With Black Friday falling on Friday 26th November and Cyber Monday on 29th November, Retailers predict selling far more items online than they do during the rest of the year. That puts pressure on the whole supply chain, from inventory to delivery, as goods travel faster and further than ever.
What you can do to ensure you are ahead of the game this Peak Season. Plan with the data you have available. From last year’s peak season to the recent Amazon Prime Day. How efficiently are your processes at present? How quickly did your inventory arrive? Your data will reveal what went right and what could be improved.
Next, you should review your inventory. Once you have a view of what stock you have available as well a prediction of how fast your products will sell then you can optimise accordingly. Finally, review holiday dates, from October to the Christmas holidays, what dates are carriers working?
While many tactical Prime / Black Friday / Cyber Monday preparations still apply, there are several considerations to you should bear in mind.
Below is our handy guide as to how to be prepared and cope with this busy time of year:
Make sure your supply chain has flex. The staff and fuel shortages are having a knock-on effect with delivers, so you need to be a able to react fast. Blade, our software that manages the complete click to delivery process, you can easily switch between carriers to make sure you can overcome any courier capacity of driver shortage issues with ease.
Out of stocks mean missed sales and frustrated customers. So, maintaining good stock levels is an important factor in converting sales on Amazon and your own website. With Blade – our inventory Management Software, we are able to split inventory stock across marketplace platforms so you can clearly mange your stock levels in real time. Especially during a high-traffic events like Amazon Prime Day. In addition, you can manage you inventory stock for various marketplaces in one place as well as track when orders come in, when they are dispatched, and which courier has been used.
With Blade you will have a full view of your stock, marketplaces, orders and shipping rules all in one place. You can download the Blade app on Android and iOS and track your orders on the go.
If at any point you need help our team of in-house specialists can provide support whenever you need it.
Importing your inventory through our seamless process will ensure you have the stock available for the holiday season. As soon as your stock arrives in our warehouse it will be checked in and processed in a timely manner. Meaning you have the stock available to sell as soon as its checked into Blade. Blade automatically updates your marketplaces.