The issue of peak season performance remains a critical concern for supply chain professionals. With the 2019 shipping peak season in the rearview mirror, shippers witnessed peak season sales break all prior records. What’s more, customer demands for faster, more affordable, and more efficient shipping continue to increase. The problem for retailers continues throughout the supplier supply chain, and inbound retail shipping forms a major challenge for effective inventory management and meeting the needs and expectations of customers. However, a diverse carrier-supplier pool, or more simply, “supplier for this discussion,” such as a manufacturer that uses its own fleet to deliver freight, can make all the difference in determining success throughout peak season and beyond.
What’s Wrong With Existing Carrier-Supplier Pools During Peak Season?
Diversity Enhances Inbound Retail Shipping
How to Leverage a Larger Supplier Pool to Prepare and Respond to Changes in Peak Season
- Stop managing inbound logistics with manual processes like spreadsheets, faxes, and email to procure carrier suppliers.
- Deploy a TMS with a dedicated carrier supplier pool that effectively outsources the management of carrier scheduling, reordering, and other tasks to the actual carriers.
- Use advanced analytics to understand demand and better manage inventory.
- Manage by exceptions using a TMS that provides automated exception management.