With snow on the ground and freezing temperatures, it’s no surprise that the winter months are not our busy season for outdoor events and tent rentals. However, we do stay productive during all months of the year by focusing on taking care of some of our own “housekeeping” tasks that better prepare us to serve you when things start heating up again.
Are you curious as to what goes on inside our warehouse in the off season? Here are just a few of the ways we keep our event professionals busy and how we keep our inventory in tip-top-shape. Take a look!
We reflect on our busy season.
Coming off the busy months for event rentals (which is usually April through October), we first take a moment to catch our breath and reflect on the past season. What did we do well? Where are some areas in which we can approve for next year? These are critical questions we take time to ask and answer so that we move forward more prepared than ever. We also carefully look at what rental items sold out and what items were not rented as much as the previous year. This helps us strategically stock our inventory so that we carry more of what you want and continue to meet the needs of our customers.
We are all familiar with Spring cleaning, well we tend to do this in the winter. Nearly every piece of our inventory gets a careful scrub down to remove the wear and tear from the busy season. We take special care to meticulously wash our tents. In fact, our unique tent washing process is a service we provide that keeps our crew very busy in the off season (see how we do it here). We also deep clean our chairs, tables and linens that get a lot of use during the busy months. So much cleaning may not sound like a fun task, but our team of professionals get to use industrial, state-of-the-art equipment to make their job a little easy – and more fun!
As we inspect and clean our inventory, we also come across items that may need some extra TLC to get them back to the Event Central standards. Wobbly chair and table legs are evened out, linens and tent tears are fixed and any inventory that is beyond repair is pulled from the shelves and either donated or sold. We take the quality of our rental items seriously. If we wouldn’t be 100% satisfied with having that item at our own event, we don’t rent it out to anyone else either.
Once we have determined the items we’re keeping and the new items we’re adding to our shelves for next season, we get busy organizing! We’re always looking for opportunities to improve the storage and flow in our warehouse and the winter months are the perfect time to roll up our sleeves and move some things around. We can never be too organized for our busy season. The more we know exactly where everything is and how much we have of each item, the better we are able to serve our customers with accurate orders and quick deliveries.
We have some fun!
Finally and most importantly, we make some time for fun! There’s a lot to accomplish during the winter months to prepare us for the upcoming graduation and wedding season, but we also use the slow season to take a little more time together as a team. Sometimes this means shooting some hoops in the warehouse or hanging out together outside of work. Our seasonal crew is also gone, meaning a smaller, but very close-knit work environment. We enjoy the moderate pace while we can before things speed up again later in Spring!
Do you work in a business with an “off-season?” Tell us how you keep busy during this time by commenting below!