JERICHO, NY - September 8, 2009 – Shipment consolidation, distribution center bypass and schedule flexibility are among the logistics tips that Purolator USA is promoting as keys to surviving the upcoming holiday shipping season. The post-Labor Day period marks the unofficial ramp up for the holiday shipping season, with businesses nationwide making decisions about their transportation logistics.
Purolator USA, a leading provider of cross border logistics has specific recommendations for businesses that have significant customer bases in Canada. “Holiday shipping can be a trying time for any business,” says Purolator USA Director of Sales John Jensen. “But businesses that need to reach their customers in Canada must also contend with the border clearance process, and also ensure that their U.S.-based logistics provider has a distribution network throughout Canada.
“Unfortunately,” Jensen added, “too many businesses find out the hard way, when their shipments arrive after December 25, that they should have asked some hard questions before signing on with a particular carrier.”
Among the tips that Purolator has suggested to help facilitate holiday logistics:
*Consolidation. Consolidation can help manage costs and save time. Through the consolidation process, smaller shipments are combined into a single larger shipment. That single shipment moves through the Canadian border clearance process as a single transaction. Once cleared for entry into Canada, the larger shipment is broken down and fed into Purolator’s extensive Canadian distribution network.
*Avoid unnecessary delays and stopovers. Businesses that scramble to meet their holiday shipping deadlines are often disheartened to know that, once loaded onto their shipper’s truck, packages can sit idle for days, waiting for the next link in the supply chain. Canada-bound shipments are particularly prone to time consuming and costly distribution center stopovers, since most U.S. logistics providers do not have networks or assets in Canada to ensure an uninterrupted delivery schedule. Purolator USA is able to offer distribution center bypass (DC Bypass) options for most Canada-bound shipments. This is because of Purolator’s extensive delivery network in Canada, which allows for seamless deliveries to even the most remote regions of the country. DC bypass can eliminate as much as 7-14 days from a shipping schedule.
*Use an experienced logistics provider. Cross border logistics involves a high degree of expertise about the U.S. and Canadian border clearance processes. Each government operates “preferred shipping” programs designed to facilitate the clearance process for known shippers that meet certain requirements. Equally important, a qualified cross border provider will have a network in place in Canada, to ensure that goods meet their critical holiday deadlines.
*Faster is not always better. While it’s difficult to avoid the need for last minute rush deliveries, most holiday shipments can be transported via less expensive service options. Many businesses can cut costs simply by rethinking shipping options. Does a package really require express air service, or can it arrive a few days later at a considerable cost savings?
*Partner with your logistics provider. Many transportation managers make the mistake of thinking that they are “locked in” to a specific delivery calendar or pricing package, and plan their holiday shipping schedule around their logistics provider. In fact, a good logistics provider will work around their customers’ needs. For example, Purolator USA sales professionals work with each customer to (a) understand the unique needs of that customer; (b) develop a customized plan that meets those needs; and (c) maintain a high degree of flexibility so that when the unexpected happens, the problem can be quickly resolved without any major impact to the delivery schedule.
*Plan for Post-Holiday Returns. The average business will see as much as seven percent of its gross sales come back during the post-holiday returns season. Smart businesses are turning their returned goods into profit centers by offering them for resale in the secondary outlet or refurbished markets. An experienced logistics provider will offer options to their customers for handling returns. Purolator USA is able to offer customers comprehensive returns management services, including the transportation of returned goods back to the U.S.
Any business interested in exploring their holiday shipping options can contact Purolator USA at 1-888-511-4811, or visit www.purolatorusa.com.
About Purolator USA
Purolator USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Purolator Courier Ltd, Canada’s leading overnight courier company. Purolator USA specializes in the air and surface forwarding of small packages and freight shipments, customs brokerage and delivery to, from and within the North American market.
Purolator USA has doubled the size of its U.S. office network during the past 18 months, with branches or gateways now operating in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia and Raleigh/Durham and New York.