Easter and the Supply Chain

4/11/22 2:16 PM

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This week will mark the arrival of the Easter Bunny. Whether you celebrate the holiday, Easter places significant stress on manufacturers worldwide. The jewelry industry and chocolate factories experience the most shift over the holiday, but so do plants that distribute goods for retail. As we head into spring and prepare for summer, sales at department stores are taking advantage of the holiday drive-up demand.

During this season, manufacturing businesses face increased demand for resources in the supply chain. Therefore, developing operational strategies regarding scheduling materials and resources is paramount during this peak season. 

Workforce Management

Increased demand for materials also means an increased demand for workers. Stress on the shop floor plus hard deadlines is not a good combination. This added time constraint can be managed with an advanced planning and scheduling system (APS). PlanetTogether is an APS software helping manufacturers with operational obstacles that arise over holidays and throughout the year. Knowing which employees complete their tasks faster and scheduling them accordingly can help avoid the rush that contributes to employee dissatisfaction on the shop floor. In addition, costly mistakes made because there aren’t enough available materials or employees to get the job done can be eased with a system like PlanetTogether. 

The Easter Supply Chain

It is critical that the shop floor functions at peak efficiency in the last push before a major holiday. Manufacturers that plan their processes accordingly are more likely to achieve their financial goals. Businesses must look to technology to manage shop-floor dynamics. 

Anticipating the effects of added demand ensures that your plant, factory, or manufacturing facility is prepared ahead of the Easter holiday.

The accuracy of APS software ensures manufacturing planners and schedulers have an adequate response strategy to handle any conditions that arise in the workplace and across the supply chain. As a result, production facilities equipped with dynamic planning capabilities meet deadlines, exceed expectations, and achieve financial growth.

Every manager knows that they must innovate to stay a step ahead of the competition. The best way to guarantee success in the manufacturing industry for today and beyond is to embrace automation. Renovating your scheduling processes with PlanetTogether APS software is crucial for any business. Decisions made in the early product development cycles make or break the product. Under PlanetTogether, schedules are optimized for sustainable growth for the Easter holiday and the rest of the year. 

Advanced Planning and Scheduling Software

Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) software has become a must for modern-day manufacturing operations due to customer demand for increased product mix, fast delivery, and downward cost pressures. APS can be quickly integrated with ERP/MRP software to fill gaps where these systems lack planning and scheduling flexibility and accuracy. Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) helps planners save time while providing greater agility in updating ever-changing priorities, production schedules, and inventory plans.

  • Create optimized schedules balancing production efficiency and delivery performance
  • Maximize output on bottleneck resources to increase revenue
  • Synchronize supply with demand to reduce inventories
  • Provide company-wide visibility to capacity
  • Enable scenario data-driven decision making

Implementation of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) software will take your manufacturing operations to the next level of production efficiency, taking advantage of the operational data you already have in your ERP.

 

 

Topics: supply chain, challenges in supply chain, Easter, holiday

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