Planning for Logistics at Christmas
The time is coming, Christmas is on its way and everyone knows how important it is to plan and prepare for one of the busiest times of the year. No one knows that quite like the logistics industry!
As retail demand grows significantly year upon year, this sector is presented with even more challenges that need to be tackled directly otherwise it will have a serious knock-on effect. Do you rely on importing and exporting goods across parts of the world? Then, here are some considerations for how to plan ahead for the festive period.
Logistics: What You Need to Think About This Christmas
Constant Growing Demand
It is essential that you have a proactive strategy rather than a reactive strategy when it comes to planning for Christmas. No year is the same and demand is consistently growing annually, so you can never properly prepare if you are using the previous year as a benchmark.
By all means, use it to assess your strengths and weaknesses as a team to help you improve but practise for an even higher demand. An increase in shipping volumes means the communication between your team and your logistics company needs to be efficient and reliable.
Organisation of Shipments
Expert planning of your shipments this Christmas means making sure you work together with your logistics company to get these organised as soon as possible so you can guarantee on-time delivery. Last minute delivery is not an option as the number of other businesses importing and exporting in the run up to Christmas is overwhelming.
Booking in advance will give you peace of mind that deadlines will be efficiently met.
You don’t want your stock to miss their place on a shipment, getting your goods to their destination way ahead of schedule is better than it being late and out of time.
Strong Supply Chain Relationships
It’s all about working together as a team during this festive period. This busy and stressful time can be put at ease quite quickly when you collaborate with other members of the supply chain. Tight deadlines or speedy delivery can be seamlessly achieved by efficient communication between different contacts.
At Portman Logistics, we have over 30 years’ experience within the container logistics and haulage industry and have helped our clients tackle the Christmas season every year. Our expertise and strong supply chain relationships work hand-in-hand to ensure that our customers deliveries always arrive on time and as stress-free as possible.
Choose a logistics company that you can rely on by coming to us today. Contact us for more information on how we can help you this Christmas.