September is probably my favorite month of the year and perhaps it is for many of you too. Awesome weather, football, etc. Love it! So, for me, it's good news that September is just about here. And that's our good news for the day so don't say I didn't have any! Wait - I may have some below so keep reading :)
Who would have thought a year ago that we'd continue to see supply chain disruptions continue for another year? Well, it sure seems like we could be in for continued disruptions well into 2022! Below is a link to a good article with an international focus and it doesn't bode well for much relief in the transportation world. The charts referenced in it are shocking and further explanation as to why I can't seem to get any updates at all on the new Harley Pan-American bike I've been waiting on for 4 months now. 4 months ago I was 4th on the waiting list. I've been first for the last month now and maybe it will come just in time to lock it up for winter.
There is no end in sight to poor LTL service performance so we need to get used to 70-75% for the foreseeable future. But I'll go back to the questions I had received before - yes, we get all this, but what can we do about it? Well Recon's TMS has the answer if you actually really want to do something about it!
That's right - there IS something you can do to improve your odds of satisfying your customer with LTL shipping. It's Recon's new proprietary method for an automated LTL carrier selection tool where YOU control your own "Best-Way" carrier routing that takes price, transit, and service into account with client-controlled priorities. If you haven't asked about this yet then you should - because it's a strategic call you can make for your business that has a real impact in a shipping world that is less than reliable.
Recon will soon have a brand messaging reveal on our best-way routing and we promise not to burn down the western US.
BTW - Don't forget to couple that with a prepay and add strategy that is something more than seeing where the wind is blowing!
LTL Overall Performance Over the Past Year