It’s Shipping Season! Top Ways To Prepare For The Holidays
It’s that time of the year again! The holidays will be upon us before we know it. Shopping will be at an all-time high, and most of these purchases will likely be made online. With all of the orders piling through the door over the next few months, businesses need to prepare a shipping plan to get their goods delivered in time for the holiday season.
We’ve compiled a few tips to help you prepare for the holidays and the 2020 holiday shipping season.
Know Your Consumer Base
It’s essential to keep a hefty stock of all of your products during the holiday season, and you’ll want to make sure you’re stocking the most in-demand items. You’ll also want to know what your customers prefer when it comes to shipping their favorite items. Free shipping, shipping under three days for a low cost, and free returns are just a few examples of how to please your customers.
It’s also essential to stock up on shipping supplies, including those used to ship specialty items. For example, having enough packing peanuts, packaging airbags, and other supplies that you may need to ship fragile items is crucial. The holidays are also a popular time for gift wrapping. Whatever the case may be, be sure to stock up on shipping necessities for all areas of your business.
Prepare Your Logistics Team
The holidays require all-hands-on-deck for most industries, and the logistics team is no exception. To ensure that all packages make it on the appropriate trucks and out to the correct delivery locations, all other departments must have clear communication with the logistics team.
Everyone must work together to approximate how many supplies will be needed, how many freight trucks, pickups, and deliveries there will be, and more.
Additionally, unpredictable winter weather may lead to road closures and other unfortunate events, so giving your driver’s extra time is always a great idea. Everyone wants to provide the fastest shipping times, but sometimes that’s not an easy option. Having a time buffer will keep everyone’s minds at ease and help keep your customers happy.
Prepare for COVID-19 Delays
With the COVID-19 pandemic still looming, it is also essential to be aware of any shipping delays that may occur. Several shopping holidays are approaching, and due to social distancing, most of this shopping will be done online. Be sure to prepare for a boom in e-commerce sales, and get ahead on shipping changes.