Gear up for Growth: Essential Tips for Spring and Summer Freight Planning

As the seasons change, so do the dynamics of the trucking logistics market. Spring and summer bring about unique challenges and opportunities for businesses looking to optimize their freight planning. At Ascent Specialized, we’re here to ensure you’re fully prepared to navigate these seasonal shifts and position your business for growth. Here are our essential tips for effective spring and summer freight planning:

1. Anticipate Seasonal Demand

Spring and summer are notorious for fluctuations in demand across various industries. Whether you are in agricultural gearing up for planting or in construction preparing for ground breaking, understanding these patterns is crucial for planning your trucking needs. Start by reviewing your previous years’ data to identify trends and prepare for the uptick in demand.

2. Plan Ahead for Capacity

With increased demand comes the challenge of securing sufficient capacity. To avoid last-minute scrambling, engage with your freight logistics partner well in advance. At Ascent Specialized, we recommend discussing your upcoming needs early on to ensure we can allocate the right carriers and the right resources to avoid potential bottlenecks.

3. Stay Flexible with Routing

Summer often brings road construction projects, which can impact shipping routes and schedules. Having a partner that offers flexible routing options and proactive communication can make all the difference. Our team at Ascent Specialized continuously monitors DOT websites to adjust routes as needed, ensuring timely deliveries.

4. Optimize for Efficiency

Efficiency in freight logistics isn’t just about moving goods from point A to point B; it’s about doing so in the most cost-effective way. Consider consolidating shipments or exploring less-than-truckload (LTL) options for smaller deliveries. Leveraging technology for route optimization and load planning can also drive significant efficiencies and cost savings.

5. Prepare for Regulatory Changes

Spring and summer often see new regulations or enforcement periods come into effect. Staying updated on regulations and compliance is vital to avoid disruptions. Partner with a provider like Ascent Specialized, who stays on top of regulatory updates and ensures compliance across all shipments.

6. Focus on Communication

Clear, continuous communication with your logistics partner is key, especially during the busier seasons. Regular check-ins allow for adjustments to be made in real-time and for any challenges to be addressed promptly. Our team prioritizes transparency and open lines of communication, keeping you informed every step of the way.


When it comes to preparing for seasonal demand, our team is on standby, ready to assist. Contact us today to discuss your needs and let us show you the Ascent Specialized difference.