With the continuous rise of fuel and other operating costs, more and more businesses are finding ways on how they can reduce their warehouse expenses. They are also eager to learn tips on how they can increase their warehouse productivity. Are you one of these business owners?
Aaron Poole is happy to share some of his expertise on this matter. Read on to discover how BR International ensures maximum warehouse productivity inside its premises.
Learn how you can reduce your operational cost to as much as 30%.
Effective tips on how you can improve warehouse productivity
A productive warehouse is profitable warehouse. No doubt about it. So, if you still haven’t figured out how you can make your warehouse work towards your advantage; it’s high time you do, today. Follow these tips to start maximising your returns.
How long has your equipment been running?
Equipment depreciates over time and systems become outdated. Thus, the need to replace these with more efficient systems and equipment. How will you know if it’s time to buy a new one?
Should you replace your forklift?
Here is a recommendation you may follow when assessing if it’s time to buy a new forklift for your warehouse operations:
Type of forklift and the age of its design
Severity of the application
Number of hours it operates per month and per year
Type and frequency of maintenance it receives
Cost per hour
Do you have an updated Warehouse Management System (WMS)?
Rather than using traditional spreadsheets, start using a WMS. The most efficient warehouses use this to run their warehouses. They even have radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging support system to ensure accurate and more efficient inventory of items.
But isn’t buying newer equipment expensive?
Buying newer equipment is considered as an expensive way of improving warehouse efficiency. However, deeper analysis shows that installing new equipment results to faster production and lesser break down.
It shows your employees how much you are invested in the business and how much you want to make their jobs easier and more efficient. This increases staff morale resulting in improved productivity in the workplace.
Purchase and install newer equipment, such as doors, lifts and computer systems as needed. Do this by performing regular equipment maintenance. If in doubt, call us so we can properly assess your warehouse operation.
Do you have an efficient warehouse layout?
How will you know if your warehouse layout is efficient? Simple, can you easily and expeditiously locate and retrieve your inventory?
If the answer is ‘yes’, then you don’t need to change anything. Otherwise, you need to sit and revise your warehouse layout.
Super-size your receiving area Ensure you have enough room for your staff to break down pallets and receipt in goods.
Practice segmentation Ensure specific functions have allocated locations inside the warehouse.
Set up bin locations and pick path Develop a pick path for your pickers to follow. Start from the farthest point away from the shipping area and end with the picker in front of the shipping prep section.
Design a system of aisles and cross aisles Make it easier for your staff to move around the warehouse without bumping into one another by designing a system of aisles and cross aisles.
Apply locator system codes Develop a locator system code and make sure all your staff are familiar with it.
Do you have enough warehouse space to store your items?
There is no use redesigning your warehouse lay-out if it has reached its maximum. Accurately calculate your storage needs and decide if you need to:
Expand your existing warehouse area, if and only if, there is still space available
Construct or buy a new warehouse in a suitable location
Outsource your warehouse requirements
If you are dealing with seasonal items, it is best to outsource your warehousing needs. It will eliminate your need to invest in new:
It also saves you from having to manage an underutilised warehouse when the need to store seasonal items has passed.
Do you have a visible management inside the warehouse?
Ensure management’s presence is felt by the workers inside the warehouse. Let everyone know you are aware of their jobs. Make every effort of your staff count by acknowledging hard working employees.
Oh no! My warehouse is a mess. I am looking for help.
Maintaining your own warehouse is a complex task. Unless you have the right staff and sufficient training, it is very much possible for you to lose more rather than earn more running it on your own. Talk to us if your warehouse delivers:
Inaccurate, lost and damaged inventory and equipment
Blocked aisles, low productivity and work injuries
Inability to ship on time
If you are not measuring these key performance indicators (KPIs) then you need to start as soon as possible.
We’ll give you cost effective solutions on how to properly manage your inventories. Call us at 1300 348 828.