Freight Shipping: Peak Season Shipping Tips

Historically, this is the time the freight shipping industry is hitting its traditional peak season, which starts in September, kicks into high gear in October and winds down during the first week of November. Peak season means there is much more freight available to carriers, who can be selective in getting the right freight and right price for their loads. Most of peak season is caused by manufacturers wanting their products in stores to supplement holiday inventory, however other industries simply have high freight needs during the fall.

Current national survey data shows that manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are generally carrying fewer inventories going into this fall, meaning the potential for demand surprises are high. Though concerns about the economy may exist, speculation among the freight industry is that we will still have a strong peak season.

Peak Season Shipping Tips

Plan Ahead. With manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers all needing to ship during peak season capacity can be a concern. The more advance notice a shipper can provide will ensure carrier availability and a successful shipment, resulting in less stress.

Consider multiple vendors vs. single source. While relying on one provider can provide a seamless shipping process, it also limits options and contingencies. Using multiple carriers provides for more options, especially if the manufacturing line is behind or there are other unforeseen challenges. Multiple carriers may also allow for better transit options in certain areas.

Don’t forget Cyber Monday. Most of the traditional peak freight is built around retail’s biggest day – Black Friday, which is the Friday after Thanksgiving, but they neglect Cyber Monday. More consumers continue to buy products online so make sure to provide for cyber customers by considering fulfillment, or 3rd party warehousing as part of your supply chain.

How Freightquote Helps During Peak Season

Offering multiple carriers. Our system allows you to optimize a carrier by shipping lane. Not only will you know you are getting the most competitive rate, but you can also make sure carriers are moving your freight efficiently.

Product Rollout. This is the season that manufacturers and electronics companies introduce holiday products. Use us and take advantage of our bid project software for a turnkey solution to deliver your new products. This customized software allows you to leverage all the Freightquote carriers to give you the best possible price for your project shipments.

Giving you quality customer service. Our customer service is staffed from 7a.m. to 7p.m. central time during peak season to get you the answers you need.

Extending special services. Discussing your peak season shipping demands with a Freightquote Account Manager will allow us to utilize other services to ensure a successful shipping season. Expedited and window deliveries are examples of products our team can arrange.

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Freight Solutions for e-commerce with Freightquote

For 10 years now, business experts have debated the value of brick-and-mortar stores vs. online only sales outlets. Will physical stores survive or be outpaced and replaced by low-overhead e-commerce sites?  Will the Amazon and eBay business models change the face of American (and international) retail and wholesale? Even after 10 years, the answers aren’t black and white.

Ultimately, yes, Amazon and eBay have changed the way America does business. And some brick-and-mortar stores have certainly fallen by the wayside due to internet competition. Others though thrive by maintaining both regular and internet storefronts.

Consumers have become more and more comfortable with the idea of purchasing goods online. Thousand, or even millions, of businesses operate solely through an online outlet. No storefront to welcome local customers and to enable them to inspect and touch the items for sale. This is increasingly not a problem for today’s consumers who have been trained to ask the right questions, demand liberal return policies and look for indicia of security like VeraSign and other consumer protection programs.

Another indicia of security (as it relates to getting the goods from Point A to Point B) is an online retailer’s (or wholesaler’s) use of an integrated freight calculator provided by Freightquote.com.

For businesses that sell heavy items like furniture or engines, large volume items or anything weighing over about 150 pounds on the internet, an automated, integrated freight solution will be key to keeping transactions simple and efficient. The Freightquote application can be integrated into many different e-commerce platforms and used seamlessly with a company’s online sales system.

Buyers can input delivery information for a spot-on cost estimate. Sellers can use the system to accurately quote freight shipments from some of the country’s top national and regional LTL and truckload carriers. Specialty shipments including those needing flatbed or refrigerated trailers can even be handled through Freightquote’s integrated e-commerce freight solution.

Shipments can be scheduled and tracked via this same system. By even paying online, the entire shipping process is automated. And an easy transaction start-to-finish makes for a much more satisfied (and frequent) customer.

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