Is Your Distribution Center Ready For The Peak Season?

As we head into the fall months, the holiday season is inching ever closer, and retailers and logistics partners need to kick their preparations into high gear. How can you brace your distribution center for the coming storm?

The most important piece of advice is to start early. If you haven’t already begun your preparations yet, you cannot afford to put it off any longer. The best companies start planning three to five months before the peak season so they can stave off any potential risks and make sure new processes are firmly in place and running smoothly.

Take A Serious Look At Your Equipment And Procedures

It’s also a good time to take a look at the last few busy seasons and try to spot and weaknesses or holdups in your records so you have a good plan in place to prevent these issues or deal with them should they arise. You should also ensure you have procedures in place to keep track of events like equipment malfunctioning or other order flow issues.

One thing that should not be overlooked is your maintenance cycles. There will be some areas where maintenance intervals could benefit from being increased. You’ll want to scrutinize all of the components of your equipment, particularly those that are likely to incur wear and tear when the season kicks into high gear, such as sensors, belt alignments, and cabling. Stock up on replacement and spare parts that you might need so you won’t have to wait for a supplier to send it at a critical time.

Having a thorough plan is vital. However, despite your best efforts and the most exhaustive preparations, things are still going to go awry at some point. Have an emergency response plan ready so that you’ll have all of the right parts and experts to deal with issues swiftly.

This blog post was based off an article from Inbound Logistics. View the original here.