As a business owner, you already understand the importance of proper business management. So, with summer right around the corner, you also understand how much business can increase, necessitating the need for streamlined delivery services. Even if you already run a tight ship, there are still plenty of ways to make your delivery service run even smoother, regardless of niche. Read on to learn five easy ways to boost revenue this summer and only be your delivery services overall.
Use the Right Packaging
Whether you offer services on foot, by fleet, or by bike, your products need to be packaged properly. Depending on the product, and how it’s being delivered, not using the right materials can cost you time and money. Research ways you can make delivering goods easier by using different packaging. If your business is responsible for long-haul frozen food service, make sure the products are stored at the right temperature in the right type of containers. Since it’s not uncommon for drivers to get stuck in traffic, doing so can prevent food spoilage and customer loss. You can also use GPS solutions for managing your fleet to ensure drivers meet their deadlines. GPS software gives you continuous monitoring of your fleet, so you can reroute your staff if necessary.
If you know summer is your busiest period, and you want to consistently reach business goals, you should plan well in advance. Waiting until the last minute to hire new staff, order extra inventory and create a seasonal budget might not work out as planned. Play it safe and start prepping for your summer season in early spring. If you have customers who also disappear in the summer, account for the lost revenue by offering discounts and summertime specials.
Hire a Summer Crew
While an increase in business is your goal, you also need enough employees to take care of their needs. If you live in an urban area and know you’ll have an increase in orders, hiring a summer crew is a good idea. Most college or older high school students are looking for part-time jobs, so finding qualified help shouldn’t be a problem. You can hire them a few months before it gets super busy, train them and have them on-call when peak season arrives.
Plan Summer Vacations Now
In addition to hiring new team members, you also need to consider your current employees’ vacation requests. Ask for everyone’s vacation plans well in advance, so you can hire seasonal staff accordingly. Since most people plan their summer vacations several months in advance, you can create a schedule that works for everyone at the same time. This will prevent you from being short staffed.
Take Time for Yourself
Even if it’s your busiest time of the year, you still need to take time for yourself. Not doing so only leads to burn out, so pencil in a few long weekends, at least two or three, over the summer and leave your responsibilities in the hands of someone you trust. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle any obstacles that come your way.