5 Ways To Target Stock Level in Your Holy Week Plan [100k+ SMEs Served]


Your Holy Week plan should not be tampered with because you inaccurately predict your business’s target stock levels. If you are a fish or vegetable dealer, you would want to take advantage of this seasonal demand surge, as most people prefer them over meat as a symbol of sacrifice.

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Holy Week, especially in towns a bit away from the cities here in the Philippines, is often celebrated and regarded as a time for a long vacation. This leads to altered consumer behavior and business operations of mostly the vegetables and seafood businesses, giving both a busy season of transactions. In this blog, we give 5 useful ways to target stock levels at the right amount and provide for demands which helps your business establish your Holy Week plan.

Ways to Target Stock Levels For Your Business

1. Put A Desirable Safety Stock To Your Usual Par Level

When you hear of Par, you might recall the term used in golf, and it actually goes the same way for stock levels. For fast food chains and restaurants, your par level is the minimum amount of inventory replenishment needed to meet demand regularly. Inventory in this line of business is sensitive, and staying at your par level helps you avoid creating food waste.

But you might be wondering how Par levels are computed. Here’s a quick computation for you:

Par Level = (Average weekly inventory + safety stock)/ number of weekly deliveries

20 – 30% of your average weekly inventory is the desired level for your safety stock, enough to hold you during unexpected times when you need to provide more.

2. Use of On Demand Delivery Apps

There are also times when something could go unexpectedly, like receiving bulk orders that are not coming from any of your regular customers. Your delivery capacity will exceed, and outsourcing an on-demand delivery app like Transportify would be the smarter option. Transportify’s platform provides solutions for ensuring store stocks are maintained efficiently, facilitating smooth operations during peak periods like Holy Week​​ and allowing you to make adjustments as needed. For a list of broad vehicle offerings, refer to the table below.

Vehicle TypeDimensions/
Weight Limits
Base Price
(Metro Manila)
Base Price
(Outside Metro Manila)
Base Price
wing-van-iconWing Van 32 to 40 x 7.8 x 7.8 ft
12000kg to 28000kg
7000 PHP6500 PHP6500 PHP
6w-fwd-truck-icon6w Fwd Truck18 x 6 x 7 ft
4850 PHP4850 PHP4850 PHP
closed-van-iconClosed Van10 to 14 x 6 x 6 ft
2000kg to 4000kg
1600 PHP1450 PHP1450 PHP
open-truck-iconOpen Truck10 to 21 x 6 ft x open
2000kg and 7000kg
2300 PHP1950 PHP1950 PHP
l300-van-iconL300/Van8 x 4.5 x 4.5 ft
415 PHP330 PHP310 PHP
small-pickup-iconSmall Pickup5 x 5 ft x open
310 PHP250 PHP220 PHP
light-van-iconLight Van5.5 x 3.8 x 3.8 ft
250 PHP192 PHP225 PHP
mpv-iconMPV/SUV5 x 3.2 x 2.8 ft
160 PHP130 PHP140 PHP
sedan-iconSedan3.5 x 2 x 2.5 ft
140 PHP110 PHP120 PHP

3. Review Sales Reports and Inventory Turnover Rates

Gaining insights into the past performance of your business provides valuable data for you to act during similar demand periods. By analyzing sales over time, there will be trends and patterns for products and services allowing businesses to make proactive decisions and allocate target stock at its desirable level.
You might also pay extra attention to your business’ inventory turnover rate, as this indicates how quickly your inventory is sold and replaced in a particular period of time. If you observe that you always get a high turnover rate for this particular time, this can be a strong indicator for you to increase at your usual stock level and could go the other way if you observe a low inventory turnover rate.

4. Become an expert when it comes to understanding your customer behaviors

Understanding and adapting to changes in consumer behavior on your Holy Week plan is crucial. Many Filipinos observe this period through various traditions, which can significantly alter shopping patterns. Businesses should consider these behavioral shifts in their inventory management system, ensuring they stock up on relevant products and adjust their marketing strategies accordingly.

5. Continuous Improvement and Feedback Loop

Finally, establishing a continuous improvement process through regular analysis and feedback is vital. Assessing what worked and what didn’t can provide valuable insights for future planning. This feedback loop allows businesses to refine their inventory management strategies, ensuring better preparedness for future peak periods, and always leaving room for improvement.

Incorporating these 5 ways into your Holy Week plan is just a guide on how to treat and target your stock level at the desirable amount you need. Others might see them as generic ideas to consider. Still, in times of seasonal demand growth, these will be very helpful for those businesses in the field that will yield the most during significant times like Holy Week. By staying informed and adaptable, your business can thrive during Holy Week and beyond.

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