As monsoon season engulfs the country, the sights of water-filled potholes, dancing peacocks, and swaying trees fill us with joy. But, as the heavens open, one thing often slows down - our deliveries. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “Why is my order late?“, read on as we unveil the mystery behind monsoon and its impact on logistics.
Heavy rains during the monsoon season can wreak havoc on roads, bridges, and infrastructure, making the journey of transport trucks an ordeal. Potholes multiply, roads flood, and bridges become unsafe. But it's not just about the weather; it's about the cascading effect it has on trucking and logistics.
Did you know that heavy rainfall can increase trucking prices by up to 15%? According to national data, the Northern region faces a delay rate of 25% during monsoons, whereas the Southern region experiences a 40% increase in transportation time.
Meet Ramesh, a truck driver, who’s been navigating these challenging terrains for over a decade. “During monsoon, we face flooded roads, landslides in hilly areas, and potholes that appear out of nowhere. We have to be extra careful to ensure we deliver the goods safely. Sometimes, that means delays,” he explains.On his latest trip from Delhi to Mumbai, a journey that typically takes 3 days, Ramesh had to combat heavy downpours and even take a detour due to a landslide, extending his journey by an extra day. That’s one day of delay for every three - a significant percentage in delivery delay.
Transport companies and logistics companies in India face a herculean task during monsoons. From rerouting trucks to constant monitoring and coordination, the challenges are many. But innovation and proactive planning can alleviate some of these issues.
At Raaho, we have observed a 20% reduction in delay rates through real-time tracking and dynamic planning. The secret? Understanding the problem and finding smart solutions.
While businesses do their best to ensure timely deliveries, as consumers, we can also help in the process. How?
Monsoons bring a unique set of challenges to the logistics industry, from road damage to the increased cost of operations. The unseen heroes of this industry – the planners, drivers, and support staff – work tirelessly with innovative solutions, strategic planning, and collaboration to overcome these obstacles.
The next time your delivery is delayed during the monsoon season, remember the hidden battles being fought behind the scenes. Companies like Raaho are continually evolving and finding new ways to ensure that the wheels of our daily lives keep turning, even when the skies open up.