It can be difficult enough to keep the transport planning on track in a ‘normal’ summer, but it will be even more challenging this year. Your company is not alone in bracing itself for the upcoming holiday period. What will you do if you suddenly have to ship a complex or oversized consignment while your trusty employees are away on holiday? Who will arrange the transport? What’s the best moment to schedule the shipment? What’s the cheapest option? And what about inbound shipments? This summer, we can temporarily take care of managing your transport orders so that you and your colleagues can enjoy a carefree vacation.
Rising costs and waiting times
After all the upheaval of the past year, employees are in greater need of a break than ever – and many of them don’t care whether they go abroad or stay at home. But everything has changed in the transport sector and the end of the crisis is not yet in sight. That’s why IDS is lending a helping hand this summer. With our support, you can enjoy a carefree vacation without having to worry about your supply chain performance.
The flexibility has all but disappeared in the transport sector over the past year. The pandemic triggered a chain reaction when the lockdowns disrupted production in countries such as China, causing complete supply chains – and especially those that relied on just-in-time deliveries – to grind to a halt. Retail stores were forced to close for extended periods of time, resulting in goods piling up in warehouses and distribution centres. At the same time, e-commerce received a tremendous boost. Today, there is still a drastic shortage of containers, leading to spiralling transport costs and longer lead times – which in some cases have even doubled. All in all, it doesn’t seem like the best time to be taking a holiday, does it?
How can IDS help?
Luckily we’re here to take a weight off your mind by handling your transport orders for you this summer. For example, we can take care of booking the transport with carriers, following up on shipments, and informing your company and your customers about deliveries and any exceptions. We can also handle the financial administration, invoice checking and payments for you – either with our own partners or with your preferred carriers. This will give you chance to recharge your batteries so you can return to work refreshed and reenergized.
Improving delivery reliability
And what about after the summer? It will still be a while until the global transport sector has fully recovered from the pandemic. Perhaps this is a good time to take a closer look at your supply chain from a longer-term perspective. We can help you to identify the vulnerabilities in your supply chain and which measures you could implement to improve your delivery reliability towards customers. And needless to say, we can help you to keep your costs under control.
If you’re keen to find out how we do it, and which concrete benefits we could achieve for your supply chain, feel free to contact our Business Development Manager Arno Spoek: firstname.lastname@example.org.