Snapfulfil gears up for 70% peak uplift
Cloud WMS provider, Snapfulfil, is expecting to handle a 70% uplift in transactions on its system in the run up to the peak holiday season this year.
For one major customer alone, Snapfulfil will provide more than 100 additional licenses and RF devices and expects to handle in excess of 150,000 transactions per day. To accommodate this uplift, the company has invested in extra server capacity to maintain service levels and availability to all customers during the critical peak trading period.
This is Snapfulfil's biggest peak yet – two years ago, it planned for a 30% uplift and last year experienced a 50% increase, reflecting its continued penetration in the retail sector. Snapfulfil also reports that Black Friday is driving a sharper increase in demand compared to the more gradual ramp-up previously associated with the lead in to Christmas.
Due to Snapfulfil's SaaS model, customers can temporarily increase the number of software licenses and devices they use, for as long as they need them and revert back to their original agreement when activity levels return to normal. This provides a highly cost-effective and flexible warehouse management solution to support their peak trading periods.
Chris Anton, Snapfulfil's Head of Sales for North America says: "When the holiday season rolls around, distributors rely on temporary labor to help keep up with increased volume, while keeping their overall costs in check. Yet, when it comes to WMS software providers, there's rarely anything temporary about software licenses. Most WMS providers requires companies to factor in full license and maintenance costs into their purchases to cover their temporary labor requirements, even though those licenses are only in use for a three month period. This additional cost not only delays ROI, but it increases total cost of ownership.
"Our model is unique in the market and allows our customers to flex their operations in line with activity levels. Snapfulfil is also extremely user-friendly which means that they can get temporary staff up and running on the system within minutes."