Fall – a time where the weather gets cooler, leaves begin to fall and the shipping industry enters into its peak season. The peak season of freight ranges from August to October and consists of higher rates and overall freight volume. This year, the peak shipping season could be tougher than ever before.
This year, a strong economy can lead the peak season of shipping to be busier than ever. The unemployment rate is low and consumer confidence is high, making e-commerce and in-store sales frequency higher than normal. With more sales being made, businesses will have to keep products replenished and inventories monitored to make sure that they are entering into the holiday season fully prepared for a busy shopping season. Major companies, like UPS, have decided to hire hundreds of seasonal employees to help facilitate the Christmas and holiday season e-commerce surge. There are many different ways companies can prepare for the peak season to ensure that all shipping runs smoothly.
If your business is preparing for popular shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it is important to ship items early to account for possible delays. Due to the high volume of shipments, there is the possibility of shipment delays in congested ports, docks and warehouses. Shipping as early as possible gives businesses enough time to ensure goods will arrive in a timely manner.
Consider All Shipping Options
Certain shipping options best fit different companies shipping needs. Small business, for example, can utilize less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping for their shipments to help ensure on-time delivery while helping lower shipping costs. Bigger companies with larger shipping volumes can consider different shipping modes, like intermodal, to help handle their shipments before the holiday season.
Work with a Third-Party Logistics Provider
Working with a third-party logistics provider can help businesses manage their supply chains more effectively during a time when shipments are up. 3PL’s can offer businesses shipping expertise, negotiated rates and a vast carrier network to make their shipping process organized and efficient.
Don’t let the peak season of freight catch your company off guard. Whether you are a small business, carrier or shipping service, it is important to be prepared for the peak season of freight.