Protect your shipments from weather extremes

Identify your at-risk shipments in a single glance

Use weather forecasts to manage your weather-sensitive shipments

Avoid product returns and bad reviews by aligning your shipping dates to favorable weather conditions. Import your existing shipping lists into the simple, web-based interface, and Shipment Weather will automatically identify at-risk shipments. Shipment Weather will also offer suggested adjustments based on weather criteria that are specific for your product. Our easy-to-use shipping calendar view will make you a shipping hero in minutes, and your cost is only pennies per shipment.

How can I manage the weather risk for my shipments?

Shipment weather allows you to easily verify that the weather at the destination for all your shipments is the optimal conditions for your products to arrive in perfect condition. There are four simple and fast steps:

  1. Create per-product thresholds for the weather conditions that affect your products such as high or low temperatures, humidity or rainfall.
  2. Then import your upcoming shipments into Shipment Weather and the system will analyze the weather forecast data.
  3. The product will identify any shipment that meets one or more exception condition such as the product arriving in excessive heat or cold.
  4. Modify the delivery date or identify any mitigating action to ensure at risk deliveries arrive in the optimal condition.

Built on trusted weather data

Shipment Weather is powered by the Visual Crossing Weather Data platform which is designed to provide the most accurate weather data available.

By utilizing Visual Crossing Weather, you can instantly and accurately find the weather forecast and trends for every single delivery location on your list. Shipment Weather will sort and highlight the locations which do not meet your weather thresholds and offer suggestions that fit within your limits.

Matching delivery locations to high quality weather data requires a solution that was designed for the task. The first requirement is a forecast that is clean, consistent, and accurate.

Save hours in shipment time

Shipment Weather's unique approach allows you to quickly analyze the expected weather at 1000s of shipment destinations. A shipment manager can save hours of time versus manually weather lookup and avoid countless returns, bad reviews, and lost customers. The benefit add up in your product reputation, customer satisfaction scores, and bottom line.

Order-based weather calendar

View 1000s of forecasts in simple calendar view of all delivery locations. High-quality weather data enables you to choose a customized, optimal delivery date suited for your products.

Custom weather rules

Define weather-based rules for what is acceptable for a delivery. Define rules such as "Do not ship", "Ship in ice" for any value range or classification of weather that suits your needs.

Export shipping changes

Identify and export orders that are at-risk and require action. Includes the ability to export, share and take action on a highly targeted list of orders where the weather was flagged as unacceptable.

Early warning of delays

Detect delivery problems and identify estimated delays before they occur to ensure a successful delivery and a delighted customer.

Easy order import

Import your existing shipment list in any format and export a spreadsheet of the results for further analysis or processing in tools such as Excel or your shipper’s management system.

Targeted forecast

Use detailed weather forecasts optimized to your exact delivery addresses. Don't guess delivery weather with generalized forecasts based on city or zip code alone.

Use weather science to protect your sensitive shipments

Wine can be damaged by extreme temperatures

Wine, Beer and other Fine Beverages

Shippers of wine, beer and other beverages have a reputation that relies on delivering high-quality products to every customer in every shipment. Even smaller vendors thrive by delighting customers across the country and around the world. Visual Crossing Shipment Weather allows you to ensure that your sensitive beverages are delivered within the ideal temperature range no matter where your customers reside.

Shipping temperatures as low as 70 degrees can begin to spoil your beverage and change the product that your reputation relies upon. You can’t risk delivering a beer that has oxidized or a wine that has a lifeless or acidic taste to it. These types of mistakes and lack of quality control can destroy a brand and ultimately a business.

To combat this, wine and beer makers and distributors need to add a level of intelligence to their shipping. While you can manually look up the weather forecast for one or two locations, your time is too valuable to manually review the weather for every shipment every day. Visual Crossing Shipment Weather enables beverage makers and distributors to quickly look up thousands of forecasts for every shipment destination and date. In a few minutes, shippers can view which of their deliveries are at-risk from heat or cold. For shipments that are at risk, a few clicks will move them to automatically recommended safe delivery dates.

