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Topic: seasonal demand

Making Hay While The Sun Shines: Inventory Control During Seasonal Peaks

Businesses love peak times. Be it online or instore shopping, there’s nothing better than hearing the sound of tills opening, credit cards swiping, or computers clicking their way through to a new purchase. But during busy periods this welcome surge in business can be overshadowed by the pain of inventory control. Not only can poorly-managed [&he ... Read More

  February 22, 2019     

How to Prepare Your Business for the Peak Season

The peak season can be an exciting and rewarding time for business owners, with the promise of a drastic increase in sales. However, it can also be a stressful time that requires a lot of planning ahead, and possibly even some new hires to help manage the influx of customers. In this article, we outline […] ... Read More

  January 29, 2019     

7 Key Order Fulfilment Tips to Handle Peak Season Sales

Peak season can fall at different periods for every industry. For example, many retailers of lifestyle goods may experience theirs before summer or Christmas, whereas many sporting vendors might get volume spikes just as their specific sports season begins. The rise of eCommerce and more frequent promotions, enabling you to order online at your con ... Read More

  January 28, 2019     

3 Useful Tips for Better Forecasting Before Peak Season

For many businesses, the peak season is of such critical importance as that is where most of their sales and revenue is being made. It is, therefore, no surprise that more accurate forecasting is so important for a business’ success as these forecasts will reflect predictions about sales, and in turn dictate significant business decisions. [&hell ... Read More

  January 24, 2019     

7 Tips to Manage Seasonal Inventory and Product Demand Fluctuations

Inventory management requires an initial effort to get right, but once you’ve established effective inventory control, ongoing management is much easier, particularly for businesses prone to seasonal spikes or significant periods of peak demand. Seasonal fluctuations affect both eCommerce and brick-and-mortar businesses equally. If a product is i ... Read More

  January 23, 2019     

Are Sunny Skies Ahead For Your Business? Here’s How to Forecast for Peak Season

The peak season is what makes or breaks many businesses, with many relying on big business during certain months to carry them through the rest of the year. A distributor of winter sports equipment, for example, would make most of its sales in the lead up to and during winter, but if it can’t meet […] ... Read More

  January 18, 2019     

Lessons from the Festive Season: Key Factors Affecting Inventory Management During Seasonal Peaks

The holiday season is the most lucrative time of the year for consumer spending and with a trend towards online shopping more pressure than ever is being put on fulfilment centres and distribution hubs to meet consumer demands and expectations. Although different businesses will experience peak demand at different times of the year, many businesses ... Read More

  January 17, 2019     

How Businesses Can Improve Forecasting Before the Peak Season

Accurate forecasting is a key factor contributing to the success of any business. By making accurate predictions about future sales trends, businesses can ensure stock levels align accurately with supply and demand fluctuations to ensure optimum efficiency. However, forecasting accurately can be a difficult task, especially in the build-up to peak ... Read More

  December 28, 2018     

Do you need multiple channels for your eCommerce business?

Consumers and businesses alike are turning to the internet to research their products before buying. Online purchases have become a fundamental part of business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) industries. So, we’ve established that an online presence is imperative, but is one channel enough? As an online retailer, it’s importan ... Read More

  July 16, 2018     

Developing the Right Seasonal Pricing Strategy

Depending on your business, you may have busy times and slow times. These ups and downs can affect the amount of money you’re making throughout the year. In a perfect world, businesses would have a steady flow of guaranteed profits. However, many eCommerce businesses are designed to be seasonal. This means that most of your […] ... Read More

  July 9, 2018     

Handy Tips for Managing Inventory Stock During Seasonal Sales

As seasons change, your inventory stock should follow suit but seasonal sales can be a tricky one to manage. A lot of planning is involved in the sale of seasonal products. Timing is a big factor when it comes to managing an ever-changing inventory stock. For instance, having winter inventory stock won’t prove very advantageous […] ... Read More

  July 3, 2018     

Are You Making These Seasonal Business Mistakes?

While seasonal businesses can often take advantage of short-term revenue increases and heavy customer traffic when it comes to to maintaining long-term success, these businesses should have year-round money management strategies. With proper planning of cash flow, expenses, billing and other bookkeeping necessities, now is a critical time to revisi ... Read More

  June 29, 2018     

5 Essential Ways to Manage Seasonal Supply Chains

Supply chains are directly affected by supply and demand of markets. This holds true for seasonal goods but also peaks and dips throughout the business year, such as an increase in purchases over the holiday season and lower in off peak seasons. Food and beverage companies in particular need to be looking closely at inventory […] ... Read More

  June 29, 2018     

Planning for Inventory Management in a Seasonal Business

For those businesses that operate in an industry that is seasonal by nature, inventory management becomes even more complex. Navigating seasonal fluctuations requires owners to have sufficient inventory control skills so that they remain profitable during the slow season and can survive through the off season. Planning is crucial and even if you on ... Read More

  June 28, 2018     

These 3 Things Can Help You Plan for Seasonality

The basics of what determines a seasonal business are numerous, from actual climatic seasons, to school holidays and end of the financial year. For retailers especially, seasonality can mean those times of traditionally high consumer spend, such as the led-up to the Christmas period, major events, sporting activities or music festivals. A seasonal ... Read More

  June 28, 2018     

4 Things Retailers Should Do During Off-Peak Period

It’s the start of winter in the Southern Hemisphere and sales are usually low in this off-peak period. This down time provides retails with a huge opportunity to properly prepare and effectively plan for the peak shopping season ahead. Spring clean That’s right, this is the perfect time to have a good old fashion spring […] ... Read More

  June 28, 2018     

Don’t Neglect Your Seasonal Business’ Inventory Management

If not managed properly, inventory possesses the ability to cripple a company. In a seasonal business, inventory management can be even more tricky to control effectively, but it’s not impossible. Read on for the scoop on how to manage the inventory in your seasonal business with ease. Sales Start by analysing historic sales data for [&hellip ... Read More

  June 27, 2018     

4 Tips for Managing Seasonality in Retail

Managing a successful business can be daunting at the best of times, let alone when you throw in seasonality and reduced income in the off months. This can create issues around staffing, warehousing, inventory and cash flow to name a few. But, it is indeed possible to excel at a seasonal business with the right […] ... Read More

  June 26, 2018     

Managing Inventory Stock for Seasonal Businesses

When we talk about the actions retailers should take in the summer, we are really talking about what should occur when the business is in its low-peak months. For the Northern Hemisphere, this is in the summer when people are out and about enjoying the sun with the festive season still months away. For the […] ... Read More

  June 26, 2018     

How Businesses Can Optimise Off-peak Season

When business is booming you are often so busy keeping pace with consumer demand that you don’t have time for major projects and activities. This is where your off-season provides you with a great opportunity to undertake renovations, planning activities and market research. Quiet times in business give you the chance to reassess your stockta ... Read More

  June 22, 2018     

Beware These Seasonal Business Mistakes!

Seasonal businesses have a unique way of doing things due to fluctuations in demand for their product or service. This fluctuation comes from their product or service only being in demand in certain seasons of the year. From inventory control to managing your staff, let us consider some mistakes to avoid when running a seasonal […] ... Read More

  June 22, 2018     

4 Tips to Manage Inventory in a Seasonal Business

For many small, independent businesses, managing inventory is one of the most challenging aspects of running a business. Unfortunately, inventory management can be even more challenging when firms operate seasonally. Here are four ways to make sure you are well placed to manage stock throughout the ups and downs of the year. Forecasting is critical ... Read More

  June 21, 2018