The holidays are a time for creating memories, spreading love and…ecommerce? Believe it or not, a lot of thought, time and logistics goes into the realm of holiday ecommerce to ensure everything runs smoothly as you head online to shop for presents. Here’s a breakdown of holiday ecommerce topics:
Christmas tree shipping
Christmas tree shipping is an extremely lucrative business contrary to what one might think. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there was a total retail value of $2.17 billion for both real and fake tree in 2015. Christmas trees account for a significant portion of moving freight as they are harvested in mountainous states such as Oregon or New Hampshire and then shipped across the country. Christmas tree freight shipping proves to be particularly difficult as it is crucial that the trees maintain their freshness and integrity on their shipping journey.
Project freight is often referred to as oversized and high value pieces of freight that typically need to be disassembled before shipping and reassembled after delivery. Due to the nature of this large and valuable freight, specific care is often required to ensure the freight arrives on time and intact.
In simple terms, reverse logistics is the process of moving goods from their initial point of consumption back to their point of origin. There can be many reasons for this process, some which include: damage, recalls, excess inventory, seasonal inventory and more. Reverse logistics is especially apparent during the holidays as there tends to be an increase in purchases and returns which sometimes forces retailers to return the goods back to their origin.
A backhaul is the journey a freight truck takes back to its point of origin to pick up more freight and start its next delivery. Rather than leaving the truck empty and not making any profit on the return trip, carriers will often take a backhaul load at a discounted rate to at least make some profit. Backhauls are a win-win for everyone involved as carriers make a profit on an otherwise nonprofitable trek back to home base and shippers get to ship their freight without delay and at a discounted price.
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