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Bad Weather Presents Challenges for Shippers

December 12, 2023


The trucking industry plays a crucial role in the global economy as it transports goods across long distances. However, bad weather can significantly impact its supply chain, causing delays and disruptions that can ripple throughout the economy. As we head into winter, it’s crucial for shippers to understand the potential impact of severe weather.

Trucks haul containers on road through a snowstorm.

One of the most significant impacts of bad weather on the trucking industry is road closures. Heavy snow or flooding can close major highways and roads, making it extremely difficult for trucks to reach their destinations. This can lead to delays in the delivery of goods, which can have a ripple effect on the entire supply chain.

Bad weather can also cause an increase in demand for certain types of goods. For instance, during a winter storm, consumers may rush to stock up on essentials like food and water. This can lead to an uptick in demand for trucks to transport these goods, putting pressure on the supply chain and potentially causing further delays.

Blue semi-truck driving in winter weather

Moreover, bad weather can result in accidents on the road for truckers. Slippery roads, reduced visibility, and strong winds can make driving conditions hazardous, endangering the truckers. These accidents not only delay shipments but can also lead to damage to the transported goods, resulting in financial losses for both the trucking company and their clients.

According to the US Department of Transportation, bad weather is responsible for approximately 21% of all road accidents (1). With 13.86 million single-unit (2-axle, 6-tire or more) and combination trucks on the road today (2), it is crucial for shippers to be prepared for bad weather. Shippers must put contingency plans in place to minimize the impact on their operations and the broader supply chain.

Truck driver puts chains on the wheels of the big rig semi-truck with semi-trailer on highway during a winter snowstorm.


Know Your Resources

Shippers and truck drivers can prepare for their trips by checking weather forecasts and road conditions in real-time. These helpful websites provide great resources.

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Faster Truck:

Green semi-truck transporting cargo in refrigerator semi-trailer driving in front of convoy moving slowly on winter highway during a snowstorm.

Technology Developments

Technological developments, such as advanced weather modeling and forecasts, allow for more efficient shipping and transportation choices, especially suggestive route optimization and fuel purchasing. While technology continues to improve enabling these insights to be useful in better logistics planning, weather impacts can’t be completely avoided.

Use a Third-Party Logistics Broker

Another way to save time and money when transporting goods in challenging weather conditions is to use a third-party logistics (3PL) broker like Simple Logistics. As a top-tier 3PL, Simple Logistics has the power to swiftly navigate through storms and roadblocks.

“At Simple Logistics, we understand that weather-related logistics challenges can be stressful and time-consuming. That’s why we’re here to help! Our extensive carrier network and resourceful problem-solving ensure that your shipments arrive on time, without you having to worry about finding alternative solutions. You can trust us to be your reliable strategic partner, supporting you every step of the way. So sit back, relax, and let us take care of everything. We’ve got your back!” said Brandon Arnold, Chief Commercial Officer of Simple Logistics.



  • Consolidating shipments – They are always on the lookout for consolidation opportunities that you normally wouldn’t use.
  • Multi-modal options – Simple Logistics is developing creative transportation solutions that can improve capacity options. The team at Simple Logistics is trained to problem solve and get the shipment delivered.
  • Technology support – Armed with a strong TMS system, this attentive freight brokerage team stays on top of any potential problems and responds quickly to get the shipment back on track. Being quick to identify and react to problems can be critical to preventing catastrophic impacts.


Whether your freight lanes are moving across the high winds of I-80 or the Snowy winding roads of the Million Dollar Highway (Colorado) Simple is working with our carriers to utilize industry experience, technology, and an attentive team to minimize the impact of weather disruptions.

Work with a team who will streamline and simplify your logistics, we do the complicated stuff for you. Experience the benefits of shipping with Simple! Call us today at 630-385-7400.

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