The Christmas season is one of the busiest times for many companies across all industries because there are so many deliveries to be made. Delivery requirements during these times are quite time-sensitive and varied, from small electronic gadgets to large appliances. Thus, logistics companies find it difficult to deliver goods with so many customers demanding them. In this article, we will talk about the delivery of packages during the Christmas season in the Philippines and the challenges faced in carrying out these operations.
It has always been a fact that during the Christmas season, consumers spend a lot of time and other resources buying gifts and packages for loved ones. This behavior has been fueled by a long-standing culture of giving during this holiday season where everyone is encouraged to give gifts to family and friends and even help out in local charitable institutions.
Logistics companies find it difficult to deliver goods because there are so many delivery requirements, especially during Christmas time. Delivery requirements vary from small electronic gadgets to large appliances needing shipping domestically or internationally which results in limited schedules, missed deadlines, and delays in deliveries by logistics companies.
The most common delivery requirement during the Christmas season are for packages. This happens because consumers purchase items online and sometimes even in foreign countries like Japan and the United States. However, logistics companies also face difficulties with domestic package deliveries since they have limited schedules and must service many customers at once which results in delays or missed deadlines.
In the section below, we will go over the many challenges of package delivery during the Christmas season in the Philippines and how many businesses use a delivery app like Transportify to augment their fleet of delivery vehicles.
The table below shows the list of Transportify vehicles that can handle package delivery operations.
|Vehicle Type||Cargo Dimension||Capacity||Starting Price|
|Vehicle Type||Cargo Dimension||Capacity||Starting Price|
|Economy (Sedan/Hatchback)||L: 3.5 ft x W: 2 ft x H: 2.5 ft||200 kg||₱120|
|Economy Extra Space (SUV/MPV)||L: 5 ft x W: 3.2 ft x H: 2.8 ft||300 kg||₱140|
|L300/Van||L: 7 ft x W: 4 ft x H: 4 ft||1000 kg||₱430|
|Closed Van (4W)||L: 10 ft x W: 6 ft x H: 6 ft||2000 kg||₱1800|
Why are the Delivery of Packages During Christmas Season Difficult to Fulfill?
Too Many Deliveries, Too Little time
It’s important to remember that the Christmas season will always be difficult to fulfill based on historical data. There just simply isn’t enough time in the day for companies to get around to all the deliveries they need to make. And the problem only gets worse if more purchases are made online. There are more packages being delivered, but not many drivers to accommodate those deliveries.
Many companies in the Philippines have a shortage of delivery personnel or drivers to accommodate all their deliveries. In fact, many companies such as retail and FMCGs (fast moving consumer goods) will hire local logistics companies so they can fulfill orders on time. But even with additional manpower being assigned for the Christmas season, there are still too many orders to be handled and it would still take a long time for all deliveries to get done.
Aside from the shortage of delivery drivers to accommodate the logistics requirements of a company, another factor that makes delivery of packages during the Christmas season in the Philippines quite difficult to carry out is the fact that most of these items are time-sensitive deliveries. For example, a customer might purchase a gadget online on the day before Christmas and still expect it to be delivered on Christmas eve.
Furthermore, some packages are ordered from overseas places. Because these packages are from different countries, logistics companies will face a tough time executing the shipping operation from those countries to the Philippines and then carrying out last-mile logistics operations to the various customers in the country.
Wide Variety of Packages
As we have mentioned above, the Christmas season in the Philippines is characterized by giving gifts to family and friends. And these gifts come in various shapes and sizes. For example, Christmas presents in a typical Filipino family would range from clothes to house appliances like washing machines and refrigerators. With this said, it would be difficult for a logistics company in the Philippines to carry out these logistics requirements due to the wide range of package sizes.
For example, clothes, gadgets, and other small items can all fit in a sedan, MPV, or L300 van. And these items can be delivered right away because of the abundance of these types of vehicles. However, such is not the case when the packages are large and bulky items like home appliances, furniture, and even gym equipment. For those items, a 4 wheeler or 6 wheeler closed van is necessary to deliver those goods to the customer.
With the example illustrated above, we can conclude that having a wide range of products to deliver entails that the logistics company should also have a diverse fleet of vehicles for the delivery requirement. For example, it would be quite absurd to deliver a laptop using a 10 wheeler wing van because the logistics company does not have an MPV.
Long Distance Deliveries to Various Places in the Country
Too many deliveries, too little time. And what’s worse is that many companies have to fulfill long-distance deliveries to various places in the country during the Christmas season. What makes these delivery operations difficult for any company is the fact that the Philippines is an archipelago which means it is inevitable to deliver items to the different island groups.
If a company were to fulfill these logistics operations on its own during Christmas time, it would surely face plenty of problems. First of all, the business must have a variety of trucks that can support a wide range of long-distance delivery operations. For deliveries straight to the homes of customers, and L300 van or even 4 wheeler closed truck for larger deliveries would suffice.
But what if the retail company needs to send multiple packages from Manila to Cebu or Iloilo City? If that is the case, they can use the interisland delivery service of Transportify. There are a lot of delivery vehicles from L300 vans to 10 wheeler wing vans that can support this operation. With this option, a company can use a closed van, fill it up with packages and make an interisland booking from Manila to its distribution center in Cebu.
If a company chooses to use Transportify, it will have no problem fulfilling logistics requirements such as long-distance deliveries and even interisland shipping. With the app, the company can fulfill its package delivery requirements during the Christmas season in the Philippines.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is it difficult to handle the delivery of packages during the holiday season?
? During the holiday season, businesses receive a lot of orders from many people. On top of that, the Philippines is an archipelago which means interisland shipping is inevitable. This means that a retailer in Manila could encounter an order from a client in Iloilo. On top of that, packages come in various shapes and sizes so it is important to have the right vehicle type to do the job. These are just some of the problems encountered by companies when they deliver packages during the holiday season.
When does the Christmas season in the Philippines begin?
? In Philippine culture, the Christmas season begins once we reach the “ber” months. That means as early as September, many businesses already decorate their offices or stores with a Christmas theme. However, much of the commercial activity happens in the months of October, November, and December.