Reduce spoilage by identifying weather risks

Delicate Chocolates, Candies and Confections

Fine Chocolates and Candies base their business on the quality of their products. Freshness, quality ingredients, lack of preservatives and delicate taste and presentation. All of these great attributes are also the same reasons why shipping of these treats are a challenge for businesses. Ingredients of chocolate, marshmallow and gummy jellies can begin to melt above 75 degrees. Some candies may crack or take on a greasy texture after exposure to heat or extreme cold. Humidity, precipitation and other weather factors can also play a role in your delivery.

Melted, messy candy or those that have an altered taste can greatly affect businesses who don’t take the care to manage shipping temperatures. High return costs, high shipping costs and loss of reputation and business are just a few costly results for ignoring mother nature. The most common solution to these problems is often to choose a faster and more expensive shipment method. Faster shipping may reduce risk and time exposure but do not guarantee a high-quality delivery. Cold-packing and overnight shipping helps but often the cost to ship with ice can cost as much as the product they are purchasing.

The Visual Crossing Shipping solution shows all of your delivery times and locations in a single view and can be created for any weather variable such as hi/low temperatures, humidity, precipitation and much more. Our weather forecast calendar allows you to set specific trigger thresholds based on your exact products and requirements.   Simply click to get a more detailed forecast for destinations that fall outside your requirements and move the delivery to a day with more favorable conditions. Using this information to pick a safe delivery window & efficiently choose shipping methods will greatly enhance any candy business. Customers will greatly appreciate your attention to the quality of their order by alerting them to the conditions that make their delivery successful. Now, even the smallest of candy makers can provide the same high quality deliveries without taking on a significant cost.

Prescriptions and medications can be damaged by adverse weather

Prescription Drugs

The potency of pharmaceuticals is often sensitive to extremes of heat and cold as well as humidity. While certain medicines must be shipped with a cold chain protocol, many others are shipped by more traditional means yet their shipment requires planning to avoid extremes. One of the most risky portions of the direct-to-consumer medicine delivery chain is the final day when the product may be sitting in a delivery truck or on a customer’s porch in the cold or heat.

Visual Crossing Shipment Weather allows you to see the forecast ahead for your delivery destinations and make the required adjustments to ensure that patients receive their packages in acceptable temperature conditions. Our interface allows you to define the exception conditions based on a shipment’s exact needs, see the forecast for the destination, and then adjust the delivery options in real time. If extreme conditions are in the forecast for the destination, you can choose to alter the delivery date, change the packaging to better protect the product, or even notify the customer to ensure that someone is home to immediately process the delivery.

Shipping plants and other live good requires careful planning

Flowers, Plants and Live Shipments

Extreme weather conditions are a shipping limitation for nearly all live product delivery businesses. For items such as live plants, cut flowers, and live animals, the shipping times and delivery conditions must be managed carefully so as to not damage the product or kill the living creature being shipped. Whether you are shipping worms to gardeners or helping a pet bird reach a new home, knowing an accurate weather forecast for the delivery location and date is critical. There is no more certain way to receive a customer complaint and a bad review then to deliver dead plants or animals to an expectant customer.

With hundreds of millions of flowers shipped annually, delighting customers with fresh, vibrant blossoms year-round is a mainstay of the floral industry. One crucial difference between a delighted recipient and a droopy bouquet is the "last mile" of the shipping chain. Recommended temperatures vary based on the type of flowers, but extremes of either hot or cold create high risk and customer complaints. Also, shipping via a service that can minimize latency at the depots in the chain can be a helpful part of the solution. Knowing the legal rules required for the destination state or country are also critical and vary widely. Finally, make sure to carefully pack and label your plants to ensure proper handling and protection from the elements throughout their travels.

Also remember that live plants and animals typically require additional shipping forms and certifications especially if they are being shipped across borders. If you want to ensure that your living items arrive on the designated date with appropriate weather found via Visual Crossing Weather Shipper, you must take care to ensure that your package doesn’t get held up due to paperwork delays or unexpected fees. So make sure that you check your shipper’s policy and legal requirements carefully.