Peak season is upon us, and that means that retailers across the country are ramping up their operations in preparation for higher customer demand. In recent years, managing peak season has become more challenging. With the rise of eCommerce, there’s an increased volume of orders, which creates space, staffing, and infrastructure issues. On top of that, customers expect short shipping windows — such as next-day or two-day deliveries — and the labor market is typically tighter during peak season because all retailers compete for the same talent.
Holiday peak season is nearly upon us in the distribution world. Your multi-channel operations are most likely receiving holiday product as you read this. Hopefully, you’ve got a plan, but here are a few last-minute questions to ask yourself:
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Challenges in warehouse environments today have been rapid. Customers are demanding far more services, and those have been pushed up the supply chain to distribution centers that have not had to deal with these tasks previously. The days of unloading pallets, storing, getting orders, labeling and shipping those pallets out are becoming more and more rare. With the introduction of different forms of value-added services and drop ship programs, today’s warehouses have had to become far more nimble than in the past.
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Many people across the country are experiencing a labor shortage. Unemployment in many cities is at an all-time low. There is pressure in new competition as more and more facilities are constructed, and rising wage pressures. When it comes to positions in warehouses and distribution centers, there are some additional challenges that we all face in getting employees for both hours and management positions. However, one thing to consider is that many companies have policies that may be contributing to their shortages of employees.
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