Holiday season is upon us, and with it comes a great deal of stress for business workers everywhere. Warehouse operators have to keep up with the demand, retail workers have to help long lines of harried customers, and small business owners need to keep up with this year’s trends. Fortunately for warehouse managers, there are a few simple steps you can follow to prepare your warehouse for the rush.
Switch to automated inventory management systems.
Organization is the make-or-break factor when it comes to holiday shoppers. You should be aware of how much product you need, where the product is coming from, where the product is going, and the steps that need to occur to make these things happen.
In this day and age, there are so many inventory management software types that it would be silly not to use them. Human records have the potential for human error. With a digital management system, you can track changes and see everything necessary in real time. There’s less room for mistakes and human error because everybody is on the same page.
Raise your storage fees to prevent merchants from overstocking.
Overstocking is a big problem during the holiday season. Overconfident sellers will order much more product than they need. Said product then takes up too much room in your warehouse, room that could be used for other things.
Raising your prices during the holidays is a good way to make merchants think twice about what they store. It reduces the chances of overstocking issues.
Prepare your workers and hire temporary seasonal work.
Simply adding more hours won’t prepare your current workforce for the rush. You should have special training time set aside for your employees, so they know what to expect during the holidays. You should also bring in experienced seasonal workers to take care of the bigger workload. Use your shipping and sales figures from last year to estimate this year’s needs.
Organize your warehouse with barcode technology.
Barcodes are just as useful in the warehouse as they are in huge stores. If all your items are tagged and filed on the appropriately coded shelf, they’ll be easy to find. You have a much lower chance of disorganization causing lost items and profits.
Your workers can even use a central database to plot the most efficient warehouse route to pick up their products. This helps to cut down on wasted time, which is essential during the busy holiday season.
As long as you stay organized, delegate responsibilities, and have a realistic expectation of your workload, you should be able to handle the holiday rush this season.