If you’ve been outside lately, you’ve probably noticed the change in weather. The sun is up earlier, the temperatures are climbing, and the fields are starting to sprout with corn. Summer is officially here, and that means a plethora of delicious produce and outdoor activity for you-but what does it mean for the shipping industry?
Prepare for Produce Season Impact
The reality of the freight shipping industry is that capacity is limited. There are only so many trucks available, and only so many drivers certified to operate them. When they are in peak demand from April-August, there is massive competition between companies to guarantee their product can be transported.
Pre-emptively plan your shipments (if you can) and contact contractors to work with you as soon as possible. This will save you headaches in the long run.
If you’re in the heat of the season and realize you’ve under planned, don’t panic! There are still ways to make sure everything gets to where it needs to be.
The best option is to remain flexible. While contractors and carriers may not have a truck available on the day you want it, they may have one ready to go the day before or after. Remaining flexible on deadlines is the key to making sure your product gets to where it needs to go, albeit you have to adjust your deadlines.
Find Me A Truck- STAT
In a pinch, if you can’t find a truck through a brokerage, or simply don’t want to, Load Boards can be a lifesaver. Load Boards are boards that you can post your shipment on, that those with available capacity can “reverse bid” on.
This can be particularly advantageous if you’re in a popular market, as carriers can “backhaul” back to you, and essentially kill two birds with one stone in the scenario.
Stop Stressing, Start Preparing
While you may be in the thick of capacity crunch now, you can break the rut and plan better for next season. Reaching out to brokers and firms, like Vestra, can help you plan out your shipments will save you time, money and much stress. Contact us today to see how we can help you.