Five Ways to Make Your Warehousing & Storage Operations Efficient
You are probably living with the presumption that your warehouse operations are efficient and coordinated with products being picked, packed and distributed on time.
But, there are many disruptions at every point in the warehouse which your warehouse managers, executives, and delivery agents are fighting off daily to ensure that goods are delivered smoothly and timely. So, while fulfilling their responsibility, they are consistently looking for ways to raise the efficiency of warehousing and storage services. If they still can’t achieve that, it means there are areas in the warehouse that are lacking facilities and hence have a big impact on productivity.
Smart Delivery Service Inc. is one of the leading companies offering warehousing, storage and delivery services in Dallas, TX, and Minneapolis, MN and has presented tips on how to optimize the efficiency of your warehouse.
Understanding the key performance indicators
Identify certain parameters or metrics in your warehouse operations that will help you gauge the efficiency attained in picking, storing and dispatching the products and orders. Some, for instance, are costs for shipping orders per box, put-away cost per line, receiving cycle time, labor and equipment utilization, and carrying cost of inventory.
Don’t forget to set targets for each KPI and track performance to see whether your targets are achieved.
Consolidating the storage locations of the same product
If the same product comes in too many shipments and you have to store them at different locations, then consider consolidating them at one single large location. This will not only help in optimizing the space used but will also help your warehouse staff in the put-away process.
Adopting a trending software technology
A standalone ERP system or a great WMS (Warehouse Management System) can help in making warehouse management efficient. With details of storage space and products fed into the systems, they provide suggestions for the routes for picking and methods for dispatch. The systems are integrated with barcoding or radio frequency identification (RFID) which raise the accuracy of transactions and eliminate any chances of picking errors.
Besides that, adopting a software technology helps give warehouse managers a 360-degree view of their warehouse by combining data from different facilities, and bin locations within each facility. This helps track inventory and order fulfillment real-time.
Getting the warehouse layout revised
Figure out how things can be best arranged in the warehouse considering efficiency in all processes and get a revised layout. Keep in mind the entrances and exits of goods, type of goods to be stored, their safety and storage conditions. Subsequently, sort similar products and decide their storage and transmit paths. This also includes organizing the various workstations of the warehouse so that the workers, keepers, and managers get everything at bay.
Use of maps, labels and enough signage
Make sure the floor plan of your warehouse is known to all workers. Post maps describing the floor plan at every corner and needed places to help workers find out the locations of any product faster. Apart from that, use signs (as many as needed) to mark the bins, storage areas and labels to mark products types and sizes.
Making the warehouse efficient is more about keeping everything sorted and within hand’s reach of every staff member in the warehouse. We at Smart Delivery Service Inc. can help you make your warehousing functions agile, organized and efficient with our own storage facilities and equipment. We are a premier company of smart courier and warehousing services in the USA. So, get in touch with us today.