Excellent management is essential in maintaining the operational efficiency of a warehouse. Customer satisfaction, productivity and profit can all suffer if warehouse management isn’t what it should be. With a few good warehousing practices, however, you can keep your operations running smoothly at all times.
Here are some of the most common mistakes in warehouse management and how you can address them:
Accuracy and efficiency go hand in hand when handling the inventory. When companies manually track inventory, it can lead to several operational issues, such as a build-up of obsolete products, improper stock levels and incorrect data. Human error will always be a factor in manually tracking your inventory, no matter how well trained and diligent your workers are. Errors in your inventory could increase your expenses, affect productivity and lose you revenue.
Many companies invest in automated warehouse management systems for their warehouses. These systems offer real-time and accurate information about stock levels and other important information regarding the products your warehouse carries. An efficient and dependable inventory system is critical to your success.
Before the rise of automated systems, several employees would deal with the same product many times before passing it onto the client or consumer. Today, despite the access to advanced technology, redundant warehouse operations are still practised.
Redundancy in the warehouse can be detrimental to your operational efficiency. They are a waste of time and can hamper your employees’ productivity. Consider re-evaluating your current warehouse processes and streamline the workflow. Eliminate any unnecessary steps in your operations and be sure to train your new employees on the new standard processes and procedures, explaining how this is beneficial to both them and the company.
Poor Space Utilisation and Warehouse Layout
Poorly configured warehouses are a major cause for concern for managers. Most warehouses encounter problems when they don’t have enough space for their products.
The effective use of space is a vital factor in warehousing. The optimal layout for a warehouse maximises both floor space and vertical space. Accessibility and security are also desired qualities of a well-planned warehouse layout. Warehouses should also offer adequate space for equipment to move and operate.
Low-Quality Storage Systems
Storage is essential in every warehouse. Your storage equipment puts warehouse space to good use by storing your products in a systemised manner.
Poorly manufactured shelving can do more harm than good to your business. If one shelf plummets, the others surrounding it can collapse too. It is important to pick a reliable storage system that is strong and durable for your weight requirements.
At Shelving Shop Group, we provide comprehensive warehouse racking inspection services. We perform audits and maintenance checks for your pallet racks, ensuring the stability of your storage systems.
Our goal is to help you maintain an organised and safe work environment for you and your employees. Shelving Shop Group carries an extensive range of shelving and storage equipment for retail, commercial and industrial sectors. Call us now on 0800 180 280 and schedule an inspection with us.