The start of a new year is the perfect time to make improvements to your warehouse and to create a safe, efficient, and productive work environment.
So if you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to making improvements to your warehouse in 2019, here are some great New Year’s Resolutions to get you started.
1. Rearrange Your Warehouse
It makes sense to organise your warehouse so that workers can easily locate products based on the category they fall in; improving efficiency levels across the board. There are probably some products in the warehouse that get moved more often than others because they sell well or their demand is steady so how about rearranging your workspace to make these products more accessible? It will save you plenty of time and effort in the long run.
2. Improve Turnaround Speed
Not having the right procedures, using the wrong equipment or not hiring enough employees at the busiest times of the year can all affect the efficiency levels of a warehouse when it comes to quick turnaround times. So think about how you can improve this performance, from employing more seasonal staff to opting for a better Warehouse Management Solution.
3. Better Inventory Management
Mismanaged inventories can cause significant financial problems including being presented with a shortage or overflow of stock and although adequate training should be provided as standard, the New Year is a great opportunity to refresh your employees knowledge and improve your training processes to ensure that your staff know where everything is, and don’t forget to update any signage and labelling to make the process easier for all involved.
4. Conduct a Full Health Check
With a quarter of all major injuries in the warehouse industry caused by slips, trips and falls, why not start the New Year with a thorough Health and Safety review? While there are a number of legal requirements that you must adopt to ensure successful management, including risk assessment, proper training, and regular inspections, there are plenty of processes you might want to introduce to limit the risk of injury to your employees.
5. Upgrade Your WMS
Your WMS should enable you to focus on customer-facing applications, allowing for maximum configuration to your unique business practices while adapting to changing market demands and regulatory requirements, so consider whether your current system is strengthening or hindering your ability to execute business strategies.