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How to improve warehouse productivity


A productive warehouse reduces costs, saves time, improves efficiency, and ultimately impacts customer satisfaction and your bottom line.

Here are six key ways to improve productivity in your warehouse:

Reduce time waste

If you’re looking to improve productivity in your warehouse, one of the first things to do is reduce time waste. After all, your workforce is more likely to increase their productivity if you make it easier for them to do their job.

With this in mind, look at all areas of your operations to identify how you can make your employees’ jobs more manageable.

This could include considering where and how you store warehouse inventory, plus training for staff and managers.

Incentivise workers

Give your workers targets to work towards and offer them incentives to reach them. This will help ensure your staff are always working as productively as possible.

Improve safety

Another way to improve productivity in a warehouse is to improve safety. Increasing safety in the workplace will give your employees more confidence in their role and provide peace of mind that they can carry out their day-to-day tasks with minimum risk of injury. Not only this, but it will also save time lost to accidents or injuries.

Improve warehouse operations

Improving operations in your warehouse can also help to increase productivity. There are lots of ways that you can do this, including:

  • Investing in new technology to streamline operations and track inventory
  • Organise your products so that they are easy to find and reach
  • Use barcodes to save time and improve accuracy by reducing the time it takes to locate products.

Implement a Warehouse Management System

Warehouse management systems (WMS) are highly effective in any warehouse setting and can help you to complete different tasks including optimising workflow, planning layouts, and managing inventory.

A warehouse management system can also create efficient picking and packing processes, which improve productivity.

Maintain your equipment

Maintaining equipment is incredibly important if you want to keep your warehouse productive. With this in mind, you should invest in regular maintenance to keep your equipment in the very best condition and working to the highest standard. This will not only avoid any dips in productivity and downtime, but will also save money by keeping costly repairs to a minimum.

At Optima, we provide powerful warehouse management systems to make your business more efficient and more profitable. To find out more, please get in touch.