Even though winter is almost over, the record snow levels are indicators that alternative shipping solutions should be considered.
Here are some weather emergency strategies:
- Switch from air to ground shipment. Planes may be grounded before, during, and after a storm. Ground crews generally stay the course.
- Next-day and second-day ground service may also lower your shipping costs as compared with overnight or two-day air freight.
- Read the fine print. Late packages mean additional costs incurred by parcel companies. Avoiding late package delivery means parcel companies may incur more costs to expand their networks. Those costs are passed on to someone. It is wise to be leery of seasonal price adjustments and don’t be afraid to negotiate your contracts. Be sure you understand the small print on accessorial charges, dim costs, and contingencies.