Retail Merchandiser - November/December 2015 - S8


GEARING UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Reconfigure Layouts
Now is the time to slot hot items to
make order fulfillment more efficient
and avoid bottlenecks. This could
involve a reconfiguration of floor space
to maximize floor space, creating more
room for popular items in the best
locations and/or creating multiple pick
locations for hot items.
During non-peak times, you may
have consolidated your warehouse to
maximize pick time. Now you should
begin preparing that extra space you
might have been holding in reserve.
Areas can simply be enlarged with
additional shelving or may need to be
created from scratch by relocating less
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popular items. Storage alternatives
should likewise be evaluated at this
time. Begin converting available space
and, if necessary, make that call to rent
temporary/modular units for outside of
the warehouse.

Prepare for Shipping
Evaluate expected shipping volumes
and coordinate with carriers for extra
trailers, pick-ups and so on. In 2015,
dimensional rating was a hot topic, as
FedEx and UPS changed how they rate
the cost of shipping to using both carton dimensions as well as weight. Make
sure that you are shipping items in the
smallest cartons possible (this is where

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a cartonization process can help) and
that you have plenty of shipping boxes,
envelopes, etc., on hand.
The holiday season is just upon us,
and now you need to be prepared. It's
never too early to begin inspecting
equipment, considering a more efficient
floor layout and training/cross-training
staff. Actions you take today will go a
long way in making the upcoming rush
run as smoothly as possible, and you
might even be able to relax and enjoy
the holidays a little yourself. O
Jerry List is vice president of QC
Software. Contact him at 877.984.1101
or jerrylist@qcsoftware.com.


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