The Four Seasons of Freight Shipping: What You Need to Know

January 7, 2020 by Constantinos Garoufalidis
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The freight shipping industry changes throughout the year. Whether it is shifting economic market conditions like supply and demand or seasonal weather patterns impacting how shipping companies get moving, your supply chain will need to adapt to whatever comes its way as the year goes on. Luckily, we’re here to provide some insight on what to expect for each of the four seasons of freight shipping.

The Holiday Hangover (January – March)

The first quarter of the year is the “quiet time” for many industries and much of the economy. Freight shipping is no different. The volume of freight shipping noticeably declines in the aftermath of the big-money-spending holidays. And the treacherous weather that follows the holiday season makes it very difficult for shipping companies to safely ship freight.

The demand for shipping drastically decreases, carriers find it difficult to fulfill capacity and rates are low. This is the perfect time to recover from the holiday rushes and start getting into the flow of regular freight shipping practices that work for you. There are busier months ahead, so getting your supply chain fully optimized should be the primary goal this season.

Spring Fever (April – July)

The freight shipping industry picks up again during April through July. Carriers can pick up loads easier, rates start to increase, and shippers have a harder time finding the space they need on trucks. The produce industry ramps up its shipping activity with many fruits and veggies being in season. Safely transporting food so it stays fresh is something food businesses prioritize, and there’s an increase in the use of refrigerated freight and expedited shipping services.

Your freight shipping solutions provider, such as FreightCenter, will come in handy here as they can easily identify lanes and affordable rates in this tighter freight market.

Peak Freight Shipping (August-October)

During August through October, the freight shipping industry shifts into full gear with back to school season and the upcoming holidays. This time of year marks the continuation of strong market conditions. Everybody is shipping, and supply chains get a good feel for how well operations are going and what strategy needs to be in place for the upcoming holiday season.

Rates are continuing an upward trend this time of year and freight shipping volume reaches its peak. This is where the most profit is attainable. Your supply chain should be at peak performance for the peak shipping season.

Holiday Shipping Season (November-December)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to ship freight. The season’s promotions cause quick spikes in freight shipping volume and last-minute shipments add to the holiday rush. Carriers for both parcel and freight shipping alike initiate December shipping deadlines. Your shipping solutions provider will be able to keep you up to date on all carrier shipping deadlines during this time of year.

Weather begins to become a factor impacting shipments. Freight terminal closures due to inclement weather and dangerous highway conditions from snow can make it difficult to safely transport freight on time. Always be sure to regularly track the status of your shipment and stay updated on the latest weather alerts.

Our Holiday Shipping Playbook is an all-in-one guide to help you plan every step of your holiday shipping season strategy. It’s never too early to plan for the holidays when it comes to freight. This shipping season is unlike any other during the year!

FreightCenter is Here Year-Round

No matter what time of year it is, FreightCenter is the preferred shipping solutions partner for businesses everywhere. We understand how the industry changes with each season and can empower your supply chain with customized solutions that fit your needs. We’ll handle everything logistics so you can focus on what really matters; running your business.

Get a free quote today or call (800)716-7608 and see how FreightCenter can keep your supply chain running smooth all year long.

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