With the 2015 holiday season upon us, it’s no wonder that many manufacturers and retailers began planning ahead for expected increases in product demand and the inevitable supply chain challenges inherent to achieving on time delivery.
Retail sales in the United States for the 2014 holiday season increased 4 percent over the previous year to $616.1 billion according to the National Retail Federation.
As a result, more than half of retailers surveyed began their holiday planning in June or earlier.
Manufacturers and retailers are particularly vulnerable to shipping delays at this time of year when meeting retail supply deadlines is critical. Supply chain disruptions can manifest in the form of traffic and port congestion, border crossing delays and customs clearance issues.
More and more companies are realizing the benefits of outsourcing their transportation management to third-party logistics professionals who can draw upon years of transportation industry experience and an extensive network of industry contacts to form strategic partnerships with manufacturers and retailers in order to meet increased supply chain demands at this time of year.
Transportation brokers can help reduce costs and streamline a company’s supply chain through identifying inefficiencies in freight management and through a system of integrated logistics that leverages predictive analysis and technological innovations in communication and cargo tracking to reduce shipping delays.
Through a program of integrated logistics that includes predictive analysis of historical patterns in shipping delays due to weather and patterns in equipment availability, a third-party transportation manager can implement the most effective shipping strategy to ensure that your company achieves consistent on time delivery of product resulting in better value and optimal supply chain efficiency.
Skyfer Logistic is strategically positioned to manage all of your shipping needs across multiple modes of transportation including road, rail, air and sea cargo.