The unpredictability of weather can be a nightmare for any freight transport professional. If you are shipping freight and haven’t been bitten by a weather-related delay, you are extremely lucky!
There is no surefire way to completely eliminate the risks of bad weather delaying deliveries, but you can reduce the probability of being hit hard by it. You need to have strategies in place to tackle these situations when they arise.
So, here we’ve listed some ways that can help you tackle weather-delayed delivery in freight transport:
1. Choose the Right Season
When it comes to the weather, there are two types of seasons: “bad” and “worse.” But if you’re able to plan ahead and avoid setting your delivery date during one of these periods, your chances of having to deal with a delayed delivery go down significantly.
- The monsoon season is generally the worst time to ship freight in India. This is caused by heavy rains that can lead to flooding and landslides—not ideal for freight transport, for example, shipping products like electronics or other fragile goods that may get damaged in transit due to moisture exposure. If at all possible, avoid this time altogether by planning your shipments during other times of year that aren’t as volatile or risky for deliveries.
- Winter is another season where weather delays are common—and not just because of extreme temperatures! Colder temperatures mean roads become slippery and icy more quickly than they would during warmer months (think about how much faster ice forms on a frozen lake in January versus July). Plus there’s also increased risk for snowfall here as well as in some parts further east along mountain ranges near Delhi/Chennai areas; this means more delays happening due to bad driving conditions caused by poor visibility at high altitudes along those routes–meaning even getting out on time could be difficult if not impossible depending on what kind of vehicle you’re using!
2. Plan Your Route Right
- Plan your route right.
- Plan for delays.
- Plan for alternative routes, diversions and alternate modes of transportation.
- Plan for alternative destinations (if you can’t get there, what’s the next best location?).
- Also plan for alternative delivery times (if it’s not safe or easy to do so).
Also be prepared to use alternative delivery locations and methods, too!
3. Monitor Your Shipments
If you are tracking your shipments, then you should know the weather forecast. You can monitor your shipments by:
- Checking the weather forecast.
- Checking the weather report.
Other things to consider include:
- Keeping a close eye on your shipments and keeping a close eye on the weather.
4. Choose The Right Freight Transport Mode
Make the right choice
The first step towards tackling weather-delayed delivery is to choose the right transportation mode. Depending on the urgency of your shipment, its size and weight, and distance it needs to travel, there are several options that can help you get your cargo delivered as quickly as possible. For example:
- Airfreight is an ideal mode when you need immediate delivery or if your cargo has a short shelf life. It’s also great if you want to save money on transportation costs because airfreight is usually more affordable than other modes such as sea freight or road transport.
- Rail freight is another good option if you don’t have too much time before delivering your shipment (or have limited space). Rail freight services tend to be faster than road shipments because they move at higher speeds on dedicated tracks rather than being slowed down by traffic jams and other delays associated with road travel.
5. Use Alternatives For Air Freight In Case Of Bad Weather
In case of a severe weather emergency, you can choose to use alternative modes of transportation, routes and carriers.
- Use sea freight or air freight instead of road freight transport.
- Use rail freight or trucking instead of sea transport.
- Consider courier services as an alternative when possible.
In the worst-case scenario, you may even have to consider alternative routes and carriers for your delivery if all other options fail.
6. Stay in Touch With Your Freight Transport Provider/Carrier
One of the best ways to tackle weather-delayed delivery is by staying in touch with your carrier. Once you know that a truck is delayed, there are several things you can do:
- Keep an eye on the weather. If it looks like storms are coming and may affect your delivery date, speak up right away. Your carrier will be able to tell you if they have time to make up for lost time or if additional days will need to be added onto their travel schedule due to inclement weather.
- Do not hesitate to contact your freight transport provider/ carrier if you have questions or concerns about your shipment’s progress! They want to hear from customers because it helps them get feedback about where things are going wrong—and what can be done better next time around (if there even IS a next time!).
7. Have A Contingency Plan in Place
As a business owner, this is your responsibility to ensure that you have a contingency plan in place—make sure it’s not just one and done.
In the event of weather-related delays in freight transport, it’s important to have backup plans that can be implemented if necessary. For example:
- Make sure you have multiple options for delivering goods on time (i.e., instead of sending via air freight, send via road freight or sea freight).
- Make sure you have an alternative delivery location located nearby.
- Make sure you have an alternative shipping mode available (e.g., ocean container versus trailer).
8. Ensure That You Have Insurance Cover
You may have heard that insurance is a guarantee of no loss, but this isn’t true. Insurance is a risk management tool, and it can help you limit the financial impact of weather-related delays.
It’s important to understand how insurance works in order to know whether or not you have enough coverage for your shipment.
When freight is delayed due to inclement weather, several things happen: the shipper’s trucking company has extra expenses because they have to wait longer than expected at their destination; there will be additional costs associated with keeping your cargo secure while they wait out the storm; if your product becomes damaged as a result of being left outdoors too long during extreme cold or heat, then these costs must also be covered by whoever owns those products (i.e., yourself).
Do not let bad weather derail your transportation.
Do not let bad weather derail your freight transport efforts.
When you’re hit by a weather delay, it can be frustrating to lose time and money for a business that depends on prompt deliveries. Here are 8 ways to tackle this challenge:
- Plan in advance. If you know there is going to be inclement weather at the destination, try to schedule your shipments so they arrive before or after the storm hits. It may mean paying more for packaging materials and labor costs but it will likely save plenty in delays and loss of goods due to damaged packaging or containers. If a shipment has been delayed in transit because of bad weather, check out our tips for handling unexpected delays below!
As you can see, there are many ways to tackle weather-delayed delivery in freight transport. By staying proactive and making sure that you’re prepared for every eventuality, you’ll have a much smoother experience overall. Your customers will be satisfied, and your business will continue to grow. And if all else fails? Keep the above suggestions on hand so that you know what to do when disaster strikes!