Traditionally in shipping, July and August and then in October (with a September break) has been referred to as “peak season” for moving shipments of items. Of course this traditionally applies to shipments of retail items but can apply to many other items as well. Also traditionally, this refers to items coming in to west coast ports for distribution throughout the country in time for holiday shopping. If this applies to you, are you ready? Or do you have a “peak season”
In an article from Logistics Management online, stakeholders spend time discussing whether there is even a “peak season” and if so, how is shipping looking for that time which is upon us according to traditional models. The general answer is that those invlved are cautiously optimistic about this year’s peak shipping seasons and how it will grow their businesses. That’s because orders and inventories are up over last year though only slightly. The better indicators are that arrivals at ports, and output of manufacturers goods here in teh U.S., are both up in recent months. So when that activity is up it can only bode well for shippers.
That said, traditional brick and mortar retailers are going online trying to compete with the likes of Amazon. They continue to try but haven’t quite found a strategy yet to overcome the widening sales gap in favor of online retailers.
All that said, are your shipments picking up to keep your trailers on the road? If you are in that space chances are your sales should be increasing. However, there seems to be a major uptick in manufactured goods domestically so if business-to-business is your space hopefully you are seeing a lot of activity. We are, as of this writing, seeing a lot of flatbeds moving to new owners so they are harder to come by. As a result, drivers and Owner-operators are turning to dropdecks to fill the void. You can see our current trailer inventory here.
The full text of the article is below, but activity has really picked up and is hopefully heading your way.