The transport strike has been the predominant factor among land transport companies in recent weeks. And not only there; The difficulties that it caused during the most active days of the conflict put the supply chains of numerous companies and sectors in jeopardy. Some of them as delicate as food, which resulted in visits to the supermarket in which all the usual products were not found.
A week after it has been called off, the consequences of it are still kicking in. The deliveries have not been fully normalized and there is still accumulated activity
Difficulties of land transport companies after the strike
During the days of the strike, the most affected populations have continued to be recipients of merchandise from other places. The merchandise may not have left its origin or it may have reached the destination warehouse, but without being able to distribute it. In either of the two cases, we find that during all those days the amount of merchandise to be delivered has been accumulating.
For this reason, day 1 after the strike will not mean a return to normality. It’s always going to be a while until delivery companies can digest all that excess volume. In addition, in a strike like the one that has taken place in Spain, where the follow-up has been very uneven depending on the population, there is going to be a significant variation between some destinations and others.
Arranged delivery dates
One of the most common delivery modalities is concerted delivery. That is, those that have a fixed day and hours. This typology is very frequent, especially in large consumption, where centers have to deal with many receipts of merchandise and need to organize their flow. The strike has two effects on this: accumulation of deliveries and new appointments.
Regarding the accumulation, the delay can cause some of the deliveries rather than accumulate, causing subsequent orders to be postponed. However, this will not always be the case. For example, merchandise from different suppliers will accumulate, in which this possible delay of subsequent orders does not affect.
Regarding rescheduling appointments, this entails an administrative effort that, in addition, will be more complex operationally due to the overload of merchandise.
Availability of vehicles and drivers for ground transportation companies
During normal times, in the Spanish logistics park, land transport companies have contacts, trusted freelancers and vehicles that they know they can turn to at work peaks to meet their needs. However, the strike has meant that all land transport companies have to use this type of collaborator at the same time. Making it impossible for them to supply for all the trips to be made.
The freight exchanges have been a true reflection of this situation, testifying to the excess loads available for contracting, but not being able to match this supply and demand, due to the imbalance between the freight to be carried out and the physical means available for it.