Delay in shipping? Tips for ensuring on-time delivery

We all know that feeling of excitement when we order something online, eagerly awaiting its arrival. But what happens when our shipment is delayed?

In business, a delay in shipping can be costly and cause significant disruptions. According to a Gallup survey, 60% of consumers report being unable to get a product due to shortages.

There are many reasons why shipments are delayed.

This article will explore the concept of delays in shipping, their causes and how to avoid them.

What is a delay in shipping?

A delay in shipping is defined as a situation where goods or products are not delivered on the date specified.

In other words, it’s when your order arrives later than expected. There are many reasons why delays happen.



Sometimes, it’s due to issues with the supplier, such as production problems or delays in receiving raw materials. Other times, it might be due to problems with the transportation company, such as traffic congestion.

One of the most common reasons for a delay in shipping is vessel delays. This can be caused by a variety of reasons including:

  • Bad weather

  • Changes in service schedules

  • Container shortages

  • Port congestion

  • Strikes

Whatever the cause, delays can have a major impact on businesses. They can cause disruptions in the supply chain, resulting in lost sales and unhappy customers.


How to avoid a delay in shipping 

There are a few things you can do to avoid delays in shipping:

  • Use a reliable shipping company: Choose a shipping company with a good reputation and is known for its on-time delivery. This will help to ensure that your shipments arrive on time.

  • Keep track of your shipments: Use a tracking system to keep track of your shipments. This way, you’ll be able to see where your shipment is and know if there are any delays.

  • Plan ahead: If you know you’ll be shipping a large order, plan ahead and allow extra time for delivery. This will help to avoid any last-minute rush and ensure that your shipment arrives on time.

Hillebrand Gori shipping solutions: A case study 

Hillebrand Gori aided the on-time launch of one of Australia’s leading wine Estates and long-term customers in their first wine collection made predominantly from Californian grapes.

This collection is a result of decades of hard work, beginning in the late 1980s and taking a pivotal turn in 2018 when the Estate’s wine business decided grapes from regions outside of Australia would now be sourced and used. It was our absolute pleasure to transport the dream, dedication and craftsmanship of this new collection.  

So how did we do it? 

By rolling up our sleeves and facing the challenges, the current global wine shipping landscape presents head-on. To circumvent sailing schedule delays and congestion at the port of entry, Auckland, NZ, the two-container load collection was airfreighted to ensure on-time wine delivery.

The importance and significance of this launch demanded speedy logistics solutions and the utmost care of the product. So, we put our trucks on standby at the Californian warehouse, enabling them to be loaded and hauled as soon as they were ready.

Shipping wine from California is something Hillebrand Gori does every day, and our ability to act fast, leveraging local haulier support and port connections, is why our wine shipping solutions are relied upon. Once at the destination airfreight terminal, we delivered the cargo straight to the customer without delay.  

Don’t let port congestion cause a delay in shipping. Our team of experts can work with you to ensure your shipments arrive on time, every time.

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