Keeping Up With Demand During The Holiday Season

The last days of autumn have come and gone, and the holiday season is about to be in full swing. This time can be especially stressful for businesses, whether in retail, manufacturing, or B2B services. You may be expecting increased customer foot traffic, or trying desperately to balance benchmarks with your hardworking employees’ needs. Increased equipment demand and foot traffic can wreak havoc on your facility if you are not fully prepared. 

MaintenX teams experience high demand during the holidays because our clients are hard at work for their own customers. We want to help you reduce downtime and put your best foot forward during the holiday season. Here are a few tips we’ve learned over the years that will help you make the 2019 season a breeze: 

Scheduled preventative maintenance prior to December 15th.

Shopping increases significantly two weeks before the 25th of December. While it will be busy throughout November and December, your busiest time will be right before the end of the month. You don’t want to have to make time and space for maintenance services during this period. Instead, call your MaintenX technicians now for preventative maintenance service. 

Upgrade your technology. 

According to a study conducted by CBRE, the average age of warehouses in the U.S. is roughly 34 years. This may not seem old, but a facility with technology that aged is much less efficient than its younger competitors. Talk to your maintenance team about energy-efficient and higher-powered equipment upgrades. This will help you meet holiday demands without wearing out old equipment and technologies. 

Increase available inventory. 

Inventory management is critical to a successful holiday season. As the facility manager, you know better than anyone the fine line between enough stock and too little. By using previous year sales data and current year targets, you can more accurately predict inventory needs. Increased demand could require upgrades on existing inventory management systems and equipment, or at the very least a maintenance check on your critical systems. 

With these strategies in your management plan, you can make this holiday season a success. Talk to MaintenX about preventative and reactive maintenance plans for your 2019 holiday season.