The most important thing to consider when preparing for and battling a storm or tumultuous period is safety. Those who operate within seasonal industries are threatened by having to ensure that every product is produced and provided on time, to maximise profitability around peak times to ensure their safety within the off season.
Whilst seasonal windows present huge opportunities for businesses they can also represent a poisoned chalice for those who go into the period unprepared. The increased level of demand puts pressure on operational systems and both retailers and supplier’s infrastructure needs to be robust enough to cope with the inevitable influx. Whilst surges in sales are positive it only takes one changed invoice or missed communication to wreak havoc upon supply chains and damage trading relationships for the following year. It is problems such as these, which are exacerbated within seasonal markets that have led Santander to estimate that roughly 37% of small and medium sized UK businesses suffer due to seasonality.
TrueCommerce allows companies to capitalise on seasonal markets by equipping them with fully managed EDI services which are compatible with retailers’ service level agreements whilst also providing a proactive support team to counteract any issues to maintain and build relationships year round. By making the most of efficient ordering processes companies can trade safely knowing that they can resume business unimpeded year on year.