits of this position include:

– 20 days paid leave + bank holidays (or part-time equivalent).
– Death in service insurance.
– After the qualifying period.
– Company contributed pension scheme.
– Salary Negotiable, depending upon experience.

Other Details

Typical company expenditure per annum:

– Wood Materials £538K
– Stock £167K
– Utilities £32K
– Repairs and renewals £60K
– Office Supplies and waste £25K
– Diesel £26K

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV, with covering letter to

Mr. M Logan
Compliance Manager
John Pipe International
380 Ringwood Road
Dorset. BH12 3LT

No Recruitment Agencies Please

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Tailor-Made Packing Solutions: Why One Size DOESN’T Fit All.

When shipping goods from A to B it is important to fully understand the ISO container dimensions used for standard and open top containers. Transporting your goods from A to B safely and securely, is what John Pipe International have been successfully doing for over 60 years. Whether its’ air, land, sea or specialist freight, you’re guaranteed to find the right service here. Read through this article to see our sizing options and to understand the ISO container dimensions we use.

So – you know the methods of transportation service John Pipe International uses to transit your goods, but how about the packaging of the goods itself?

To put it simply, we offer tailor-made packing solutions based on regulatory ISO container dimensions that are carefully designed and constructed to uniquely fit your requirements and specifications. Just as we are as a company ‘big enough to cope, small enough to care’ – no package is too big or too small for us to carefully package your goods for safety during transit.

Below is a standard guide on our ISO container dimensions and sizes – but don’t forget that our services are not limited to this, we can tailor any size, for any package.

Standard Container Dimensions By Type

Container sizes can come in a variety of sizes, with 20’ and 40’ being the most common standard container sizes, with internal widths of 7’9” as standard, and in heights of 7’10” – a high cube will have an additional foot to be 8’10”. 

Similarly, our Open Top & Flat Rack containers offer these same standard width sizes, with a unique lid design.

ISO Container Dimensions

Standard ISO Container Dimensions Table
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We Know You’re not all the Same.

Whether you are a small, independent company with small, lightweight exports, or you are a large scale global brand with exports that require extra details – we’ve got it covered.

That’s why our packing service isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Our case making services allow the design to be bespoke to your product, mode of transport and budget. Every wooden case is made-to-measure, expertly designed for your shipment. While we never take a risk with safety, we’ll always be on hand to give advice about the best solution for your business.

What is Case Making?

It is the ultimate protection.

When it comes to your goods, our aim is to make export packing and freight forwarding as simple as possible, so we offer all of the services you’ll need under one roof.

While foil-wrapping is a fantastic way to prevent moisture getting to your goods, an exterior packing solution offers a further defence against the elements. Our cases ensure your export arrives at its destination safely, so you can have a peace of mind guarantee when it comes to your logistics.

To find or create a bespoke wooden case for your export, click here to get in touch.

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Thinking inside the box: Helping you pick the right mode of transport for your export goods

When it comes to getting your goods from A to B safely, it’s important to think INSIDE the box.

John Pipe International regularly handles a variety of freight and packing needs, from small polybag packing through to cartons, special contents containers, and static sensitive types. We can transport any type of cargo.

When choosing your services for export goods, you want guaranteed reliability and safety at the forefront. Our standards are up to ISO 9001 2015 quality, and we can also offer advice and packing solutions for MOD contracts with our MPAS accreditation.

The Meaning of Freight

When talking about freight in logistics, we are referring to all export goods transported in bulk. This can be done by train, truck, ship or aircraft. John Pipe International have over 60 years of experience providing freight services from the UK. We can manage your project from start to finish and ensure it arrives safely at its destination.

While the term refers to the bulk of export goods being transported, the meaning of freight can differ depending on the mode of transport chosen. You can choose to transport your goods by air, land or sea. Each mode of freight transport has its own benefits, some of which are listed below.

So what are the different types of freight options to choose from at John Pipe International?

Air Freight

Air freight is the term used to describe the transportation of bulk export goods by aircraft. It is regarded as the fastest and most reliable way to get your export to its destination. Air travel gives you access to almost every destination across the globe, making it easy to get your export goods where they need to be.

If your export goods require urgency in its transportation time-scale, air freight is the option to choose as it is the fastest and most reliable mode of transport. So if you’re an exporter who likes things done diligently, air freighting is for you.  

With this, it does make it the most costly mode of transport. Our team can provide you with a quote for your air freight project or find a solution to work with your budget.

