Everything seems more heightened and urgent in the last couple months of the year. In the midst of manufacturers trying to meet their targets and make deadlines, the calendar is crammed with some major holidays—plus, you can count on some severe weather happening somewhere. It can feel like the world is conspiring against you as you race to finish everything and get those time-critical shipments out.
Most of our clients rely on CNW’s experience and proven track record more than ever in the fourth quarter. Here’s how you can work with your expedited courier partner and ensure shipments throughout the holiday season go smoothly.
Working with the right partner can make all the difference. At CNW, we start planning for the holiday season early by reaching out to our logistics partners—customs brokers around the world, airlines, and other stakeholders in the supply chain. We find out about any possible disruptions to shipments: limited business hours, holiday closures, overbookings, canceled lines or routes—anything that could affect our clients’ shipments. This allows us to adapt our service offerings and plan contingencies proactively.
Also, CNW’s account managers maintain close communication with all clients to understand specific holiday requirements including, potential demand spikes, and operational shutdowns.
No matter how well you plan, something is probably going to go wrong during the holiday season. That’s why we prepare early, so we’re ready to go with contingency plans and alternate shipping options.
Be prepared for those surprises, and be open to alternate options. For example, NFO (next flight out) service may not be available, but OBC (on-board carrier) is an option or vice versa. Or we may need to find an alternate route to work around customs offices’ holiday schedules.
As soon as you know your shipping deadlines—or even earlier, if you have planned or tentative dates—contact your courier partner and start making plans. The sooner we understand your needs and have your shipment in hand, the sooner we can get it to its destination.
CNW’s offices are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, so you can reach us at any time, especially while your time-critical shipment is en route.
Need a trusted expedited shipping partner for your shipments during the holiday season—and the rest of the year? We’re here to help—contact us today to learn more about our expedited shipping services.