Logistics Providers Anticipate Another Busy Peak Season
by Maureen Perroni, on August 10, 2017
"Peak season." Those are the words that define the logistics industry today. That part of the calendar when shipping is at its highest volume of the year acts as a sort of upper bound on what companies have to prepare for and achieve. New benchmarks of speed, productivity and customer convenience are constantly being revised upward, and it's time for logistics providers to get set for peak season 2017.
Projecting autumn activity
The e-commerce age has shifted the dynamics of peak season, but not the general idea. With consumers entering holiday shopping mode and companies looking to finish the year with positive numbers in their ledgers, activity ramps up. According to Logistics Management, early indications for 2017 point to yet another brisk season for shipping, bolstered by direct business-to-consumer sales carried out online. While overall economic metrics are mixed, more sales-centric data remains promising.
Logistics Management noted that the future prospects of peak season are uncertain and worth watching. Pitt Ohio President Chuck Hammel explained that for carriers, seasons are less defined by peaks and valleys than they once were. As for other logistics providers, however, they told the news provider that they expect to be even busier during late 2017 than in the same time frame last year.
PYMNTS noted that companies are brining in more employees to deal with shipping and logistics. The site pointed to Wall Street Journal data that indicates peak season hiring has already begun, with the heart of this year's commercial frenzy still three months in the future. This shows the importance of being ready for any challenges that present themselves.
Technology investments are part of the puzzle for companies that want to be ready to handle the peak intensity of e-commerce-dominated logistics. Companies that centralize and automate their labeling solutions can see efficiency increases that will keep their systems running even as the amount and complexity of orders grows.
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