Preparing for a peak online shopping season like no other
In the wake of significant online shopping growth, the stage is set for a holiday peak shopping season unlike any we’ve seen before. Working collaboratively with Australia Post can help you prepare for the expected surge in demand. Booktopia shares how a partnership approach has helped them manage Christmas-level volumes for almost a year.
Video: In a high-vis vest, a slim bearded man views crates on conveyor belts. Surrounding the belts are rows of full bookshelves.
Seated, the man is interviewed beside bookcases laden with books.
Text: Wayne Baskin, Deputy CEO & CTO, Booktopia.
The Australia Post logo sits in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Audio: Wayne: In the lead-up to Christmas, I think we're gonna see a bigger peak as we, you know, get closer and closer.
Video: Two male workers scan books. Crates move along a conveyor belt. A male worker collects a book from a shelf, places it in a crate, then moves the crate along a belt. Wayne is interviewed. Another male worker sorts books.
Audio: Wayne: We are lucky that we've got some automation that is coming live in October just before the peak hits. And we're going to be relying on that automation to double our output out of the distribution centres.
A good tip in managing these peak periods is just to take every day as it comes, to make sure that you've got your customer promise right, and that you don't try overexceed what your capabilities are.
Making sure that you're only getting the number of sales through the door that you can actually service is very important, not to disappoint your customers.
Video: Australia Post parcel boxes are stacked. A tall warehouse lifting vehicle reverses between a narrow gap flanked by high shelves.
An Australia Post truck leaves a facility. A forklift loads parcels in cages into a truck.
Wayne is interviewed.
Audio: Wayne: Providing Australia Post with our forecasts and our planning is really important, and it allows them to help us during peak periods. Letting them know the number of trucks we need, the number of cages we need, even the number of parcels that will be coming into their facilities, we find really helps them plan for our throughput.
Video: In his vest, Wayne moves through the warehouse. He greets workers. He views crates by an Australia Post box.
Audio: Wayne. It's extremely exciting - I'm looking forward to it and we're looking forward to the challenges that it's gonna throw at us, but hopefully the peaks we've seen through March, April, May, and now August, September, are gonna leave us in good stead for the Christmas peak.
Video: Workers load parcels into an Australia Post van.
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Audio: Female voiceover: Delivering for Business. Delivering for Australia. Australia Post.
- To prepare for peak online shopping periods, it’s important to build flexibility into plans, adopt best practice fulfilment processes and set clear customer expectations
- Working in partnership with Australia Post can help you deliver on your customer promise.
- Although the size and timing of surges in demand can be unexpected, businesses need to be ready.
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