The right shipper can help you avoid winter-weather worries

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jan 26, 2016 10:22:18 AM

Preparation is the separation

You can plan for a lot of things in the shipping industry, but you can never completely plan for the weather. That’s why it’s important to be prepared.

This season has been especially chaotic, as we’ve seen the traditional winter wrath extend beyond the cold temperatures in the north. Snow has fallen as far south as Atlanta, and Winter Storm Goliath hammered portions of eastern New Mexico and Western Texas. And then, of course, there was the record-late snowfalls in the Northeast and the flooding of the Lower Mississippi Valley, which damaged at least 7,100 buildings. Odds are your business was affected by one of these storms. When winter weather happens, it can put a crunch on your timelines and jeopardize your reputation for dependability with your customer base.

While this year has been especially problematic, you should consider the weather when formulating shipping plans and prepare accordingly. Taking a wait-and-see approach is not a good strategy. At Choptank Transport, we advise customers to take a proactive approach to their logistics, especially during these difficult winter months. One way to do this is by adjusting your shipping dates. If a big winter storm is expected, try to move your shipping date ahead of the first snowfall. If this can't be done, it’s best to wait on shipping until clean-up is finished.

If neither option works, then constant communication becomes more important than ever. Our team is available 24 hours a day to provide you with timely updates on your shipment. We can monitor your load using Locus Traxx or Macropoint. This allows us to follow where your shipment is as well as its current temperature for refrigerated freight. We also can tell what the weather conditions are like where the truck is traveling. This is always important because even if it’s 75 and sunny by you, the weather may be very different on the road your freight is traveling. We can also alert you to warehouse or road closures, equipment problems and anything else that might be delaying your shipment’s transportation.

We do all of this because we know that while delays may occur, nothing is more important than making sure the driver and cargo arrive at their desired destination safely. To learn more about how Choptank Transport can help you ship in any weather, contact us today.

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