Every sector has peak seasons where planning and preparation need to happen. In the supply chain, major events and peak seasons are huge – ranging from back to school shopping for department and retail stores to Super Bowl Sunday for grocery and food market sectors.
These are more than just stressors, they can represent peak income time for a corporation. Instead of struggling through, why not knock it out of the park?
Prior Planning and Proactivity
It’s all about proactivity. Starting late can hurt your company, stress employees, and also damage your brand reputation. Instead of just going with your gut, collect and analyze data from previous peak cycles while preparing for any unforeseen challenges.
When a company is proactive, they can examine previous data and plan for specific products that get higher priority during peak events. Throughout the event, the team can then scale up or down appropriately to meet present needs.
Without past data, you will have more difficulty identifying weak points in your system. But by performing stress tests, you can simulate your system running at peak volume before the rush starts – predicting weak spots that might occur.
Some seasonal events, holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, are recurring so planning and proactive measures can become evergreen.
Staffing for Major Events
During certain peak seasons, some stores earn almost 20 percent of their annual sales. For 2017, the NRF projected holiday sales grew on average to 4 percent.
When you approach peak seasons, you want to make sure employees are staffed in the right bottleneck areas to handle the upcoming rush. When running an automated system, even a lean team can handle any rush that comes their way – it just takes the right preparation.
Once you’ve reached the right implementation of staff, build team motivation by setting group benchmarks and KPIs that your team can utilize.
Adapt and Analyze
With WAMAS®, the WMS solution from SSI SCHAEFER, you can learn from your own processes by using analytics tools to visualize data, monitor product flow, and manage inventory. While data analysis takes a lot of weight off your shoulders, you should also have a flexible strategy that can help optimize any supply chain disruptions.
After all, it’s not just cultural events. A natural disaster or a new product craze could change everything for your supply chain.
No matter what the situation calls for, WAMAS is the reliable warehouse management system designed for both manual and automated operations that can help you stay afloat during peak events.