How the Holidays Affect Your Supply Chain
First of all, we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! We sincerely appreciate your business, and want to use this blog post to inform you of what the holiday season means for your company in regards to your supply chain.
One important thing to be aware of is that many trucking companies will be closed or operating with a skeleton crew on Friday, December 23rd. Even though some carriers will be open and taking pickups, December 23rd is still considered a service holiday. This means that Friday does not count as a transit day. PNG Logistics and the majority of the trucking companies will be closed on Monday December 26th, which means that this also will not count as a transit day.
The month of December is a busy time for many in the supply chain and domestic and international logistics business. Containers filled with everything from clothing to tech toys have been entering US ports. The holiday season affects businesses of all industries. For retailers, December means strained inventory demands and critical orders that must arrive on time. Delays severely impact pricing on goods. An example, of significant delays and pricing increases is the current flooding in the Pacific that has caused import pricing and the cost of certain commobities to rise dramatically in the last few days.
For manufacturers, the month of December means that there is an uptick in shipments as their customers scramble to snatch up any large commercial purchases and tax write offs. To make things even trickier, some businesses shut down for several hours or several days to perform inventory. Some businesses also perform systems upgrades and maintenance so all necessary data may not be readily available.
Capacity and availability are tight in the last few weeks of December as the shortage of drivers and equipment is still felt from the recent recession. Full truckload drivers are looking to get loads bringing them back to home for the holidays. Less than truckload carriers will have their hands full as they try to make pickups and deliveries on time without extra equipment available.
The holidays are a chaotic time for everyone, and the key to supply chain success around the Holidays is communication and proper planning! We have worked very hard to understand your needs and since every shipment we process is handled by a logistics expert we take care of all the planning for you. VIP (VENDOR INBOUND PROGRAM) clients can rest assured that their freight arrives in time. Customers on the MyPNGLC® platform have all their shipment information available to them 24/7 from anywhere in the world safe and secure in the cloud.
We value the relationships we have with our customers, and we look forward to working with you in the New Year! If your shipping department is facing a problem, let us know so that we can help navigate you through it.
Have international shipments? We can help with those as well!
Head to PNG Worldwide for more information!