The logistics and driving sectors have already faced challenges that the end of each year brings, with Black Friday once again a huge success. However, as Christmas gets ever closer, businesses within these sectors must ensure that they are fully prepared for the Christmas period with regards to their driver and logistics requirements. This task is particularly tricky in light of severe driver shortages within the driving industry, with a deficit of around 60,000 drivers.
Planning for peak periods, such as the Christmas, is vital to ensuring that businesses can keep up with demand efficiently and effectively, and thus meet customer expectations. We have compiled a few tips to make the Christmas driver demand a little easier.
Preparing for Christmas driver demand
Knowing precise and accurate peak times for your business is essential in forecasting exactly what demand you are up against. This should be reviewed constantly throughout the year so that changes can be made well in advance.
Using your forecast to inform your recruitment department will ensure that you have enough staff to fulfil demand, whilst also saving your business money should you overestimate demand. Once you are aware of the volume of staff you require to meet Christmas demands, we highly recommend that you start recruiting as early as possible; in doing so, you are much more likely to have a greater range of experienced staff.
Find the right staff
Ensure that you carry out all the necessary checks on candidates prior to offering them a position. Drivers, in particular, must have, by law, a CPC card and a digital tachograph card, but you also want someone with experience and strong customer service skills as they will essentially be the face of your business over one of the busiest periods of the year.
Get help from the experts
Peak periods can be busy enough without the added stress of high volume recruitment, therefore we highly recommend that you bring experts into the business to assist you during this time. Our team here at DriveForce are highly experienced in recruiting for high volumes of experienced staff to suit the requirements of our clients.