Fall – a time where students go back to school, leaves begin to fall and temperatures start to drop as the holiday season rapidly approaches. In the shipping industry, the fall is a time where shipments start to pick up as freight enters into its peak season.
From the end of summer, all the way to October is known to be the peak season of freight. This time is typically when businesses participate in sales and consumers begin to plan for the holiday season. With that being said, it is important for businesses to stay on top of their game during this time of year. Peak freight season where truck demand is high and capacity is tight, therefore, businesses will need to stay vigilant. We have put together a few tips to help you survive the peak freight season this year.
Put Systems in Place to Avoid Potential Communication Issues
Considering the many moving parts in your transportation supply chain, communication is important to make sure everything is being processed correctly. Too often, a simple delay arises from confusion between shippers and their consignees over expectations and timelines. One way to prevent these problems before they start is to take action now. Make sure you add asynchronous communication channels to your transportation systems.
Stay ahead of your shipments
Be proactive about your shipments and create a plan to follow if something goes wrong. Whenever you are shipping your items, you should provide as much lead time as possible. The more lead time you provide, the more cost-effective your shipment can be. Ship your items in advance and give your shipment plenty of time to get to its destination. This will give your company an advantage against other companies that are scrambling to get their shipments out.
Do your research
Stay up to date on daily, monthly and annual freight indexes to understand different market fluctuations and pricing trends. Peak season is a time where rates increase and fees are common. Being aware of what the different trends are in the industry will help you stay ahead and find the best option for your shipments.
Expedite Your Loading Times
Previous to the advent of the digital age, shippers could base their choices on carriers’ past performance and reliability. One way they can ensure that their supply chain is of a high quality and safe is to know the providers of the transportation services.
With advances in today’s online technologies, trucking companies can grade shippers in the same way. It should be noted that shippers with delayed loading and offloading processes will sometimes be flagged on transportation databases. Truckers are only able to stay active for 14 hours in a 24-hour period. So, extended loading times are highly detrimental to their clocks. This makes shippers that routinely boast loading times of over two hours less appealing to truck drivers seeking to optimize their on-duty hours.
If shippers have strict, narrow delivery times, this can cause problems for carriers and increase the amount of dwell time waiting for gates to open to make the delivery. Consider nights or weekend deliveries for your shipments so that more drivers are available and loading docks are less congested. If you are new to the shipping industry and need help surviving the peak season, GoShip.com is here to help. Get a quote on our website today to see how we can help make your shipping process easy and affordable.