The peak season is here and for businesses, this is a much-awaited time of year. The influx of orders during this time is high and there is a greater chance to sell more and earn more revenue. However, along with the positive effects of the peak season are the challenges for businesses to keep up with peak season delivery.
Successful and timely shipping are key factors to consider in peak season delivery. While this may be challenging for businesses, there are ways to ensure that you will be prepared for peak-season shipping.
When is the peak season for shipping?
For businesses, peak season usually refers to the fourth quarter of the year. From October to December, order volumes increase and as a result, shipment volumes also spike. Also known as the holiday shipping season, companies face the challenge of making products available and ensuring timely order fulfillment.
A disruption in the supply chain is possible during peak season. However, with the right preparations, the challenges of peak season delivery can be overcome.
Peak Season Delivery Tips
Peak-season shipping conflicts may arise without proper planning. Anticipate changes in processes since the influx of orders is high during this time. Expect congestion in warehouses and ports so it may take longer time to load and unload your parcels both at the origin and destination. You may also need to prepare extra fees as peak season shipping fees may be higher.
Take note of the changes in transit times.
Transit times may be different during peak season so you have to consider that when planning. Book in advance. Add a few days’ allowances to your regular delivery bookings. Usually for air freight services, 6-7 days advance booking would be needed while it may need 7-10 days advance booking for LCL shipping and 3-4 weeks advance booking for FCL shipping.
Manage customer expectations.
This is a time when it is important to ensure that customers’ expectations are properly managed. As delivery times may be slower than the regular season, you should be proactive in informing them about this. As you prepare for a steady supply of your products, you should also make it a point to send out an announcement to your customers about possible delays. Post a message about it on your website or social media channels.
Partner with a dependable courier company.
Peak season shipping would be more spontaneous if you are backed up by a dependable courier company or logistics provider. Take advantage of the benefits that come with this type of partnership. With the right courier company, you’ll get the assistance you need. They will take responsibility for accomplishing tasks and exert more effort to meet expectations for the sake of your business.
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Peak season shipping requires modifications to your usual processes to keep up with the demands of the season, especially for businesses. It is a busy time of the year and with the right strategies in place, it can easily be a profitable season too. Take note of the above-mentioned tips to ensure that your business will be on the right track.
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