The first few weeks of November tend to be a busy and lucrative business period for truckers, fleet managers as well as 3PLs like us at Scout Logistics. With the American Thanksgiving taking place on the 26th, a substantial increase of freight hauls will be the order of the month as families and retailers alike rush to stock up on all of the essential foods needed to properly celebrate the season. With that in mind, we figured it might be a good idea to give a rundown on what you can be liable to expect this month, in terms of quantity of business, the upcoming rate increase, and the most popular items you’ll be likely to find in your hauls.
Apples – Yams – Cranberries – Green Beans: The produce of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving tends to arrive around the primary season of Granny Smith Apples, as a result, it is not uncommon to see sales of the fruit double during the month, with the two weeks before thanksgiving routinely serving as the peak period for Granny Smith shipments year wide. With the abundance of apple based pies and baked goods (which have become thanksgiving holiday staples), the increase in demand is not surprising.
Another delicious piece of produce you can expect to find yourself working with is the sweet potato. Candied yams maintain their own popular place on thanksgiving dinner plates, and once again it is liable to prove fortuitous for those who work with them.
What would thanksgiving be without cranberries? No Thanksgiving Turkey is complete without a nice homemade cranberry sauce, and sales are expected to jump. Wisconsin continues to be the state that both grows and ships the greatest volume of the fruit, and harvest season will be in full gear all the way up to Thanksgiving day.
Unfortunately, green bean shipments, usually one of the season’s most popular vegetables are expected to be light, due to unfortunately heavy rainfall across the southeast during September.
Another piece of good news is that workers in the shipping industry can expect a rate increase this month, starting on November 16.
Here at Scout, we would like to let you know that Thanksgiving time is consistently one of the busiest and most productive times of the year for us, and of course 2015 is no exception. This year we have literally hundreds of one pick one drop loads available, so feel free to contact us if you’re interested. We’d also like to remind you that all of Scout’s loads are paid out within 24 hrs of delivery at NO FEE, which means that all drivers can be sure they will get their money BEFORE the holidays!
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of sincere reflection into what each of us are blessed with. For those of us in the trucking industry, we are fortunate enough to enjoy particularly potent blessings during the November holiday season. Here at Scout Logistics we hope that whether you’re a trucker, fleet manager, farmer, merchant or at any other point on the logistics chain, we all make the most that we can out of this month’s period of unique prosperity