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The past couple of years have been nothing if not unpredictable. However, if the supply chain roller coaster has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be prepared.
Before the pandemic, seasonal surge was something we could plan for without too much difficulty. But with delays and capacity shortages now becoming the status quo, we can expect the challenges to be amplified. Additionally, the industry-wide labor shortage is a critical concern.
And while none of this is convenient at any time of the year, there are ways to mitigate the damage and stress to ensure peak shipping season goes as well and as smoothly as it possibly can.
Preparing for Peak Shipping Season: Your Action Plan
Here are a few actionable tips to help you weather the peak season.
Be Realistic About Your Budget
Transportation costs have been steadily rising across all modes of transport. Industry insiders predict overseas shipping costs will increase dramatically as demand starts to pick up. Project your cost estimates and budget accordingly to avoid unwelcome surprises. Shop around for competitive rates now before everything gets booked up. The earlier you can book carrier space, the better it will be for your bottom line.
Most delays are beyond your control, but there are ways to control the damage that ensues. By informing your customers in advance and factoring in extra lead times and “delivered by” times, you’ll avoid angry confrontations.
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Do what you can to control whatever is within your power to control. For example, ensuring your warehouse is organized for fast loading and unloading is a good way to optimize your crew’s efforts. Technology is your friend here as the right WMS ensures everyone has the correct information and documentation to do their jobs efficiently.
Consider Alternative Options
Redundancy is the key to the kingdom! If you can use alternate delivery options, like air freight, it gives you some leeway if your preferred method falls short. Freight consolidation and multi-modal transportation are additional options you can consider. Ask your 3PL provider about these options and if they are appropriate for your needs.
How DTS Helps
Working with an experienced 3PL like DTS helps you prepare for the complexities of seasonal surge. We will work closely with you to ensure your shipments comply with domestic and international regulations so you can be confident they will arrive as expected.
Over the past 20 years, we have established strong relationships with carriers in all modes of transport. Our customers rely on us for on-time deliveries and transparent communication, and they know we’ll do whatever it takes to get their cargo to its destination on time. We are more than just another vendor—we partner with our customers to ensure their success, and we’ll do everything possible to ensure satisfaction.
Speak to us today about your seasonal needs. We are a licensed freight forwarder with dedicated expertise in export markets, logistics, crating and packaging, customs, and export documentation, and we’d love to show you how we can help.