The U.S. Postal Service shipped approximately 900 million packages during the 2018 holiday season. Other delivery services such as UPS reported shipping 100,000 packages a day, 1,700 packages a minute. With more purchases coming from online shopping, Cyber Monday alone brought as much as $7.9 billion in profits in 2018. This year, Adobe Analytics predicts a $1.58 billion increase in Cyber Monday shopping. To make matters even more complex, Cyber Monday falls one week closer to major holidays (Dec. 2), expediting deliveries as the holidays draw closer. For these reasons and more, retailers across the nation expect another record-breaking profit increase this year.
Although large numbers may seem comforting, it’s important to remember that even a small error percentage can result in a million-dollar loss. For example, a 1% error rate in 2018 could have impacted nearly 800,000 packages. As leaders of warehouse optimization, Avalon Integration provides all the tips and hints needed to keep your operations running smoothly throughout the most confusing time of the year.
Start your operation with the right labels
Before ever seeing the loading dock, inventory must first be properly labeled in order to successfully reach the correct destination. While small, your labeling system dictates:
- Shipment accuracy
- Courier route
- Inventory contents
- Handling instructions
- Customer tracking updates
Simply put, your labels can directly affect customer satisfaction. Consequently, Avalon recommends securing profits with Zebra Certified consumables. Engineered with pretested materials, Zebra’s rugged labels and tags endure the most rigorous application processes and harsh environments, keeping your label information fully legible while also reducing common printing hazards.
- Eliminate harmful coating friction – Tested through a 23-point inspection, Zebra labels have a smooth coating that reduces printhead friction, minimizing downtime due to printhead failure.
- Minimize label slack – Because they’re wound outwardly, Zebra labels eliminate slack that, when left unchecked, could cause printer-jams and slow production.
- Lower maintenance expenses – By feeding your printer Zebra Certified labels exclusively, you may become eligible for free printhead replacements through the Printhead Protection Program.
Get an up-close look at how Zebra’s Certified labels enhance productivity in our video:
With forty days left until Cyber Monday, the time to start optimizing crucial systems is now. Contact us today for an in-depth assessment of your current workflow patterns and integrate durable technology crafted for enterprise success.