Holiday Delays & How They Can Hurt Your Supply Chain

As November approaches, so do some of the most observed holidays of the year. It's important to consider how service delays will impact the delivery dates of freight that you might be shipping to customers, or having delivered to you from your suppliers. Many LTL carriers observe Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with complete or partial closures of their networks. This can include trucks, service centers, linehauls and more. In addition, when holidays border weekends, substantial delays can occur. It's important to keep in mind that most automated quoting systems which provide estimated transit time or number of days in transit will not take holiday closures into account. Most carriers have a holiday schedule posted on their websites, so it's important to check for those closures around Thanskgiving and Christmas. Being proactive can help to avoid angry customersand delays in your manufacturing processes.