Advantages of Air Freight

We’ve covered that air freight is renowned for its speed, allowing you to reach any point in the world quicker than any other mode of freight transport, but what else might you opt for air freight for?

  • Flexibility: The flexible schedules and dates air freight provides allows any export goods to reach its destination efficiently.

  • Loading Capacity: In comparison to maritime transport (sea freight), air freight is more limited. However, it still offers the ability to transport a number of export goods ranging from small to large in their size.

  • Border Access: With air freight, there are less physical barriers in comparison to the other modes of transport.

  • Cargo: Air freight offers the ideal way to transport goods that might be of high value or fragile, with its security and safety. In addition, temperature control is a factor air freight offers to ensure specific temperature control if necessary.

Land Freight

Land freight is the term given to bulk export goods transported by truck or train. Road freight uses vehicles of all sizes to transport your freight from A to B. It is commonly used domestically to complete the final leg of your exports’ journey.

Advantages of exporting goods via land freight

  • Borders: Rail freight can cross borders, even continents where the rail infrastructure allows. Your cargo will be packed and loaded onto a freight train before making its journey to its destination.

  • Cost: Land freight is typically the most cost-effective and can be the fastest option for smaller journeys. When sea and air freight are concerned, your exports follow a travel path. Land freight can take the best route to minimise delays.

We have decades of experience which has given us intimate knowledge of the best land based routes.

Sea Freight

Sea freight shipping is a method of transporting cargo or bulk export goods overseas by boat. Your cargo is carefully packed and the container is loaded onto a vessel to be transported anywhere in the world.

This is a good option for any sized exporter. Sea freight gives you access to places that aren’t accessible by aircraft, such as Antarctica or the Falkland Islands. Although not as fast as air freight, it is a reliable service choice for blue chip companies and SMEs.

Advantages of exporting goods via sea freight

  • Efficiency: No matter the size of your shipments, sea freight is undeniably the best mode of transport to accommodate your needs when exporting high volumes of cargo, as they are designed exactly for this purpose. This mode of transport can also be cost-efficient for smaller export goods as they can be grouped with other cargo to fill a container. 

  • Bulky cargo: A major advantage of using sea freight is its ability to handle oversized, heavy or bulky cargo. Items can be moved with ease as ships are suitable to carry machinery and industrial equipment.

Specialist Freight

Specialist freight is required when a project isn’t conventional. It could be because the export goods are out of gauge, very fragile, temperature critical or needed urgently. Another common reason is that the destination is hard to get to, with very few ships and aircraft going in that direction.


Our specialist freight solution isn’t decided by you, or by us. It’s decided by the goods and the best available transport. 

When John Pipe International takes on specialist projects, we can never predict the end result. The process starts with a phone call. This won’t take long. We take a few details from you about your cargo and then you’re free to go. We can then start designing an export packing solution that is up to ISO 9001 2015 standards. We also hold an MPAS accreditation which means we are able to provide packing solutions that meet a UK military or NATO level standard.

With years of experience under our belts, you can rely on us to come up with an effective solution for your specialist freight needs.

To get started and get your freight quote, get in touch.

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The Complete Guide to Air Freight

John Pipe International have over 60 years of experience delivering export packing as well as land, sea and air freight. With experience comes insight, so we have created this guide to air freight which aims to help you understand the process of air freight and make your logistics straightforward.

Air freight is the fastest shipping method, making it a popular choice for international exporters. It is also seen as a reliable mode of transport as airlines tend to monitor their schedules closely, however, adverse weather conditions can cause delays or bring air traffic to a complete halt.

If you are looking into a solution for your international shipping, air freight will have likely crossed your mind. We would always recommend talking to an export specialist before reaching a decision but we’ve answered most of the questions we get asked about air freight in this guide to get you started.

What is Air Freight?

Lots of people ask us what air freight is. You’ll be relieved to hear it’s not as scary as it sounds! The meaning of air freight is simply ‘to transport bulk goods by air travel’. This means that your exports will travel to their destination as cargo on an aircraft – often a fast and reliable service.

If your business takes international orders, you will need to send goods overseas. You can choose whether the export travels by land, sea or air. Each mode of freight have their own advantages and disadvantages so it is worth looking into your options.

What is Air Cargo?

Sometimes, air freight companies use these terms interchangeably. While air freight refers specifically to large exports, air cargo refers to any property that is going to be carried on an aircraft. This includes:

  • Air freight
  • Air Express
  • Airmail

6 Advantages of Air Freight – Guide to Air Freight

In this guide to air freight, we will look at the advantages and disadvantages of air freight to help you make an informed decision.

