Busiest time of the year is almost here
Author: Lisette Købsted-Nielsen, Communications Consultant
Black Week is one of the busiest times of the year at JYSK. For the Distribution Centres, it requires planning well in advance.
The Distribution Centres (DCs) work at the highest speed possible before and during Black Week. It is the busiest time of the year when the colleagues make sure that all stores get the products they need, and online orders are packed and sent directly to customers.
This requires thorough preparation and testing in the months leading up to Black Week. Josephine Rooth is Department Manager Online at DC Nassjö in Sweden. This year, she initiated the preparation period on 1 October, one and a half months before the start of Black Week.
“We have prepared a lot. We have made sure that we have enough trucks available, we have enough people who can work during the week, that the systems and computers are ready and updated, all storage areas are filled to the maximum, and so much more. And of course, we buy a lot of candy for the employees working during the week to sweeten the extra work that this period requires," Josephine says with a smile.
Speed and efficiency
To make sure that the DC is prepared, stress tests are made beforehand to determine the highest possible workload in three hours.
“The stress tests tell us a lot about how much work we can do. But most importantly, they tell us where we can optimise the workflow to become faster and more efficient. So, this is an important part of the preparation for Black Week,” Josephine explains.
Worth the effort
In most JYSK countries, Black Week starts between 17 November and 23 November, where the exact starting time differs from country to country.
"Black Week is a lot of hard work, but it is also a lot of fun at DC Nassjö. Something happens to people here. They get an extra spark in their eyes and the competitive spirits are set free. They are determined to become faster, more efficient, and break all the records. The vibe at work is amazing during this week, and it really makes it worth the while," Josephine says.