As 2014 proves to be a busy year in warehouse storage, the ever increasing demands of order fulfilment makes maintaining a warehouse an ongoing struggle. However, with our warehouse efficiency tips, you can get this year off to a flying start and ensure that everything runs smoothly for the year ahead.
Expand Your Warehouse Receiving Area
One of the key elements of warehouse efficiency is in its layout. If you’re not making proper use of your available space, you could be losing out on orders. Its worthwhile giving some thought to your warehouse’s receiving area; this is after all, the area where it all begins. Having adequate space to receive orders reduces the likelihood of deliveries being mixed up as they’re received. It’s safe to say that most warehouse inventory errors begin in the receiving area and making a mistake here will only lead to further mistakes down the line, costing you money.
Do Some Spring Cleaning
Its March already, which gives you the perfect excuse to part with the old and make way for the new. Having a good clean out of your warehouse space can uncover a whole manner of things: lost order sheets, invoices, damaged goods and what’s more, these things are likely to have lost you money at some point. Other than being good for the soul, cleaning your warehouse space gives staff a greater sense of pride in their working environment and encourages people to maintain the space’s cleanliness and organisation.
Take Regular Inventories of Your Stock
Working an inventory check into your busy routine may be low on your priority list but knowing your exact stock quantity can help you make informed decisions quickly, without having to refer to old data. Regular stock checks ensure the accuracy of your databases and reduce the chances of you ordering incorrect quantities. Looking back to our previous point, stock checks may also uncover some of those missing items that you’ve been looking for.
A disorganised warehouse space creates avoidable errors so make sure that increasing your warehouse efficiency is on your list of priorities this year. How do you plan to improve your warehouse efficiency? How do you see this benefiting your business?