How long does a peak last?
7 days - claimed 24% of the respondents in large manufacturing companies. So long? As it turns out the problem is not only the length of the transport peak, but also the unpredictability of its scale.
It happens that the departments of logistics and logistics providers need approx. 2-3 working days to enter the "peak speed" and the subsequent service of the increased volume is more efficient. In contrast, the lack of precision to estimate the execution of orders makes it difficult to prepare adequate resources to meet the needs during the peaks - their deficiency also increases the reaction time, their excess - generates more unnecessary costs.
3 days - claimed 29% of the respondents. So short? No matter how long the peak lasts, many people paid attention to the fact that, although the companies have automatic system of taking orders to make the process more effective and minimize manual labor and eliminate errors, many times at the end of the month it is being replaced by "manual control" or a bypass of automated solutions to manage orders piling up.
The lack of consistency in the application of automated solutions "extends" the peak period, and also leads to a well-known consequence - errors, delays, lost sales, the consequences of which "can be straighten" at the beginning of the following month, resulting in extra administrative work and stress of the employees of the logistics department.
And finally 14% of the respondents answered that the peaks last 2, 4, 5 days.
The weighted average duration of the summit is 4.4 days.