While for many people the holidays are fraught with excitement, many companies – especially fulfillment service providers that manage a large amount of inventory – can fall into disorganization and stress during this season.
Fortunately, warehouse management does not have to be a nail in your proverbial coffin. Here are few tips to help you keep your warehouse running at peak shape throughout the holidays:
Consider Inventory Placement
If there are specific items — perhaps seasonal or clearance-related — that may prove to be far more popular than others during the holiday season, you may want to strategically place them in the warehouse to optimize everyone’s time.
Yes, this may mean that you need to do some heavy-lifting to move them now; but that should help you save a lot more time in the long run when people are grabbing those items to fulfill orders.
Use Web-based Software, Not Excel Files
If you are tracking purchases, inventory amounts, and orders through an Excel file, I have a better option for you: online software!
Web-based software for accepting, managing, and fulfilling orders can be affordable and easy to use.
Sure, moving to a different system may mean that your team needs to learn a new process; but the benefits far outweigh any temporary speed-bumps during the transition. Here are a few:
- Access the system at any time, from anywhere, via any web browser
- Automatically generate pick tickets, shipping labels, and more
- Set up automated email alert notifications in regards to backorders, reorder points, shipping notices and more
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Keep the Lines of Communication Open
During the holiday season, sales and marketing teams are doing all they can to generate as much business as possible. This may mean that they are dreaming up and implementing ideas at the last-minute — including discounts and other promotions.
If you are responsible for ensuring that your warehouse can fulfill orders on-time during the holiday season, make sure to keep an open line of communication with the marketing and sales departments. You may need to be aggressive (and perhaps even a bit annoying) in order to be sure that you know about any promotions that will affect your workload.
Remember the chaos will pass by eventually
Sales is an ebb and flow business. The busy holiday season may no doubt mean longer days & nights, as well as many stressful moments as you work on packaging and shipping orders.
However, keep in mind that everything your doing will help your company… and that your hard work in getting an order out the door on time will put a smile on the face of someone, somewhere.
And of course, don’t forget that the busy season only lasts for so long.