Two months since lockdown:
the supply chain impact
As essential workers, Bray hasn’t stopped during the lockdown, in fact, we’ve been busier than ever.
With a record-breaking weekend over the Easter break, we’ve found ourselves sending out tens of thousands of parcels a month and surpassing our normal monthly averages.
Keeping the supply chain moving
Over the Easter weekend, we processed a record 2576 orders. 252 orders over our previous record held by 2019’s Cyber Monday.
As government advice was to buy online where possible, we’ve become a huge part of keeping the country running, something we had never anticipated at the beginning of the year.
Now, with lockdown setting to ease over the next few months, we’re looking at some of the statistics from this year to last year, and the impact that lockdown has had on the supply chain.
The stats show
Starting with the obvious, we had more parcels sent out in March than we did in January. Accounting for seasonal trends, March showed a definite uptrend from the previous March. The average number of parcels per consignment rose from 1.61 in April 2019 to 1.79 in April 2020. People have definitely been ordering multiple items from companies and are utilising online shopping more.
Notably, the average parcel per consignment in March increased the same amount as the January increase with a 0.6 increase. This could show that until the end of March, online shopping was at normal levels.
It has only been in April we have noted a statistically significant increase in the number of both consignments and parcels. While the overall number is less than that of March, this fits in with seasonal trends.
Easter giving a boost
March was our busiest month this year by far but Easter Weekend was our busiest yet, as we mentioned above. That contributed 2576 products to April’s total and definitely contributed to the upward trend.
We have been considerably busier on Mondays than normal, coming into nearly twice the amount of orders. Especially the two days after the two paydays at the end of March.
We have a customer that sells garden products and we came in on one recent day to over 400 orders when usually it is 150-200.
We have another customer that sells indoor gaming products and it is busier than it was at Christmas.
Obviously it is difficult to capture an exact picture due to the nature of our business.
What’s clear is that we are grateful to have been able to support our customers and keep the supply chain going during these unprecedented times. So we give thanks to our amazing teams at Bray that have kept working, adapted processes and practices and more importantly kept our customers going and their customers happy.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Want to see how Bray can support your business with our flexible 3PL services?
Contact the team below Give us a call: 01780 784875 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a 3PL company, we understand the importance of being efficient, accountable and environmentally friendly and so have invested in systems to help.
Focus of the month: Health & Safety at Bray Solutions.
How much does a warehouse cost? Why outsourcing your warehousing right now is a great business decision
How much does a warehouse cost? Why outsourcing your warehousing right now is a great business decision over on our warehouse industry news blog.