• December 15, 2020

    'Shipageddon' What's happening and how it’s going to reshape fleet strategies?

    The pandemic is not yet under control, US labeled 184k+ new cases just yesterday, economic recovery is yet to come surging and holiday season have swirled into a perfect shipping storm since in-store shopping is not recommended and stay at home strongly is. We order for our households and so for households of our loved ones. We ship internationally, we ship between the cities, lines in post offices are bigger and bigger and our Amazon’s cart is getting fuller and fuller.

    That is causing more work for both shipper and receiver, and the behind the wheel Santa, trucking industry and its drivers. So how does that affect fleets?

    Just take a look at the infograph! The U.S. Department of Commerce said online sales now account for 14% of all sales. Physical sales on Black Friday of this year dropped by 52%. ShipMatrix president predicted the U.S. would see a shortfall of 7 million packages per day between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The media named this “Shipageddon.”

    logistics leaders started increasing seasonal employment in preparation for the online onslaught and companies must radically shift their e-commerce strategies. And even after the pandemic subsides, e-commerce will keep going strong.

    UPS reported it would add 100,000 seasonal workers, FedEx 70,000, and DHL 10,000 and still customers are waiting on packages for more than a month.

    We expect in January returns and COVID-19 spikes from holiday gatherings are likely to extend Shipageddon. The long-term impact could be more fleet-building.

    It is to be believed that seasonal rentals and leases, “fleeting up and fleeting down,” may a popular strategy, as “a tremendous amount of fleets clients” have done just that.

    More and more companies should offers short-term leases for the last mile, short-to-long-term options, and consolidated leaseback programs. Using telematics will also be paramount to fleet strategies until the shipping surge passes, as expected, by the end of March 2021.

    April 24, 2024
    Why (Not) to Self-Dispatch

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    March 29, 2024
    Team Trucking as a Couple: Is It Worth It?

    If you have been reading AAA Freight’s blogs lately, you’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot about team trucking. We recently wrote about the benefits of teaming up and interviewed one of our best trucking partnerships, and both pieces gained a lot of attention from fellow truckers. Building on this momentum, we're shifting gears […]

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    March 1, 2024
    How to Maximize Your Fuel Efficiency

    Due to unfavorable economic conditions in the trucking industry, fleets are doing everything in their power to increase their fuel efficiency. Whether you’re a trucker or a fleet owner, these tips we compiled might help you save up on fuel expenses and become more efficient! Heavy loads exert significant strain on your engine, causing your […]

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