Starting in mid-August and stretching through October, fall is known as the busiest time of the year for shippers and retailers. During this time, the peak Milwaukee shipping season 2019 starts. During the peak season of freight, the demand grows and supply lowers, which causes:
- tight capacity
- high freight rates
- headache for the retail and logistics industry
However, it happens every year, and companies have to breakthrough.
Why is peak Milwaukee shipping season 2019 so important?
The main reason for the busy period that starts every summer is the demand for products. Respectively, high demand is caused by the dangerously close holiday season. Starting in the early fall with the ‘back-to-school’ season, and lasting through Black Friday, the holiday shopping season is much closer for retailers than for buyers. Before the craziness begins, each company wants its products ready for the shelf as early as possible.
There are many different ways companies can prepare for the peak season to ensure that all shipping runs smoothly.
If your business is preparing for popular shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it is important to ship items early to account for possible delays. Due to the high volume of shipments, there is the possibility of shipment delays in congested ports, docks and warehouses. Shipping as early as possible gives businesses enough time to ensure goods will arrive in a timely manner.
Consider All Shipping Options
Certain shipping options best fit different companies shipping needs. Small business, for example, can utilize less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping for their shipments to help ensure on-time delivery while helping lower shipping costs. Bigger companies with larger shipping volumes can consider different shipping modes, like intermodal, to help handle their shipments before the holiday season.
- Air: Book 6-7 days in advance of the Cargo Ready Date (CRD).
- Ocean FCL: Book 3-4 weeks in advance of the CRD.
- LCL: Note that transit time for LCL shipments will be 7-10 days longer than an FCL shipment.
- Avoid shipping 45’ HC containers, if possible — these are more likely to be rolled.
- Ports and warehouses will be extremely congested — expect more time to load/unload at origin and destination.
Partnering With a Milwaukee 3PL – Third Party Logistics Company
Finding a trusted partner who understands peak season importing and your business intimately as well as deliver creative solutions to your retail problems is just the first step. A 3PL solution is an essential pillar of peak season planning. A logistics partner who can harness their network to manage your stock at origin and process it to store level to ensure deliveries at destination run like clockwork is key to optimizing operations for your peak retail period.
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