When the calendar ushers in the “ber” months — the last four months of the year that end in B-E-R — you know the holiday season is not far behind.
It’s the time of the year when both shoppers and business owners are at their busiest.
Because of the number of holiday parties they need to attend, and their gift-giving schedules, most people would do their Christmas shopping as early as September.
Now you definitely want to be around when they start searching for stuff to buy online, or a potential sale could wind up in someone else’s bank account.
Having said that, we encourage you to plan your eCommerce business before October comes to avoid any potential setback during the holiday rush.
First and foremost, stock up on your key products; these are items which are going to sell like crazy during and after the holidays.
Aside from a full inventory you also need to have the essential packaging materials.
See to it that you have enough supply of packing boxes in different sizes, high-quality packaging tapes and labels, among others.
We also suggest that you try and upgrade to holiday-themed packaging, and give your customers that Christmasy vibe.
Work with a Fulfilment Company
As the days get closer to Christmas, expect your orders to double and sales to increase.
Having an effective holiday order fulfilment plan in place will enable you to cash in on your customers’ positive mindset.
Note that fulfilling every single order in your list will guarantee the success of your business this holiday season.
Delivery delays are absolutely not acceptable regardless of reason.
If you think you won’t be able to handle the influx of orders, then it would be best to entrust your holiday deliveries to a third-party company that offers fulfilment service.
Top logistics companies offer competitive packing and shipping rates, plus they have a wide range of distribution centres worldwide.
If you are marketing your goods locally, you can use the local warehouses of the fulfilment company which you’re partnering with.
Aside from the certainty of your customers receiving their orders in time for Christmas, shipping locally also gives you the option to offer a 2-day free shipping and still save an awful lot of money.
Have you already started planning your fulfilment service? If you’ve got any tips or advice to share, please post them in the comments box below.
And know that we’re always rooting for your success!
Dave & Matt