PREPARING YOUR

SUPPLY CHAIN

FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

 It’s that time of year again where we get to enjoy a month where we can’t go a day without somehow consuming something frightfully unhealthy, but we excuse ourselves as it is the reward for all the hard work to bring the year to a satisfying close. It is also the time of year where there is a hectic seasonal rush of buying food, presents and just about everything else, leading to a giant swell of moving goods in general. This can cause unwanted interruptions to your supply chain movement and will be something you always want to plan for. The decision to ignore the calories consumed and the unavoidable extra few inches added to the waistline is an unchangeable age-old tradition cemented in time, however the season rush is something that can be prepared for, and here are a few tips to help settle those worries so you can simply enjoy this time of year.

Avoid leaving anything necessary to the last minute. The UK is currently going through an ongoing, albeit improving, haulage crisis that is only exacerbated by the seasonal period. The shortage of HGV drivers, and thus HGV vehicles, makes the finite nature of space available all the more prevalent and planning well in advance is about the best starting point you can have. That also goes with any delivery instructions or special requirements regarding any shipment and movement of goods. The more notice given, the more that every party involved can plan around and accommodate those requests accordingly. Zero-hour changes will more often than not lead to unwelcome outcomes, and though sometimes these changes are necessary and unavoidable (we will plan with you to keep everything on track) the more of these we can avoid, the better.

Avoid leaving anything necessary to the last minute. The UK is currently going through an ongoing, albeit improving, haulage crisis that is only exacerbated by the seasonal period. The shortage of HGV drivers, and thus HGV vehicles, makes the finite nature of space available all the more prevalent and planning well in advance is about the best starting point you can have. That also goes with any delivery instructions or special requirements regarding any shipment and movement of goods. The more notice given, the more that every party involved can plan around and accommodate those requests accordingly. Zero-hour changes will more often than not lead to unwelcome outcomes, and though sometimes these changes are necessary and unavoidable (we will plan with you to keep everything on track) the more of these we can avoid, the better.

Be as flexible as possible. Making allowances for small changes and hiccups will make keeping your supply change, your movement of cargo, as fluid as possible. In the run up to Christmas the roads become exponentially busier and harder to drive on, leading to unfortunate traffic accidents and traffic holdups. This can result to an unavoidable delay in a delivery, however it would still be advisable to accept a delivery that is running 2 hours late rather than requesting the delivery be rescheduled for another day, particularly considering the aforementioned UK haulage situation.

Prepare for the uncontrollable worst. We all like to control every facet of supply chain management, but there are some situations that simply no one can control. The biggest culprit is weather, and it does not take an awful lot of change in weather in the UK to bring things to a grinding halt. So, with the colder season in hand, its always best to assume that something is around the corner that will affect Sea Voyages and Road Haulage. Wherever we foresee such situations on the potential horizon, we will advise and plan around accordingly to help minimise the impact it will have on yourselves. It also worth keeping in mind that bad weather is not considered to be anyone’s fault, and as such when it comes to ports and shipping lines, they will charge demurrage and rent if your delivery has not taken place due to bad weather at the port or terminal as it is considered “an act of god”.

Prepare for the uncontrollable worst. We all like to control every facet of supply chain management, but there are some situations that simply no one can control. The biggest culprit is weather, and it does not take an awful lot of change in weather in the UK to bring things to a grinding halt. So, with the colder season in hand, its always best to assume that something is around the corner that will affect Sea Voyages and Road Haulage. Wherever we foresee such situations on the potential horizon, we will advise and plan around accordingly to help minimise the impact it will have on yourselves. It also worth keeping in mind that bad weather is not considered to be anyone’s fault, and as such when it comes to ports and shipping lines, they will charge demurrage and rent if your delivery has not taken place due to bad weather at the port or terminal as it is considered “an act of god”.

If you would like to discuss managing your freight forwarding needs during the chaotic scenarios that the festive season can bring then do not hesitate to contact us. We can help remove the “chaos”, letting you sit back with a hot cup of cocoa and relax.

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