Black Friday Logistics Checklist

James Plant

It’s a busy time for everyone involved in supply chains. We’re here to ease the burden.

The Black Friday supply chain is fragile regardless of the extensive and contingency planning. The worst thing that can happen to retailers is running out of stock. Even worse when the stock you run out of is your best seller.
 
We’ve gathered a few tips to help you avoid this pitfall and to make sure you have all your logistical & warehousing bases covered:

It really does pay to be prepared. Well before orders flood in, take stock of your facilities and equipment. If you’re expecting a delivery into your warehouse, then ensure that you’re ready. Get extra forklifts, barcode scanners etc to make sure there are no delays.

By checking your existing stock you can work out if you have sufficient storage in the warehouse. Audit your existing inventory. Move the slow moving stock into temporary storage to free room for the big sellers.

Know where your stock is

You want to be on the same page with your suppliers and logistics providers so you really want to share a demand forecast and projections with them well in advance.

Stock being where it needs to be is a massive challenge for every business regardless of the size. Gathering updates on stock and it’s movements is important at this time of year so if you need to expedite a shipment, you can. Optimise shipping times and extend order cut off points by having stock in prime locations. If you want to ship into Europe, consider utilising a warehouse in Europe itself.

Relationships with partners really do start to pay dividends around Black Friday. The logistics provider you choose will need to have built strong relationships over time with suppliers so that they can leverage them as and when you need changes to schedules or expedited shipments.

Last minute fulfilment requests need to be factored in

Finding a partner who can sort transportation alternatives at the drop of a hat is a saviour when the goalposts move and you need last minute stock delivered. This will help you to avoid losing customers and sales opportunities on the day when people are most willing to spend their disposable income.

Locating and sourcing additional warehouse space is a smart idea, especially if the space is located close to major customers. This can be utilised if sales forecasts and projections miss the mark.

Keeping your logistics provider updated on sales volumes can really help them to be prepared to rescue you when sales go better than expected!

Be sure your warehouses are surge ready

If you are expecting the biggest sales day of the year, which most are, then the warehouses need to be ready to accommodate a serious influx of orders.

Grouping inventory, rating them from fast moving to slow moving makes sense so that they can be picked and packed in the minimum possible time.

Dedicating packing lines to sort packaging, gift wrapping etc will save time when the fast moving orders roll in.

Ask anyone in supply chain and they will be able to tell you a Black Friday nightmare or near miss. Choosing a logistics partner that is well versed in preparing all size businesses for the biggest sales day of the year is a wise decision to help your business thrive.

Are your logistics partners ready?!

You own the entirety of the customer experience, even if you outsource all of your logistics or even just a little bit. If a package is late, it’s on you in the customers eyes. This is why you need to choose a logistics partner that has a trusted and extensive network of suppliers so that whatever your needs or demands, they’re covered.

Whether you need an express van or a Moffet urgently, we have you covered. We’re your reliable partner with a trusted network that ensures your products reach your customers exactly when and where they need them.

Whether you’re looking to handle a single delivery, manage a few pallets, coordinate multiple loads, or require comprehensive project planning, we have the tailored solution for you. Our commitment to excellence ensures that your logistics needs are not just met, but exceeded.

Ask anyone in supply chain and they will be able to tell you a Black Friday nightmare or near miss. Choosing a logistics partner that is well versed in preparing all size businesses for the biggest sales day of the year is a wise decision to help your business thrive.

Contact us to see how we can help make Black Friday easier for you.

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