As companies grow, one can expect meeting product/supply demands to become more complicated. Was that previous order enough to meet the current market trends? Will you run the risk of overstocking products to meet the demand? Is your operation ready for fluctuations? Is there a need to review warehouse safety procedures? More than just ensuring that products roll in and out of the warehouse on time, warehouse management is an elaborate task that requires an eye for detail, an involved mind for planning and a strong desire to do right by your customers.
Don’t let the intricacies of the job get to you. A simplified and precise approach will work wonders for your business. To get you started, here are a few core lessons for more effective and efficient warehouse operations:
Don’t forget to stock up on important packaging supplies.
Avoid gaffes in your operations by ensuring that you have every kind of supply you’ll need to meet consumer demands. You’ll be surprised how entire operations halt just because the warehouse manager forget to order in the next batch of stretch wraps. Since not all packaging and industrial companies offer fast delivery, your warehouse should be properly stocked with supplies such as:
Corrugated cardboard boxes
Tapes and adhesives
Dedicate a section within your warehouse for fast-moving SKUs.
No matter what sort of products you’re housing, there will be specific items/SKUs that have steady demands. Upon identifying them, create a floor layout that makes it easier for your staff to retrieve them and prepare them for rollout. Items that figuratively fly off the shelves should be kept closer to loading bays. However, ensure that the area can sufficiently handle your busy operations as your employees will frequently go in and out as needed.
Don’t waste your time on manual processing.
Digitalisation isn’t just a fad in warehousing. From bar codes to radio frequency IDs, there are plenty of ways to convert your pen and paper (or manual encoding) SKU processing into more efficient digital formats. From there, you can take advantage of sophisticated inventory management systems that give you deep insights on what’s going on inside your warehouse.
Trends and patterns will begin to show up once you’re focused on interpreting data instead of collecting it. Use those crucial information in making decisions. Know exactly when your stocks are running low. Know when to buy in bulk for improved discounts. Identify fast and slow moving SKUs and use that information to improve your floor layout. With hundreds or thousands of items in your growing warehouse, it’s about time for your business to turn to more reliable and efficient solutions.
Provide an optimum and safe working environment for your employees
Running an efficient warehouse often starts in properly managing employees. Aside from hiring experienced warehouse employees, your role is to train them with best practices in doing their tasks right. Create a safe working environment that rewards work quality and efficiency. Provide your employees with tools and equipment that would help them become effective and systematic in their tasks.
Don’t think twice about eliminating ineffective/inefficient processes
Most warehouse managers tend to focus so much on day-to-day operations that they forget how crucial it is to review their processes regularly. Research about your internal processes and operating procedures. With the help of your employees, established metrics, customer feedbacks and other inputs, explore replacements and shortcuts to make your operations leaner and more effective. Strive to reduce packaging, loading and unloading times. You should also make it top priority to develop measures that ensure order accuracy and integrity.
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