Creating and maintaining successful systems and processes in the warehouse is crucial to running a successful business. Yet, it’s often the most basic principles that get overlooked, especially when things get busy.
No matter how big or small your warehouse is, there are a number of ways you can create a more efficient storage space. Over the following weeks, we’ll delve deeper into each of the following principles.
Clean Up The Warehouse
Keeping a tidy and well-organised warehouse will help clear the aisles of hazards, and free up storage space. It will also speed up the allocation of incoming stock, and the reduce time spent looking for products when picking orders.
Create A Goods Receiving Process
Checking off and keeping track of goods once they are delivered will ensure that the right products are allocated to the appropriate warehouse location ready for new orders. Setting up a clear process for goods receiving will help to organise your stock more efficiently, and avoid losing track of inventory.
Regular Staff Training
Properly Trained Staff can make a huge difference in the day-to-day functions of the warehouse. Make sure that all staff members are trained on the products you stock, the processes for picking orders, and equipment used in your warehouse. The more informed the staff are, the more efficient (and safe) they will be.
Work As A Team
We’ve all heard the importance of good communication, but this is especially important in the warehouse where there can be a number of people working in areas where materials handling equipment is operating. Encourage all employees to cooperate as a team to ensure everyone is working towards the same goals.
Re-evaluate Storage Allocations
As your business grows, your storage needs can change. Take the time to reorganise your warehouse on a periodic basis to ensure products you use most are stored in the most efficient place for staff to access. With any major changes to your storage requirements, you may need to look updating your pallet racking or shelving layout to better utilise your space.