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QuickBox Fulfillment Feb 22, 2024 6 min read

Layoff Logistics: How Will it Affect Your Business?

If you have an ecommerce or omnichannel business, you may have been reading about the recent contract deals and subsequent layoffs at major carriers with interest. After all, much of your business relies on fast and efficient delivery. And logistics disruptions could affect (or worse, damage) your business.

The UPS contract negotiations earlier this year, for example, were significant. The potential for a strike drew widespread attention due to the potential economic impact and the scale of the disruption it could have caused. For a quick refresher, UPS (the United Parcel Service) and its Teamsters union reached a contract deal for their 340,000 U.S. workers a mere week ahead of a possible strike.

Had there been a strike, it could have been one of the costliest strikes in at least a century. A 10-day work stoppage was estimated to lead to $7 billion in costs, including $4 billion in customer losses and over $1 billion in lost wages. The potential strike was particularly concerning to businesses as UPS handles about a quarter of parcel deliveries in the U.S., which would have impacted millions of daily deliveries.

Though it was the largest, the UPS negotiations weren’t the only disruptions. Workers with DHL Express ended up striking at the end of last year, which threatened to delay packages during the peak holiday shipping season. Fortunately, a tentative agreement providing enhanced workplace safety, higher wages, and better benefits ended the strike.

While the successful negotiations averted massive disruption to the U.S. economy and supply chains, it also left many wondering how their business would be affected and how to mitigate any potential disruptions.

A Shifting Logistics Environment

In addition to the contract negotiations, there have been other notable changes in the logistics environment. FedEx, for instance, announced an average rate increase of 5.9% in 2024 for various services. This cost increase could impact shipping costs for consumers and businesses alike.

UPS also recently announced a round of layoffs of 12,000 employees, which could have a ripple effect on businesses that rely on shipping services. Potential impacts could include delays due to reduced staffing and changes in service levels or coverage areas.

Other potential results of the shifts in the logistics environment that could affect businesses include:

  • Service disruptions: For instance, layoffs can lead to reduced staffing, which could cause delays and disruptions throughout the supply chain. This could affect your ability to receive supplies and fulfill orders in the expected timeframe.
  • Increased costs: In some cases, restructuring and cost-saving measures from carriers could lead to increased service and shipping prices, which impact operational costs.
  • Capacity constraints: With reduced staff, some carriers may scale back on their operations. This could impact businesses, especially during peak demand periods.
  • Customer service impacts: Lower levels of support could delay responses to questions or issues. This could be especially challenging for companies that rely on quick, effective communication.

Mitigating Risks with the Right Fulfillment Partner

To help mitigate risks, businesses need to ensure their logistics partners have diversified shipping carriers and have alternate shipping solutions available to maintain resilience in the supply chain.

Working with a top-notch fulfillment service like QuickBox can help businesses adapt to these recent changes. For instance, QuickBox offers scalable solutions that efficiently manage increased volume and delivery expectations. These services can help decrease the risks associated with fluctuating demand, supply chain disruptions, and evolving consumer expectations by leveraging advanced logistics, warehouse solutions, and technology. QuickBox can also leverage its relationships with multiple carriers to ensure shipments are received and delivered on time and as expected.

In addition, QuickBox uses innovative and advanced technology to help improve analytics, real-time tracking, and automation. These advances improve efficiencies and transparency to help your business better manage and mitigate logistics disruptions.

QuickBox also provides customizable solutions that are tailored to your specific needs. Flexibility in handling peak times, scalability to grow with your business, and the ability to adapt to unexpected changes are crucial for long-time resilience in this dynamic environment.

Another lesser-known aspect of a quality logistics partner during uncertain times is its financial stability and reliability. A stable partner is less likely to face disruptions that could impact your business.

With QuickBox, companies can continue to focus on their core business, confident their deliveries will be timely and accurate. This, in turn, promotes customer satisfaction, so you can stay competitive in this dynamic and ever-fluctuating environment.

Are you ready to embrace these changing dynamics and thrive? Contact QuickBox today and explore how we can help you navigate this new environment and optimize your logistics operations. Together, we can turn these industry shifts into opportunities for success.