The Espace Christmas Survival Guide
As holiday season is fast approaching here at Espace HQ we’re gearing up to peak Christmas freight movement. Every year, it feels like Christmas comes around faster and often catches you off-guard in your supply chain planning. Here are our top tips on how to get your freight ready for the festive season.
Start Planning Now!
Use the next month to plan and act wisely, whilst events won’t always unfold the way you expect, having a rough plan now can help you to stay on track. Understand your volumes and delivery deadlines so that you can choose the right mode and solution, without getting caught out, and having to blow your budget.
Know Your Deadlines!
Time is of the essence! The final scheduled departure date this year for European groupage and consolidated part loads is December 15th. Normal service will resume in the New Year on January 5th. At this time of the year demand is high and bookings are strictly subject to availability. Booking space now is essential to avoid potential disruption.
If you need a dedicated van and premium express service there will generally be availability up to December 20th – of course subject to availability. This is the best solution where storage is an issue at either end or if manufacturing means your goods will only be ready last minute.
Know Your Customs!
Ensure that your customs documents are accurate. Check and then check again to avoid potential hold up’s and queries.
Talk To Your Customers!
Keep your customers in the loop with shipment details, delivery expectations, and any potential delays or changes to your normal schedule. A well-informed customer is a satisfied customer, especially during the festive rush.
Lean On Your Freight Account Manager!
If you do find yourself with a last minute shipment don’t panic. Our Freight Account Managers are working as hard as Santa’s Elves to find solutions right up until December 22nd. You can call and speak with any of our employee owners on 01543 418700.
As always, we’re here to help.