Less than 3 months until Christmas: Start your delivery planning now!

Delivery Planning

Are you ready for the Christmas delivery rush?

With over half of Christmas deliveries not going to plan last year, through logistical delays and a lack of planning, it’s high time businesses across the UK started their delivery planning a little earlier this year to avoid history repeating itself. With under 3 months to go until the big day, have you started your plan to deliver Christmas cards and corporate gifts before the Christmas rush?

If you are planning to send your suppliers, loyal customers and stakeholders corporate gifts to show your thanks this Christmas, there is more to go into your delivery planning than just getting your gift in the post. Firstly, make sure you have your corporate gifts ordered and on their way to your offices. Once they have arrived, you will need to think about using a trusted logistics partner to deliver your corporate gifts before the big day and before offices close for the Christmas period – the last thing you want is for your gift to be delivered only for it to sit outside for two weeks whilst the office is closed. 

5 effective ways to start your delivery planning today 

Staying on top of Christmas delivery planning can be difficult. With so much to do throughout the year, you may feel like you’re already behind. Here are five tips for starting your delivery planning now to make the most of your time and give your gift recipients a smooth Christmas delivery experience.

  1. Order your corporate Christmas gifts now 
  2. Be aware of the Royal Mail strike days 
  3. Choose a reliable logistics company 
  4. Get your delivery slots booked today 
  5. Create a checklist to ensure you haven’t missed anyone

 If you haven’t already, be sure to get your corporate Christmas gifts on order today – particularly if you are choosing personalised gifts with your branding. The more you order, the longer they could take to be delivered. 

Be aware of the Royal Mail planned strike days. You may be considering using your local Royal Mail team to deliver your gifts; however, with the following strike days ahead, there are bound to be severe delays that could affect Christmas deliveries. 

Royal Mail planned strike days as taken from the Royal Mail website

Network & National Distribution2, 8, 14, 23, 30 November
Parcel and letter processing and distribution
Royal Mail international parcel and letter services
Collections (customer, Post Office, postbox)
3, 9, 15, 24 November & 1 December
Parcel and letter deliveries4, 10, 16, 25 November and 2 December

Check out our top tips for finding the perfect logistics team to courier your important corporate gifts to everyone in the nick of time. Mango Logistics, strategically based across London, can deliver nationwide. Once you have found your logistics team, book your delivery slots ahead so you can be sure your parcels will arrive on time. 

Lastly, we recommend writing a list of everyone you are planning to send gifts to. This way, you will know exactly who is left, and you will be able to tick off all those who have been delivered. 

Choosing an effective logistics team to help 

Every year, businesses are faced with the same challenge: dealing with extra volumes of orders and shipments at specific times of the year. This year, Christmas seems to have come around earlier than usual. As a result, businesses are now faced with the challenge of having to deliver their Christmas gifts in time for the holidays. 

Most businesses will be forced to start thinking about Christmas delivery planning by November at the latest. This is a good time to start thinking about your Christmas delivery plans. It is true that most services have a lot to do with the final delivery process, but they are not the only ones responsible for this. The first step in effective business Christmas delivery plans is logistics planning.

Make sure you choose a company that can make your company look great and help you get your products and services delivered on time. Choose a company that is flexible and can offer you a wide range of different services and options. A good delivery partner should be able to offer you:

Flexibility – your logistics company should be able to work with you to change plans and fit your delivery needs. 

Transparency – as a modern logistics team, you should be kept up to date with delivery progress through up-to-date technology. 

Reliability – a logistics company needs to be reliable and trustworthy – check their google reviews. 

Great customer service – first and foremost, a logistics team should be able to provide great customer service to each of its clients and their end customers every single time. 

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Mango Logistics is here for your delivery planning needs 

There is no time like the present to start planning your Christmas deliveries, and that’s why we’re here to help. Whether you’re a large corporation or a small business, Mango Logistics is here to help! Our team is passionate about delivering Christmas for our clients.

If you are panicking about getting your corporate Christmas gifts delivered in time this year, look no further than Mango Logistics. Get in touch with our team today, who will be happy to help bring Christmas to your clients! 

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