Do you know what time of the year it is? Christmas Time!! Yes, the holidays are here again. All the festivities, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Eve have come knocking at our door. Boy, could we not wait for 2020 to be over. It has also been almost a year since the Covid-19 first hit us globally.
The good news is, there are already several vaccines down the line. At least two of them have already been approved for mass distribution. However, in 2020 as it has been, the vaccine distribution is a very complicated and challenging feat. Sadly, the vaccine doesn’t contract from person to person, making it available for seven billion people is a logistical nightmare.
The world hasn’t yet recovered from the lockdown, with many countries impacted at different times during the pandemic. The ports are working at less than full capacity, and the backlogs for many ports still dates back to the start of the pandemic.
With that in mind, Christmas and New Year shopping demands have arrived, buying Christmas trees online, Santa’s gifts, and party supplies have hit! Can you even imagine how crazy the shipping industry around the world currently? In this article we will explore how to logistics systems can operate under the 2020 holiday season.
- Christmas Logistics Management
Here are some rules you shall keep in mind to improve logistics and supply chain management during Christmas and the New Year.
- Control & Planning
Even before the orders come pouring into your stores and websites, you should start planning way ahead. You should build a forecasted model that will help you understand your upcoming demands and actually how much of it you can effectively deliver. Yes, we have limits, accept it, and make sure you have control over the whole chain, be it supply, demand, storing, shipping, packaging, transportation, payment, and delivery.
- Data and Digitization
You need data analytics to understand how your demand and supply function at busier times of year. It’s crucial to find precisely when you need to ship products, when the customers actually receive them and the kinds of key variables that affect your supply chain.
To understand the trends, optimum cycles, customer patterns, and can use data to plan your actions and better monitor transport and warehouse mangement system’s. Capturing such data allows you to better predict the future and assists you in finding the best course of action when entering the Christmas period.
- Training and Relations
The chances are almost none of your employees and partners, have been part of a key logistics training program at some point in their career, however sometimes key people need to keep an eye on the latest developments and could use with more education. Ensuring that all of your staff and wider team understands the importance of training can seriously benefit your organization when the pressure of holiday seasons is upon them . For digitization effectiveness, you need to ensure you have good team rapport and know how to keep up to date with the latest supply chain functions, systems and trends. Every team member needs to know the importance of continued education throughout the course of their career.