Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Tips for Supply Chain Optimisation – Seasonal Peaks

Having systems in place to handle seasonal peaks keeps your supply chain optimised all year round. Knowing what your facility boundaries are will help you to define areas that could be repurposed and used for product storage to improve the capacity of the space during the peak periods. This is just one of the ways to avoid the problem of exceeding the warehouse capacity during peak times. Here are a few more tips that prove to be invaluable.
  • Use a quality initiative such as the 5S, Lean or alternative system. Using continuous improvements tools that strap line the space and eliminate waste throughout your business processes could remove the need to use overflow space.
  • Sort out your temporary staffing in advance of the peak periods. Know exactly where to find the additional help and organise the working arrangements in advance so the peak period staffing is in place in time.
  • Check your equipment to ensure it is in good condition and full working order before the peak period begins. Take the slow times to organise the maintenance and repairs and analyse what new equipment you need to order or lease to handle the larger volumes.
  • Consider the benefits of cross docking or deconsolidation. Cross docking removes the need to wait for the receiving and putaway processes to be completed before you’re able to unload, stage and reload. Deconsolidation centres can be used as the port of entry for set products that can be sent directly on to their final destination.
  • Sort out your plan B of using carriers to provide the extra support during the peak period. Downtime periods can be used to check out the services of the carriers to find the right one you can depend on.
  • Get to know what options you have available in emergency situations. Knowing the emergency options can help you to avoid disruptions during your busiest times.  Investigate the expedited services including sea, air, and trucking.

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