How to use Technology to Prevent Delays in Holiday Deliveries

Last year the boost in demand for holiday shipments was unprecedented. Cyber Monday saw a 20.6% jump in online retail sales and the last weekend before Christmas saw a 37% increase in online sales (compared to the year before). Amazingly, online sales are expected to rise even more this year. FedEx expects an 8.8% increase in holiday shipping and UPS expects an 11% increase. Last year with bad weather and unexpected demand, shippers were unprepared to meet the expected dates of many deliveries leaving many consumers disappointed. Will shippers be prepared this year?

Only time will tell, but technology expected to be used more frequently, and frankly should have been used last year, is real time operation optimization technology. This technology helps companies manage fleets properly in real time. With up to date changes that take in to consideration all variables from bad weather to equipment failures, while also lowering fuel costs and providing excellent customer service. Real Time Operation Optimization shows you how realistic your current goals are and how to maximize your resources to reach your end goal.


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Consumer spending unexpectedly drops

Holiday season is coming and it’s always been a crazy time for the transportation sector, while everyone prepares, we here at LoadSmart wonder how crazy will it really be? Here are some interesting facts that might affect those statistics.

Consumer Spending Falls and Income Rise slows

In August consumer spending rose .5%, although economists expected another rise in consumer spending for September, it actually unexpectedly fell .2%

The Income Average has been rising this year but september has been the slowest month since last year at only a .2% increase.

Why?

– Wages are barely keeping up with inflation

– Slowing increase in real estate prices

-Volatile Stock Market.

Will these patterns continue for October, November and December numbers? What are your predictions? For more go to TT>>