Basic tips to optimise warehousing operations
Warehouses are hectic, busy places with lots of coming and going and the increased demand for goods over recent times has certainly demonstrated the overwhelming need for optimal warehouse processes and practices.
An organised warehouse can help things to run much more smoothly and doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul. Here are some simple tips to making the most of your storage space.
Map it Out
Knowing what space you have will help to use it to its full potential. Physically getting floorplans out to review how you are using the space may reveal small slight changes that can be made in order to use the space more efficiently and potentially store more!
Having floorplans to hand will not only help you plan and review the use of your space, but if they are made visible to everyone it can be a great way to help new employees find their way around and learn quickly where things are.
Create a Receiving Area
If there is space available to keep a dedicated area for receiving stock and taking care of administration processes then it is wise to separate this from the main warehousing space. This area can primarily be used for visitors to check – in and depending on the size of your space can also be used as a holding area for goods.
Keeping this dedicated area away from the hustle and bustle of the main warehousing space will avoid injury or accident to admin staff and creates a clear definition of which task are to be carried out where.
This is the most critical area for organisation, being that it is the most changeable. With goods in and out constantly it is easy for this area to become disorganised, especially during peak sales periods.
There ought to be a clear system in place for storing goods so they can be stored and found for dispatch easily. The organisation is also important from a health and safety point of view, ensuring goods are stored quickly and not creating hazards.
Separate your Picking Area
It is not always possible or relevant to keep a picking area isolated from other operations, however it can be helpful to improve the efficiency of the warehouse and dedicated teams or staff.
Positioning your picking area adjacent to storage would be optimal in keeping the overarching dispatch processes in one larger area.
An optimised warehouse is safer and potentially much more profitable. Once processes break down or disorganisation turns into hazards it can create bottlenecks in the operation of your business.
A warehouse is the hub of your organisation and will be in constant use, it therefore makes sense that a good deal of time is spent reviewing and looking for new opportunities to make the most of the space.
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