2020 Truckload Peak Season: How To Navigate in 2021

Does the 2020 truckload peak season seem different to you? No surprise.

In 2020, carriers have been forced to grapple with a range of all-consuming disruptions. From wild fluctuations in demand to COVID protocols implemented at every point in the supply chain, the logistics industry has been upended by unprecedented challenges in past months. These issues have all required constant attention and strategic adaptability, though many of them can actually be best addressed with technology. Throughout this year’s extended peak season, it has become clear that transportation management software like Axele is more critical than ever for small and midsized trucking firms seeking to enhance reliability and efficiency, while simultaneously mitigating uncertainty in a rapidly and unexpectedly evolving environment.

A centralized digitization – and automation – of fundamental operations can free up employees to focus on the things that require creativity and humanity. The vast majority of shippers are still adjusting to record levels of e-commerce at the moment, while simultaneously seeking to manage a longer peak season and ongoing supply chain issues as well. The headaches all of this uncertainty cause for carriers can be minimized and managed by Axele’s end-to-end software, which supports most day-to-day tasks, including identifying real-time load capacity, smart tracking of driver schedules and finding the most profitable loads through dynamic optimization.

Employers want to prioritize supporting employees amidst a pandemic – not find themselves stuck in the back office handling paperwork. There are some things you simply cannot plan for, but planning where possible can unlock savings, enhance efficiencies and ultimately improve the quality of lives.

The 2020 Truckload Peak Season is Not An Anomaly

More importantly, the 2020 truckload peak season should not be regarded as an anomaly.  A recent survey found that one-third of respondents felt their companies were not prepared for shifting supply chain needs over the past six months. Many say changes to supply chain partnerships and broader strategies – influenced by shifting consumer behavior – are also still to come, all of which will require nimble responsiveness on the part of carriers. Compounded with a second wave of COVID-19 cases spreading across the country, the same parts of the supply chain that have been tested this season will be tested throughout the coming year.

Axele helps trucking firm management be responsive by connecting with ELDs to gauge drivers’ remaining hours of service, sharing real-time truck availability with customers and connecting with accounting systems to streamline financial reporting. All this empowers carriers to respond immediately as customer needs evolve and freeing up human capital to be applied more impactfully elsewhere.

The onset of this pandemic brought with it an acceleration in the shift to e-commerce, among other things. Who knows what the next disruption may bring? That said, the same planning done during 2020 can and should be similarly planned in the quarters and years ahead. With Axele’s dynamic transportation management software, small and midsized carriers can rest assured that decisions related to finding the best loads, working with tight capacity and other core functions are all being calibrated and optimized, enabling them to focus their energy on the next big thing – whatever that may be.

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