Check the Calendar: Can You Plan Industrial Maintenance Before Winter?
The days are ticking by, and winter is fast approaching. Even now in November, people in Ontario are witnessing flurries of snow and temperatures are beginning to drop. When winter comes, we can expect a few things: hot chocolate will suddenly be advertised by all our favourite coffee shops, cashiers will wish us “happy holidays!” when we’re done our shopping, and we’ll have to start bundling up to protect ourselves from the cold. There’s another thing you need to schedule before blizzards kick in and the winter weather is out of control: maintenance for your industrial garage doors. It’s more than the elements that you have to worry about: you have to remember that the time of year will tax your workers and demand more effort. These spikes of activity can put a strain on the system. If your industrial garage doors buckle under the pressure of these busy times, then an ordinarily chaotic season will turn into a real catastrophe. We all know that logistics are extremely important, but with winter weather looming, normal organizational and safety issues can be multiplied many times. Some warehouses will need maintenance, others will need a full garage door installation. You may not know which you need until qualified technicians come out to take a look. Furthermore, your dock equipment needs to be in tip top shape during the winter, or you could have safety concerns on your hands. We explain why winter can wreak such havoc on an underprepared warehouse, and why it’s important to get tasks done now.
Spikes of Activity: Why Warehouses Can Expect to Speed Up During the Coming Months
Every business has ‘slow periods’ as well as busy times. Planning around these ebbs and flows can mean the difference between success and failure. This holds just as true for warehouses as it does anyone else. The winter season is one of the busiest seasons for a few reasons:
The Ho Ho Holidays
This is the biggest and most recognizable reason. The holiday season, Christmas, and gift-giving means there’s a huge amount of cargo being shipped across the country, and your warehouse is one of the most important links in the chain. But you’re not Santa, and you don’t have a team of elves keeping your warehouse in tip top shape. Instead, you need to bring in experienced and licensed technicians to check out your industrial garage doors. Otherwise, an important component could fall apart, just as activity reaches a fervor pitch!
Greed is Good: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Other Hot Sales
The Christmas season is all about giving, but if you look at some of the biggest sale days, you can see that people are happy to treat themselves as well. Days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are when the biggest consumer items see low prices. People have such demand for these items that police escorts have been stationed outside large stores and consumer hotspots to help keep the peace. Needless to say, your industrial garage doors will be challenged more than ever to keep up with the demand at this time of the year. Making sure that your warehouse can manage the pace is important – that includes your staff and your equipment.
Seasonal Products & Services
If you walk through a store you’ll notice the inventory has changed dramatically from the nice summer months. This is to accommodate the demand for items that Canadians need to get through the chilly winter months – snow blowers and shovels to keep their walkways clear and ready to use, heavy sweaters and winter coats with which to keep warm, and so on. Meanwhile, sprinklers and flipflops are being taken off the shelves. While this seasonal switcheroo occurs, you can expect more shipments and traffic than during a slower time.
When you look at all of the above factors, you can see why planning to take care of a garage door installation or other big task during the fall season is much smarter than during winter.
Remember, Stay Safe During the Worst of Winter Weather
Even though we’re still in fall, we’re getting a preliminary taste of winter weather. Ontario citizens found themselves losing power as high winds gusted through their towns and cities. The first flurries of snow have arrived, even if they are melting soon after. It’s important for warehouse employees to stay smart and not rush through tasks of maintenance. Staying warm, keeping a good pace, and taking your time should be prioritized over getting things done as quickly as humanly possible. This is especially true when working around dock equipment. While you want to prepare for the winter months ahead, don’t go overboard and cause yourself problems. Instead, remember that slow and steady wins the race!
McKee-Horrigan Inc. have been working with warehouses to provide the most efficient and safe industrial garage doors since 1974. Our technicians are experienced, qualified, and aware of the challenges that winter presents for Canadian businesses. If you’re interested in a free quote for the services our technicians can offer, call us today at 1 888 244 4171. We can discuss what your business needs and the appropriate time frame. Be sure to call soon; as the popular HBO series Game of Thrones warns: winter is coming.