Sleigh your supply chain – festive planning

James Plant

When does your Christmas planning begin?

The twinkling lights, the festive decorations, and the warm smell of freshly baked cookies—it’s almost that time of the year again!

Christmas is around the corner, and for many, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But behind the scenes, there’s a flurry of activity that starts long before the first carol is sung. Planning for Christmas is crucial, especially for businesses, and logistics companies play a pivotal role in making the holiday season magical.

As an experienced logistics company moving everything from trees to treats from anywhere in the world, we are your ally and ready to help now..

Managing the rush

Every year we see the same thing, a sudden surge in booking shipments as the big day gets closer. Finding a reliable haulier at the drop of a hat can be challenging. This is why it’s important to choose a logistics partner with an extensive and vetted network so that we find you the right solution with the right haulier.

Meeting customer expectations

During Christmas, timely deliveries are crucial for customer satisfaction and a company’s image. The key to avoiding a disappointing logistics experience is selecting a reliable partner with a trusted network. We provide dependable shipping options, like express and same-day delivery, thanks to strong supplier relationships. Our diverse solutions, like Aviate (air freight), ensure that if you need a swift delivery from a distant location, we can provide it.

Cost efficiency

While it’s essential to meet demand during the holiday season, it’s equally vital to manage costs effectively. Planning helps strike the right balance.

Our Operations Team’s expertise ensures efficient routing, saving you money by choosing the best service lane through our established connections and rates.

Handling seasonal surprises

During the holiday season, unexpected demand surges, delays, and weather disruptions can occur. Our team’s extensive industry experience is crucial for effective contingency planning. Swift adaptation to issues like rerouting due to weather and real-time shipment monitoring is essential for a successful Christmas period.

Jari, Baxter Freight’s Santa

The planning for the festive period starts very early in the year to ensure timely Christmas deliveries and a delightful customer experience.

Heading up the effort is our Operations Director, Jari, who ensures that Christmas trees reach homes across the UK in time for the holiday.

Christmas trees hold a special place in our hearts, symbolizing joy, tradition, and togetherness. Our team works closely with tree distributors, and Jari oversees the trees’ journey across the UK and Europe.

Planning for these deliveries starts as early as October, with over 100,000 trees successfully delivered last year across Denmark, Belgium, France, and the UK.

"It really is the time to start moving goods for Christmas. The toughest bit about the Christmas operation is timing. You have to be on time. We choose hauliers based on the experience we have with them already, the ones we choose are the most trusted. They know what we want and they appreciate we need to keep everyone updated"
Jari Rasmussen
Operations Director

So, in conclusion, planning for Christmas is not just about hanging up stockings and trimming the tree; it’s about ensuring that businesses can thrive during this busy season. A logistics company can be your greatest asset in achieving this. By partnering with a reliable logistics provider, you can streamline operations, reduce costs, meet customer expectations, and navigate the holiday rush with confidence.

So, as the holiday season approaches, remember that the key to a successful and stress-free Christmas lies in meticulous planning and the right logistics partner by your side.

Sustainability
Olivia Hegarty

The path to fossil-free logistics

From electric-powered vehicles to trucks fuelled by vegetable oil. How will logistics become green and impact supply chains? We are beginning to see a shift in sustainable action across all sectors. The logistics sector stands out as a significant contributor to green house gas emissions.

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Established reputation

Our levels of experience and reputation have enabled us to innovate quickly within the industry.

Baxter Freight has been operating and excelling in the UK and Europe for over a decade now. Our leadership has been leading the way in the logistics industry for a lot longer.

We have led the way as the UK went through Brexit and established ourselves as experts in working in Europe. 

Vehicle Types:

Vans: Short wheel-based, Long wheel-based, Extra- long wheel based

Luton vans: Curtainsider, Box, Tail lift, Flatbed

7.5 Tonnes – 18 Tonnes: Curtainsider, Flatbed Box, Rigids, Tail lift, HIAB, Moffett

Artics (44 Tonnes): Box, Tail lift, Flatbed, HIAB, Moffett, Curtainsider

Rigids: Tail lift, Flatbed, HIAB, Moffett

Specialised Vehicles/Trailers: Sliding Roof, Low Loader, Stepframe, Double Decker, Mega, Beavertail, Extendable Flatbed, Super mega Flatbed, Wafer Deck, Container Self-loading, Skeleton, Racked / Open floor trailer, Tanker, Silo, Swap Body, Jumbo (Wagon & Drag), Walking floor, Coil well, Stanchion, Hanging Garment, Frigo

We have access to an extensive network that offers a wide range of vehicle types. If you need something in particular, please do not hesitate to contact us.