Planning for logistics peak season requires shippers to tap into and optimize transportation management system integration and utilization.
E-commerce growth and its impact on global and national supply chains cannot be overlooked. In response, service providers work on fine-tuning shipping strategies. As explained by Forbes, e-commerce will likely account for more than 20% of global retail sales by the end of 2022. Along with this growth comes consumers’ increasing expectations and the risk of more disruption.
Understanding the Logistics Peak Season Challenge and Responding to Consumer Demand
Modern supply chain shipping strategies succeed when the most innovative processes and tools work together to meet the industry’s increased demand and pressure.
As noted by a survey within The Logistics of Logistics, most freight forwarders, traders, and shippers expect the 2022 logistics peak season to be more insane than the past two years. The survey also revealed that although many companies arranged for advanced international shipments, they also plan to utilize local spot freight shipping services to address peak season transportation volumes to save time and money.
The survey also found that up to “51% of industry professionals expect the 2022 peak season to be worse than 2021, while 26% say it will be “less chaotic,” and 22% expect about the same level of “chaos” as last year.”
1. Streamline Communications and Collaboration
Logistics peak season shipping strategies depend on solid lines of communication between team members, drivers, and customers. Likewise, collaboration is vital to successfully planning and executing peak season transportation. Without this foundation, all other plans are at risk.
2. Onboard Team Members and Vendors Effectively
Optimizing logistics peak season plans requires team members to be fully trained and knowledgeable about all systems and processes. Every team member, vendor, and 3PL must be on the same page and understand the benefits of automation and technology.
3. Utilize Innovative Tools and Software Options
4. Improve Matching of Carriers and Shipping Loads
5. Embrace Technology and Machine Learning
Machine learning, automation, and artificial intelligence are shaping how shippers approach the delicate balance of logistics peak season operations. Technology and intelligent transportation solutions improve peak season transportation services and meet customer needs.
6. Ensure Proper Use of Real-Time Tracking Options
7. Compile Logistics Data to Learn From Past Peak Season Trends
The final way shippers can improve end-to-end performance and handling of peak season deliveries is to learn from the past. Review prior peak season trends, shortcomings, successes, and failures. From there, implement data-based improvements in your peak season transportation plan and final mile delivery service.