Week of August 23rd, 2021
Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance
Although still months away, businesses have a sense of urgency in preparing for the upcoming holiday shopping season, which is expected to be challenging for everyone.
Let’s examine some recent industry news.
SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS
- The Shipping Crisis is Getting Worse. Here’s What That Means for Holiday Shopping: The vast network of ports, container vessels and trucking companies that moves goods around the world is badly tangled, and the cost of shipping is skyrocketing. That’s troubling news for retailers and holiday shoppers.
- Retailers Get Creative in Supply Chain Crunch Ahead of Peak Holiday Demand: Facing the perfect storm with freight, rail and cargo shortages, many retailers are using different mitigation strategies to try and address ongoing supply chain disruptions.
- Three Certainties for This Year’s Peak Retail Season: One year after the most volatile and disruptive peak season in recent history, the freight industry is preparing for yet another peak. Here are three predictions concerning freight markets and overall supply chain performance for the 2021 peak season.
- USPS Boosts Sortation Capacity, Plans Surcharges Ahead of Peak Season: The Postal Service is gearing up for another busy peak season by leasing additional sortation space, adding new sorting machines, hiring more delivery and plant staff, renting assets and adding surcharges.
- Are We Looking at a ‘Super’ Peak Season?: Ports are seeing backups again as we move out of summer and into the start of the peak shipping season. Experts discuss what port congestion could mean for the air cargo industry and how transportation will have to adjust to accommodate additional cargo.
- DHL eCommerce Solutions to Triple Peak Season Hiring Surge: In reaction to an ongoing surge in online shopping purchases, DHL eCommerce Solutions plans to hire 2,800 workers to sort parcels during the coming holiday peak season, more than three times the amount it hired at this time in 2020.
- Peak season planning is in full swing. Businesses have worked hard to navigate the supply chain challenges of the past year and a half and have already started preparing for another surge this upcoming holiday peak season. Whether it’s securing transportation capacity, hiring seasonal workers or stocking up on inventory, preparation is in full swing for what is sure to be a challenging holiday season.
- Holiday shipping means more dangerous goods (DG) shipments. Many of the items purchased and shipped this holiday season will be classified as DG – from laptops and power tools to makeup and alcoholic beverages. Businesses need to ensure employees handling these goods are properly trained and have proper processes in place to ensure that every shipment is compliant with the latest regulations regarding labeling, packaging and documentation.
- Return season is also just around the corner. A busy holiday season for e-commerce shipping will undoubtedly lead to a surge in post-holiday returns. Effectively managing results is especially difficult when dealing with electronics and technology items that contain hazardous components, including lithium batteries. E-commerce manufacturers and distributors should start preparing now by having well-defined processes for compliant reverse logistics, because compliance gaps on returns can be costly in more ways than one.
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