December 14, 2020
While it hasn’t occupied the headlines nearly as much this year, for obvious reasons, the subject of Brexit is attracting attention again this month. Not least for the shipment changes and supply chain headaches that a December 31st, 2020 deadline is posing for brands.
With backlogs forming at British ports and administrative burdens threatening to increase costs in the near-term, shipping to customers in the United Kingdom is already more complicated. Uncertainty over the details of a potential trade deal, or indeed whether a deal can be reached at all this late in the process, continues to make things worse. However, there are some important steps that brands can take to somewhat smooth the road ahead.
Continue reading With Brexit Deadline Looming, Shipment Changes Challenge Brands
September 29, 2020
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for logistics and supply chain professionals this year, even by the dynamic standards of our sector. With physical retail forced into an extended shutdown and online brands scrambling to fill the void, the stage has been set for a very different 2020 peak season.
For starters, eCommerce is set to spike again. From a steady build to 10%-15% of holiday sales over the past five years, a dramatic surge in that market share is expected this year. Analysts predict up to 3x growth in eCommerce ordering for the 2020 peak, over and above the increases in eComm share of holiday retail sales that were anticipated before the pandemic.
Continue reading 3 Ways the 2020 Peak Season Will Be Different
December 7, 2017
Be careful what you wish for… Black Friday can leave you black and blue.
After a Black Friday/Cyber Monday combination that saw record sales and a surge in online ordering, package carriers are once again struggling to keep up. This week UPS confirmed that some deliveries are delayed, with Shipmatrix research estimating an 89% on-time rate for UPS Express package delivery. In contrast, Shipmatrix pegged Brown’s nemesis FedEx at 94%. Continue reading UPS Delivery Delays Start the Holidays Off Unconvincingly
December 23, 2016
This was a challenging year in our industry.
From January’s disruptive winter storms to Hanjin’s summer bankruptcy and the annual struggle to meet holiday delivery deadlines, not many months went by without significant upheaval. It’s enough to have fulfillment managers breathing a sign of relief as we head into a New Year.
Supply chain trends rarely adhere to the calendar, of course. Some of the advancements that we expected in 2016 took longer to develop, while others arrived more quickly than anticipated.
Anticipating what comes next is never easy, but that’s our job and we’re happy to give you the best insights we can as another year comes to a close. Continue reading 6 Supply Chain Trends to Watch For in 2017
December 14, 2016
The weather outside is becoming reliably frightful. Unfortunately, the fire this season sets in the supply chain is far from delightful for many of the players involved in the holiday rush.
The annual challenge to meet surging e-commerce order levels and delivery expectations is not one that comes as a surprise to fulfillment professionals. Online sales break records every year. Carriers and warehouse gear up with more seasonal staff every year. Call it the supply chain equivalent of the Circle of Life.
Despite this predictable pattern, every year we always find headlines announcing delivery delays at the major carriers and operational bottlenecks that threaten to hit on-time rates for yet another holiday season. Continue reading Holiday Surge Stretches Carriers and Storage Options to Breaking Point