Just when you think you can pause for a breath after the holiday retail rush, here it comes: The flood of returned gifts, testing the limits of your returns processing system.
Many warehouse professionals worry about the post-holiday returns peak more than the outbound rush itself. After all, you control SKU placement, picking waves, and packing procedures when you fill an order. When those items come back, it's much harder to stay organized.
When the retail season kicks into high gear, you need a shipping room that’s designed and outfitted to handle the stress. Anything less might become a bottleneck, slowing down throughput facility-wide. That’s something no distribution center can afford this close to the holidays.
The good news is that it’s easy to improve efficiency in the shipping room. Here are some tips for organizing and streamlining order packing stations, just in time for the busy season:
After the seasonal workers are hired and shipments are planned down to the minute, there’s still one more task that you need to complete to ensure a great holiday season: planning for warehouse safety.
When warehouses and distribution centers operate at peak capacity — or, even worse, beyond — the risk of workplace injuries increases exponentially. There are more workers on the ground, and they're all moving faster than normal. The volume of throughput requires more manual lifting.