You’ve got orders coming out of your ears, you’re working late to reduce the backlog and all- in-all business is picking up.
But unless your warehouse has the capacity to deal with a large influx of orders and a spike in sales, you could well be missing the boat with this purple patch. You could even scupper your chances of making the most of this welcome up-turn without thinking about warehouse management and performance.
You have a company to run and the last thing you need to be doing is playing cleanup, so put an end to the chaos and create a little harmony in that warehouse of yours.
Here’s how to keep a tidy warehouse that will not only lead to a more effective operations system, and improved warehouse performance, but also a more optimised and organised workforce.
1. Prioritise, prioritise, prioritise…
Don’t let a large order be hampered by that mountain of empty boxes that you’ve been meaning to break-down and throw in the recycling for weeks.
The secret is to start from the beginning. So next time a large shipment comes in from a supplier, don’t add it to the ‘to do’ list, take the time to place all the stock in the right place as soon as you can, and dispose of waste appropriately.
This way you will know exactly where everything is when you need it and won’t be held up by those annoying little tasks that should have been done weeks ago.
2. Easy pickings
Optimizing your picking process is key to developing a more efficient and easy-to-manage working environment.
So when thinking about warehouse performance and efficiency you should ensure that you always keep your best selling items nearest to the loading area to avoid something which resembles a free-for-all when an order comes in that will lead to a slowdown in productivity.
3. Combine to conquer
In order to increase speed and productivity, a quick look at some of your best selling products might just be able to save you time and money.
So if you’re constantly shipping certain items at the same time and to the same place, it might make more sense to place them together in your warehouse and even arrange combined shipping.
4. Tidy as you go
If you are finding that large amounts of mess and general un-tidiness are keeping you from fulfilling important orders, it might be time to take a good look at the way you run your warehouse.
So free your employees from captivity and release them from the constraints of a cluttered and chaotic work area.
5. Play as a team
Your warehouse employees are key to your overall sales goals and long-term achievements, and their hard work and dedication can make the difference between a healthy profit and a hefty loss.
The people that work for you probably spend more time in your warehouse than they spend with their own families.
So don’t underestimate this valuable knowledge and keep an open, healthy consultation at all times while never underestimating the feedback they give.
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