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Tis’ the Season – seasonal storage

With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at an issue affecting many commercial warehouses at this time of the year—seasonal storage. It is often difficult to judge how much seasonal stock you should order, in order to meet demand. Most of the time warehouses find themselves left with excess stock in the off-season. Some of that stock will be obsolete by the same time the following year. However other seasonal stock, such as Christmas decorations, can be held over year to year. You might only be affected by one seasonal change, or you might be continually rotating different seasonal stock. What ever your situation, how do you deal with your seasonal supply once the season is over?

 

Seasonal peaks

Seasonal stock comes in all shapes and sizes and is the result of seasonal peaks. Seasonal peaks can range from special holidays, to the weather affected seasons of summer and winter.

 

Examples of common seasonal peaks and stock:

  • Holidays
    • Christmas trees and decorations
    • Australia Day paraphernalia
    • Easter accessories
  • Back to school
    • Stationary
    • School uniforms
    • School equipment
  • New years resolutions
    • Exercise equipment
    • Nicotine patches
    • Organisational furniture and accessories
  • Event seasons
    • Sports clothing and equipment
    • Fan gear
    • Festival paraphernalia
  • Weather seasons
    • Clothing
    • Bedding
    • Appliances—heaters, fans, etc.

 

The ebb and flow

Due to the nature of seasonal peaks, the cycle is never ending. Planning the storage of seasonal goods in a one-level warehouse can make picking goods very complicated, if there are products in the way of those currently in demand. Christmas trees, for example, can be quite bulky and can hinder working practices if left in the main picking area throughout the off-season. In operations such as direct-to-consumer or small order fulfilment, most items are picked from pick lines that incorporate broken boxes. Poor storage solutions can lead to a sporadic spread of seasonal stock throughout the warehouse, instead of organised together in the one spot.

 

How a mezzanine floor can help

Unfortunately most businesses don’t think about what to do with their seasonal stock, until the season is over. It is then that they discover they are left to find solutions. If you run a dynamic business with rapidly changing needs based on the demands of seasonal fluctuations, you need a warehouse storage solution that can adapt equally fast. That’s where a mezzanine floor becomes the perfect solution to dealing with your seasonal stock. A properly designed mezzanine floor will assist greatly with stock rotation when you have more than one or two seasonal peaks. As each new season starts, the stored stock can be rolled out to the main floor. Then the left over stock from the previous season can take its place. Even if your warehouse moves slower you will benefit from storing your seasonal stock out of sight and out of mind, until it is needed. The seasonal stock can be wrapped and labelled at the time of storage and then counted quickly at stock take time. Additionally it will keep the stock isolated, reducing the opportunities for any incidental damage to occur. Seasonal stock can be a nightmare. However incorporating a mezzanine floor to store your seasonal supply, means you won’t get caught out when your current seasonal spike is over.

 

The overflow caused by seasonal peaks needs to be managed effectively to make the most of your storage space and employees time. A mezzanine floor can make the problem of what to do with seasonal overflow a thing of the past. Be proactive and plan now for your next seasonal change over, by calling Dynamic Warehouse Solutions and talking to our friendly staff today.

 

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