When the holidays approach, everyone gets busier. We all seem to have more responsibilities, mostly preparing to take a few days off to spend with family. As those additional tasks stack up, though, it can mean more workload, and a higher risk of something not getting done in time. When things like this start to add up, it might be time to ask for some additional help. But before you go and hire temp employees, consider talking to your 3rd party logistics (3PL) provider about what they might be able to take off your plate.
Shoppers love gift baskets. It gives them an opportunity to buy a variety of things for someone without the need of piecing it all together themselves—and often save a few dollars while they’re at it. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about an assortment of salami and cheese or a new video game console coupled with a few new games. Of course, they’ve got to be put together somewhere. Rather than dedicating your employee’s precious hours during the holidays to put together items into bundles, your 3PL partner might be able to take care of it in the warehouse before the items even reach the stores.
Stacking specific items in just such a way takes skill—and time. Many stores have become well known for their in-store displays, because they’re appealing to the eye as well as appealing to the customer. The thing is, it can take someone a significant amount of time to put that display together, and whether or not you have an employee do that depends on how valuable that employee’s time might be elsewhere. However, some 3PL providers offer assistance with in-store displays. As part of white glove delivery, even truck drivers will offer to help assemble displays with new product deliveries. This allows your employees to handle other, more important tasks, like customer service.
Shipping during the holidays can become a nightmare, and we’re not even talking about parcel delivery. Just getting items to retail stores from a warehouse can become much more difficult with wintery road conditions and additional traffic. Even guaranteeing that your store has a specific item in stock can be a difficult promise to make. But where you might need to dedicate more employee hours to ensuring products get where they need to be, a 3PL might already have the staff ready to tackle weather and increased traffic issues. You might not even consider it a value-added service, but when delivery is difficult, making certain that you’re able to have your products stocked isn’t always a guarantee.