Last Minute Prep For The Holiday Warehouse Rush
Warehouse management means being ready for the holiday shipping season. Here are some holiday tips:
Assess Your Facilities
Even if you can’t add new equipment or racks, you can make sure that the facilities you will be working in are clean and maintained. Ask staff for suggestions on making picking, packaging, and outbound processes work the way they should so your setup is suitable for your staff to accomplish their assigned tasks. Look at the snags in the flow of operations and eliminate them now before things get busier and you have no time to do it.
Get Your Team Ready
Evaluate last year’s holiday season and determine if this year needs to different. Do you need more temporary staff? Do you need extra training sessions for new processes? Do you have the work schedules and vacation days established? Keeping all team members informed and prepared means a safer, more efficient facility that can handle the extra load of the holiday season.
Post-holiday returns and the post-holiday promotions come after the holiday rush. Keeping inventory status up to date gives your representatives the opportunity to see what is open to sell and reduce overstock. Since there invariably will be merchandise that doesn’t sell, plan your strategies for dealing with it.
Reward Your People
Delight customers with simple things like a free sample included in shipments. You can also keep your employees motivated by expressing appreciation for their efforts with holiday bonuses, free lunches, and other rewards during this hectic season. Plan now for what you will do so that you are ready when the holiday season hits.
Confirm Delivery Windows
Don’t assume you know what your carriers will be doing this season. Make sure you know the delivery windows for this year so you can keep your ordering windows accurate. Your website, call center scripts, and any other media need to all be up to date so problems are avoided.
One thing that is sure about the future is that there will be unexpected issues affecting your business. It might be a winter storm or a train derailment or something else but there will undoubtedly be something. You can’t avoid all problems but you can have contingency plans in place. Secondary delivery routes, alternative vendors, and other emergency procedures give you fast options when you need them.
ChainDrive Warehouse Management software equips you by integrating all your data and making it accessible so you can prep now for the busy time ahead.