When you select your shipping partner, what’s most important to you? If you answered: a strategist who values transparency and friendly, top-notch customer service, you’re in luck! That’s us.
When you partner with yourLTL, you’re selecting a shipping broker that values preparedness, open communication, and strategic planning. We know these values are important to our customers, and they are the core of who we are.
Planning and prepping for summer shipments
It’s finally summertime! And now that the world is starting to move at a typical pace again, we’re ready to help! Here at yourLTL, we’re always looking ahead to what’s on the calendar coming up each month so we can help our customers (you!) prepare for any shipping needs that arise in the coming weeks. Why? Because everyone wins when you’re prepared. Logistics go smoothly, shipments are more affordable, your freight is picked up and arrives on time, and the headache of squeezing last-minute needs into a short timeframe is eliminated. Win-win-win.
June: This month’s a doozy
Sometimes the year goes by in the blink of an eye. And this year has been…well, it’s been an interesting one… but these last few months have been challenging, to say the least. How did we get to June?! It’s mid-year, and there are all kinds of deadlines looming for businesses of all kinds, all over the world. Not only do we have an end-of-month deadline coming up, but it’s also the end of the second quarter of 2020.
Additionally, for some businesses, June marks the end of a fiscal year (EOY). What does EOY typically mean for these companies? They need to finish as strong as possible, i.e.:
- Sell it…
- Ship it…
- Bill it.
Thankfully, we are anticipating our customers’ needs, so we’re ready to help you meet your goals and end the year with a BANG! In a good way, of course.
What about July?
Once you officially close the June books, there’s another big month worth paying extra attention to — July. With the national holiday, summer events, and continued challenges due to coronavirus, everyone should closely examine your shipping plans during this critical month of summer.
July 4th is Independence Day
Just about everything in the U.S. is on pause for the 4th of July holiday. Since it falls right after the end of a quarter and the Fiscal YE for many businesses, there are additional capacity restrictions as a direct result of the timing. The holiday has numerous trickle-down effects on the shipping industry, including:
- There are fewer workdays in the week (and month).
- Many folks take extended vacations during this time.
- This results in fewer hands-on-deck to prepare/fulfill/ship/bill orders.
- Carrier capacity constricts, so additional emphasis on booking shipments is needed to ensure that shipments get picked up as scheduled.
- Last-minute shipments, although important, risk a potential transit delay due to linehaul schedules and the holiday.
The perfect storm — and how to dodge it
You could call the timing of June and July and the potential for delays and mishaps the perfect storm. But the stress of the storm is preventable! If you want to dodge it and avoid hiccups during this time, consider buyer incentives to encourage orders to be placed and/or shipped before the end of the holiday. This way, you’ll avoid the holiday backlog and the headaches that come with not knowing if your shipment will arrive on time. Planning for the peace of mind is worth it!
We’re your shipping broker on a mission
When you need a trusted shipping partner to solve your complex puzzle or simply a partner you know will get the job done, we’re here for you. We are experienced and strategic and use logistics to our advantage to make the shipping magic happen. If you have a question about the best way to transport your shipment, finding out the most affordable option, need special assistance with pickups, or would like to speak with someone about a shipping challenge, give us a call at 855.218.7LTL (7585). We’re ready to help. We’re committed. And we are here to ensure your business success.