Peak shipping season is one of the most important times of the year for the logistics industry. Peak shipping season begins in mid-August and moves full speed until around Thanksgiving.
You want your logistics company to be prepared for the upcoming rush so you can keep customers happy.
Here’s a look at what you can do to keep your reputation booming during the most important season of the year.
Tips for Peak Shipping Season Success
Peak shipping season sees increased shipping demand across numerous markets. Here are ways your team can best prepare to be a powerhouse before the season’s needs strike.
Start Communicating With Transportation Partners Early
The transportation and logistics industries are deeply connected to each other. So, if you know the rush is coming your way, expect your transportation connections to also have a rush ahead of them.
There is no such thing as over-communicating with your transportation partners. The sooner you can get organized and let your partners know about your freight needs the better. Planning ahead in this way can:
- Grant you more affordable shipping rates
- Better carriers
- Flexible delivery times
- An efficient transportation process
Look Towards Intermodal Shipping
Intermodal transportation means that your products are moved through two or more means of transportation. Intermodal transportation increases efficiency and makes travel a seamless process for your freight.
Intermodal transportation is typically a lower-cost transportation service. However, all of your logistics competitors also know this, so planning your intermodal shipping well in advance can help you secure coveted spots during the end of the summer and fall rush.
Use a Logistics Team to Manage Rates
It can be hard to find a shipping company with the lowest rates on your own. Fortunately, with the help of a logistics company like GFS Logistics, you can utilize their state-of-the-art technology to properly manage rates and ensure your freight is shipped at the right price and on the fastest route.
At GFS Logistics, we strive to provide this service to all of our clients and guarantee efficient affordable shipping with every product.
Hire Seasonal Workers
Your supply chain team may need a few more hands-on-deck during the peak season. Right now is the perfect time to start putting out job postings and hiring eager workers that can help you push your logistics practices forward during the seasonal rush.
Double-Check Your Volume Forecasting
Finally, before you start making massive shipping plans and hiring more employees, make sure you double-check your product’s forecasting. The last thing you want your company to face is too much or too little product on your hands during a seasonal rush.
Either way, your brand loses money in rush orders or warehousing costs. Stay ahead of the game and stay prepared with the help of your logistics team’s WMS technology which should track all necessary forecasting for your industry.
Plan Ahead for 2022’s Rush With GFS Logistics
If you need help planning ahead for peak season this year, GFS Logistics can help. We work with national brands and help them ensure that their products are packed, sorted, shipped, and delivered on time and on budget.
Let us help you find the best transportation routes possible and give you the logistics team you deserve for this time of the year.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and how to become a member of the GFS Logistics family.