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20-Point Checklist To Prepare Your Supply Chain for the Holiday Rush [Infographic]

by Peter Edlund

If you work in supply chain management, you know that planning for the holidays doesn't being during the "Holiday Season" - it starts many months earlier. From analyzing customer purchasing behavior to making projections for the hottest products, increasing production on popular items, and incorporating redundancies into transportation networks to ensure on time delivery.

Holiday Season Pushes Supply Chains to the Max

The holiday season pushes everyone’s supply chain management to the max. Therefore it’s time to take a hard look at what’s working and what’s not in order to make the necessary adjustments  for this year's holiday rush.

If you're not fully automated, now is the time to assess how automation might improve your supply chain.If you're already automated, use the checklist below to review where you needed manual intervention to fix a problem in the past, and what can be done to prevent it from happening again this yearyear.

To help you perform your own holiday season assessment, we’ve developed quick a 25-Point Checkup for Retailers and a 25-Point Checkup for Suppliers. 

25-POINT HOLIDAY CHECKLIST FOR RETAILERS 

 

25-POINT HOLIDAY CHECKLIST FOR SUPPLIERS

 


 

Share Your Never Again to Positive Ending Story 

I’d like to invite you to share your own Lessons Learned: From Never Again to Positive Ending stories with us. We want to hear about a problem you faced during the holiday rush that you were able to turn around and improve for the future. All participants will be entered into a drawing for an $100 Visa Giftcard and we’ll share the best stories with everyone here. 

  • Have you ever experienced a challenge during holiday season where you said to yourself ‘never again will we handle it this way?’ (Briefly describe what happened).

  • What improvements did you make to your supply chain so that you didn’t have the same issues?

  • What happened? Was your next holiday season more successful?

The holiday rush is literally upon us. We know that it’s a trying time for both suppliers and retailers, but it can also be a critical time to evaluate improvements to make your supply chain more efficient and effective.