If you are shipping internationally, you will want to take note of their holiday dates while New Year’s Day is the same around the world there are many holidays and celebration dates that are different. These additional holidays can disrupt shipping plans.
Be aware of a blackout or modified service holiday delays. Holidays that fall just before or after a weekend will require different departing windows.
Weather can turn on a dime, be aware of weather forecasts. Also, when working with a performance shipping provider they are known for helping their clients plan around the weather.
Less than Truckload (LTL) is a solution to move smaller quantity shipments across North America, which can be more cost-effective than smaller individual shipments. LTL is optimal for companies with in-store fulfillment needs, item returns, and back order shipments that won’t fill an entire 53-foot trailer.
Having a plan in place and preparing ahead for problems will save you headaches and unnecessary stress. Here are some ways to be proactive instead of reactive.
When freight classifications are incorrect, your shipment can incur additional fees or delays.
Calibrate all weight scales. This will avoid reweighs.
Documenting freight with pictures will assist with reclassification in case of mislabeling.
Streamlining loading and unloading will speed up the process and be more effective. Prepare the paperwork before the driver arrives so that the process moves quickly.
Request progressive number stickers from carriers to help speed uploading and organizing of the pallets on the trailer.
Utilize a supply management platform, like Transportation Management System (TMS), so you can maintain visibility on the freight and prepare for the arrival at the receiving facility.
Working with an experienced shipping coordinator will help you with all the details and navigate the unexpected so that your shipment will arrive.
Check with your global logistics provider if they offer a software system as a tool for their clients. With client software, you can get a quote, enter product info and any accessorials, print a bill of lading, and tracking.
Having a plan and executing it even when obstacles occur will ensure that your business’s shipments arrive when they need to this holiday season.