We previously talked about how technology can lead to a more productive warehouse. This topic deserves some additional attention, and we’ll explore the topic further today.
First, let’s focus on inventory layout. Organization in your warehouse is extremely important because it determines how efficiently new materials are put away and items are retrieved for shipment. This means that you should invest in a storage system that meets your company’s needs. Your layout should be designed to specifically fit your warehouse’s unique operations.
If your materials are stored on pallets, you must have the correct system in place to allow easy pallet access. If you’re utilizing bins, you need a racking system to accommodate them. The better your material access and organization, the less time you lose in prepping orders for shipment.
Another area you should focus on is picking and packing. If you pull the wrong materials, someone has to both retrieve the correct merchandise and return the wrong items to where they belong. When your stock is marked with SKUs, for example, workers will be far less likely to pull the wrong materials for shipments. With the right software, pick lists can be combined to complete several orders and sort individual items directly in your shipping department.
Finally, let’s talk about loading and shipping. First in should not be first out. Trucks must loaded in the reverse order. GPS systems can help you optimize routing, loading and deliveries to ensure complete customer satisfaction. This way, you’ll always know where shipments are if customers have questions.
Make use of the organization, storage, communication and software solutions available to keep your warehouse operations up to date. These implementations will improve productivity and increase your bottom line.
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