Snow Blowers in Spring: Distribution Center Managers Learn to Combat Seasonality in the Warehouse
A three step approach with timely examples will show distribution center and warehouse managers how.
(Boonton, NJ, December 22, 2010) Virtually every DC deals with seasonality of products. Some industries are hit harder than others.
"But," says Jason Bader a managing partner with The Distribution Team, "Beyond the obvious, there are several hundred items lurking in your inventory that could be considered seasonal. If we don't identify them as such, and manage them accordingly, we run the risk of being unable to fulfill customer demand at the beginning of the season; and even worse, we will wind up sitting on a tremendous surplus at the end of the season."
The solution is a three step process, which Bader outlines in the December issue of industry newsletter Distribution Center Management.
- Identify seasonal items
- Determine the beginning and end of the season for each item
- Use a future rolling average to predict demand.
To learn more about each step in the process, you may read the article, "Snow blowers in the spring? Managing the seasonality of inventory" at the Distribution Group website.
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