The importance of warehousing and storage management in logistics cannot be understated, as these aspects are components that constitute a crucial aspect of the supply chain itself. Warehousing is the management of that space designated for the storage and handling of goods and materials, an important task since warehouses are considered focal points where the flow of information and products between suppliers and their beneficiaries takes place. A warehouse constitutes a centralized location to which goods arrived and where they are received, sorted, stored and distributed. Even the process of storage is not a static process, as there are many responsibilities undertaken by warehouse personnel in order to maintain the integrity and usefulness of the goods in question. Warehouses as a whole provide great economic benefits, service and operational advantages as well as a value added to the procedure by benefiting both the customer and the business when things are done properly.
Needless to say, warehouses play a key role in the supply chain and thus in the whole panorama of logistics in general. The efficiency in which a warehouse works can make or break a business by the way it utilizes the space and it runs its internal operation. Something as simple as a clean and organized warehouse can make a huge difference when it comes to minimizing safety risks and optimizing the time it takes to receive, sort, store and ship goods due to its clean and open layout.
Today in David Kiger’s Blog, we want to talk about some of the best tips given by experts when it comes to running a smooth warehouse operation and how a space can be organized to ensure taking maximum advantage of available resources.
There are many aspects to warehouse cleanliness, and it doesn’t all have to do with the actual dusting, washing, and removal of waste from work areas, it also has to do with reducing the clutter, a safety minded organization and the adoption of lean operational techniques. Reducing clutter, for example, goes hand to hand with adopting leaner techniques in which excess inventory is avoided and a faster operation can be achieved with practices that keep safety in mind and the efficiency of procedures that maximize the proper use of resources. Maintaining a lean inventory means having around only what you need, something that translates into better operational procedures and not having so much capital tied up in inventory, a practice that happens often but that is not ideal at all.
A proper labeling system is instrumental for a warehouse to work efficiently. Labels should not be limited to bar codes or SKU numbers but also should have brief descriptions that can aid when searching for specific products. Labeling is a great way to be organized and safe because it allows you to create better-sorting methods for products according to their shelving needs, safety considerations and operational needs for handling, sorting and transporting.
There are people in today’s world that still pose resistance against adopting technology into their processes. You have to understand that competitors are taking advantages of absolutely everything technology has to offer, so in order to stay ahead and to keep up with the demands of the business, you have to keep up with technology. This is not a burden by any means, it is instead an ally that can help you get the most out of your processes and transform your operation into a well-oiled machine. Technology has to do with hardware and software alike, so both of these aspects must be considered in order to stay relevant in today’s fast-paced environment.
It doesn’t matter you consider your current layout efficient, as your business is most likely growing so you have to accommodate to constant changes and revisit your current design. It is recommended to make a space evaluation every couple of years to make sure that the area is being used in the best possible manner. As your business grows, your warehouse requirements have to be evaluated, as a possible expansion may be needed.
Use your space wisely
People something wrongly believe they require more space when in reality the problem is poor utilization of the available area. Floor layouts must be thoroughly evaluated and floor-ready merchandise should be placed in ways that optimize traffic and regular operations. It is important to understand the volumes of capacity the warehouse has and to correctly project expected volumes for future operations in order to meet the requirements.
Optimized workstations for your employees enhance work in two ways: for one, they ensure that the space is being used in the most efficient manner and discourage the accumulation of clutter and secondly, they ensure that proper ergonomic guidelines are being followed to maximize comfort and avoid workplace injuries incurred by a workspace that does not consider proper posture while operating or that exposes the employees to unnecessary strains while working.
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