How Blue Star Packing Plans for Shipping Courier Disruptions

Aug 16, 2023

As a leading logistics and shipping solutions provider, Blue Star Packing understands the critical importance of maintaining uninterrupted operations, especially during times of potential disruptions like the threat of the recent UPS strike. With UPS being a major player in the transportation industry, a strike of such magnitude could have far-reaching consequences for businesses and the global economy alike. In this article, we will explore how Blue Star Packing can help your business prepare for and mitigate the impact of big carrier strikes, ensuring business continuity and customer satisfaction.

Diversifying Shipping Providers for Resilience

One of the key strategies to prepare for a carrier strike or major disruption is to cast a wide net and establish relationships with various shipping providers. While UPS is a major carrier, relying solely on them for all your shipping needs may leave your business vulnerable during a strike. Blue Star Packing recommends forging connections with both larger carriers and smaller shipping companies to create a diversified carrier strategy. Here are just 20 that we work with.

  1. UPS

  2. FedEx

  3. DHL

  4. USPS

  5. Kuehne + Nagel

  6. XPO Logistics

  7. C.H. Robinson

  8. Flexport

  9. DSV Freight Forwarding

  10. GEODIS

  11. SHIPIT Logistics

  12.  Expeditors

  13. AIR 7 SEAS Transport Logistics

  14. DB Schenker

  15. CEVA Logistics

  16. Agility Logistics

  17. Ryder

  18. ArcBest

  19. Old Dominion Freight Line

  20. Saia

In times of disruption, having multiple shipping partners allows you to redirect shipments to alternative carriers, ensuring that your customers receive their packages on time. Our team at Blue Star Packing can help you identify reliable and efficient shipping partners, offering flexible solutions to accommodate your business's unique requirements.

Understanding the Terms and Conditions of Carrier Contracts

During big carrier strikes and disruptions, the increased demand for alternative carriers can lead to higher shipping rates. Blue Star Packing advises businesses to anticipate these potential cost escalations and plan accordingly. While switching to smaller carriers may be necessary, our team will work closely with you to identify cost-saving measures and negotiate favorable shipping rates, even during periods of disruption.

Anticipating and Managing Higher Delivery Costs

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Order Management to Ensure Inventory Stability

Disruptions in the supply chain due to transportation issues can result in production delays and inventory shortages. Being proactive and maintaining adequate stock levels before the strike deadline is crucial to minimize the impact on your business operations. Blue Star Packing can help you strategize and optimize your inventory management, ensuring you have the necessary products on hand to meet customer demands, even during challenging times.

Transparent Communication with Customers

Nobody likes bad news, but exceptional customer service is paramount during disruptions. Maintaining open and transparent communication with your customers can build trust and loyalty. Blue Star Packing recommends using email newsletters, website updates, and social media to promptly inform customers about any expected delays or changes in services. Our team can assist you in crafting effective communication strategies to keep your customers informed and reassured.

Preparing for Additional Fallout and Contingency Planning

In the face of potential economic impacts that could have resulted from a UPS strike, it is prudent to evaluate the resilience of your supply chain and identify areas for improvement. Blue Star Packing offers comprehensive supply chain assessments and contingency planning services to minimize the disruptions caused by any future strikes.

We understand that each business is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to handling carrier disruptions and strikes. That's why our team of experienced logistics experts at Blue Star Packing is dedicated to tailoring solutions to meet your specific needs. With our proactive approach and commitment to customer satisfaction, you can trust us to navigate through disruptions effectively.


Although the UPS strike was averted, businesses must take proactive steps to ensure continuity in their operations. Blue Star Packing, with its vast expertise in logistics and shipping solutions, stands ready to be your reliable partner during challenging times. By diversifying shipping providers, understanding carrier contracts, anticipating higher delivery costs, maintaining adequate inventory, and communicating transparently with customers, we help your business navigate through disruptions with confidence.

At Blue Star Packing, we believe that preparedness is the key to overcoming disruptions, and we are committed to ensuring your business's success, regardless of the challenges that may arise. Let us be your strategic partner in building a resilient and efficient shipping and logistics framework. Contact us today to discuss your specific needs and take the first step towards securing your business's future.