What Shippers Can Expect for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021

Shipping port at night

This year, the build up to Black Friday and it’s younger cousin, Cyber Monday is singing a different tune. 

In past years as logistics companies and retailers were preparing their supply chains for the biggest shopping frenzy of the season, the only question was about getting products shipped without a hitch.

In 2021 though, things are looking shaky. With the global shipping crisis predicted to continue well into 2022, retailers are scrambling to throw out Black Friday deals mega early, as in two months in advance to beat the rush.

Meanwhile, many US ports are congested, there aren’t enough logistics professionals on hand to work the supply chain, and cargo ships are at a standstill, packed full with containers.

It goes without saying that Black Friday 2021 is going to be a bit different than in past years. So as a shipper, how can you prepare your supply chain? Here are some tips!

Know Your Promotions Inside Out

People want their products, and they want them shipped fast. With numerous ports moving slowly, consumers orders are just sitting at sea.

To cushion the wait time, use sales analytics to estimate which products you carry will be best sellers. You can then focus on these specific products by making sure you have an amply supply on stock ahead of the big day.

Not only is this useful for Black Friday, but it can help you set up your supply chain for success for the remainder of the season. After all, Black Friday is merely the kick off to holiday shopping.

Smooth Out Supply Chain Wrinkles Now

Procrastination is never a good idea when it comes to shipping, which is why you’ll want to assess your supply chain management strategy now, pinpoint any weak links, and work to smooth them out before the shopping season drops hard.

Consider implementing a high tech supply chain management software platform, which improves time management, streamlines organization, and enhances communication across all parties.

Put Your Trust in a 3PL

We get it, you’re running a business and don’t have time to navigate shipping during a global supply chain crisis. That’s where 3PL companies come in handy. 

These businesses consist of logistics experts who have the man power and equipment to do the shipping for you. 

They are also well versed in the latest global shipping events, with knowledge on how to get goods shipped as quickly as possible.

If you need assistance with your shipping this holiday season, America 1 Logistics can help! We offer a wide range of transportation services, servicing the Southeast, where ports such as JAXPORT are still functioning despite the crisis. Contact us to learn more!


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