Modern shipping comes with a lot of uncertainty. Unexpected challenges require a shift in priorities and a change in our focus. As we’re headed into peak season, which maxes out operations and capacity, it’s tougher than normal to deal with disruptions and adapt on the fly. While shippers can’t plan for everything, if you optimize transportation management, you’re ready to embrace uncertainty … even during peak season.
Watch our webinar with FreightWaves, to learn how MercuryGate and Amazon Freight are working together to establish a transportation management environment with less uncertainty and better optimization.
Challenges of Peak Season Transportation 2022
During our webinar, we took a quick poll of attendees to find out the biggest challenge they anticipate for this year’s peak holiday season. While last year saw different challenges, this year, our webinar viewers expressed the most concern about:
- Supply chain issues (29%)
- Rates and surcharges (27%)
- Service levels (21.6%)
- Finding capacity (10.8%)
- Other (10.8%)
As we approach peak season, shippers have concerns about high inventory levels for products that sit, low inventory for hot items, and whether they can keep up with eCommerce demand.
The driver situation is another challenge present during this year’s peak season. So, too, is cyber security, as we see large organizations get hacked, which creates downtime and impacts operations. Any kind of downtime during peak season could cause a major problem.
Is your company facing concerns and uncertainties like these? What is your biggest concern as we go into peak season?
Solve Uncertainty During Transportation Peak Season
In essence, many concerns surrounding peak season have to do with uncertainty. Suppliers aren’t sure how their processes could be affected by changing rates, fuel prices, driver issues, and other supply chain disruptions. You can’t control everything, but you can be prepared to adapt to changes. One of the best ways to do that is through technology, including an optimized transportation management system.
At the same time, Amazon invents and invests in technology to always move forward. Our MercuryConnect Partner uses machine learning and algorithms to optimize logistics beyond what people can do. During our webinar, MercuryGate Vice President Hannah McClellan discusses how Amazon improves road safety through tools such as lane departure and collision warnings. Shippers can utilize Amazon’s innovation through its transportation network, and carriers can become part of the network, which includes choosing loads.
- Organic development, our strategic roadmap, and improved functionality to support the first, middle, and final mile.
- Improved visibility into different parts of the supply chain and analytics to help shippers overcome volatility.
- Optimization strategies that allow digital freight providers to become part of the capacity equation, giving shippers more options.
- Process automation that limits manual activities and maximizes resources.
Learn More About Adapting to Challenges Through Technology
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Watch a replay of our entire webinar with Amazon Freight Vice President Hannah McClellan for a more in-depth discussion on these topics. Webinar discussion also highlights ground-breaking sustainability initiatives by measures by Amazon Freight and MercuryGate.