1. Speed

Air freight is well-established as the fastest mode of transport when exporting goods to an overseas destination. This is why it is often the first choice for any exporter with urgent requirements.

Many business owners have to meet strict deadlines and ensure their goods arrive at the destination by a certain time. If your cargo is under time pressure, air freight is the best option for you. The speed of air travel cannot be compared to that of sea or land travel.

2. Reliability

Airlines are meticulous about scheduling flights. The arrival and departure times of your air freight are usually very reliable. This allows you to give accurate information to the receiver of your goods.

Another advantage of air freight is its frequency. Even in cases where a flight has been missed or cancelled, we can usually get your export on the next aircraft. Although this could add hours of delay, it is much better than the days you could have to wait if this problem occurred with sea freight.

3. Access to Almost Any Destination

The top air freight providers have a network of destinations that spans most of the globe. Although it’s common to send air freight from China to the UK or vice versa, this mode of transport gives you access to thousands of destinations across the world. We’ve even hired an entire Russian Illushiun 76 to get machinery to Detroit, USA from London Stansted.

4. Low Insurance Premium

As air freight offers a lower transportation time than sea or land freight, the insurance premium will be lower for this mode of transport. If your goods are spending less time travelling, there is less chance of anything being lost, stolen or damaged. This can be a huge saving to factor into your budget.

5. Air Freight Tracking

One of the reasons our customers love air freight is the detailed tracking that is available. As well as accurate departure and arrival times, you can monitor flight paths to check that your cargo is en route and keep your customers informed.

As the urgency of air freight often makes it a stressful process, tracking can help to give you and your customers peace of mind. John Pipe International offers a door-to-door service that allows you to track your air freight throughout its journey. 

6. Reduced Damage Risk

Airport safety measures over cargo are tightly managed, meaning air freight is often the safest and most secure mode of transport for your goods. The speed of delivery and less human intervention also means there is less chance of theft, damage or loss. This is another reason why air freight is usually the mode of choice when high-value goods are concerned.

3 Disadvantages of Air Freight – Guide to Air Freight

1. Cost

With so many advantages, it can’t come as a surprise to find out that air freight is the most costly mode of transport for your international exports. Often, air freight rates are so high that exporters won’t use this service for low-value shipments.

On the other hand, you do benefit from a lower insurance premium and less packaging is required. This means you will save money in other areas. It’s also worth reminding you that the damage risk is reduced so there is less chance you will have to replace or repair damaged cargo.

2. Smaller Carrying Capacity

An aircraft has a limited carrying capacity which means air freight is often not a suitable option for international shippers exporting bulky or voluminous goods. The maximum cargo dimensions for standard air freight are 2.44 x 3.15m.

3. Air Travel is Unpredictable 

Although the airlines provide you with a detailed flight departure and arrival schedule, there are several reasons your cargo could be delayed. To make matters worse, these reasons are often unpredictable and out of anyone’s control.

Air travel can be halted in adverse weather conditions, so it’s best to keep an eye on the forecasts and have a backup option ready in extreme conditions. 

Calculating the Cost of Your Air Freight

Air freight costs are calculated using the weight or volumetric weight (depending on which is larger) of your cargo. To obtain the volumetric weight of your goods, the air shipping rule of thumb is to multiply the item’s volume in cubic metres by 167. 

The costs are seasonal, increasing when demand reaches its peak. The cost will also vary depending on the arrival destination and the distance your air cargo is travelling. For example, air freight costs from China to the USA range from $2.50 to $5.00 per kilogram.

The best way to obtain an accurate quote for your air freight is to measure the dimensions and weight of your cargo and get in touch with our team for a quote. 

Choosing the Right Air Freight Company

Of course, the decision is down to you. Many air freight companies can get your goods to an international destination. The more information you have about a company the easier it will be to make the decision. 

One of the most important factors to take into consideration is experience. The more experience a company has providing air freight services, the smoother the process will be. John Pipe International has over 60 years of experience in the industry. During that time, we have built relationships with all of the major airlines and do our best to get your export on the next available flight.

Looking into an air freight companies experience will also tell you whether they have the skills and expertise required to manage your load. While some exports are simple, others require additional documentation or extra precautions at the packing stage. John Pipe International works closely with the MoD packing and freighting dangerous goods, defence exports and aerospace exports.

Once you understand the service, it’s important to find an air freight company that can handle your project from start to finish. Whether you need a door-to-door service or detailed air freight tracking, our team is here to help. We hope this Guide to Air Freight has helped.

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