[This article was written by Lizzie Weakley.]
Running a warehouse is by no means easy. In fact, it can be extremely complex. Even worse, mistakes made in the warehouse can have huge negative implications. They can result in thousands of dollars’ worth of stock being destroyed. In some cases, you may not even be able to find what you’re looking for. Overall, you need to make efficiency a priority in your warehouse if you want your business to prosper. Here are some strategies for organizing your warehouse for increased efficiency.
Implement an Advanced Inventory Control System
One of the most common problems that happens in a warehouse occurs when stock runs out prematurely. Alternatively, you may end up ordering too much stock. To solve these problems, consider investing in an advanced digital inventory control system. Such a system can calculate just the right amount of stock to order based on previous business. It can also automate reordering stock before you run out so there is never an actual shortage.
Supply Warehouse Employees with the Right Equipment
Properly organizing a warehouse requires obtaining the right equipment for your employees. To properly locate items on the warehouse floor and use the inventory control system, digital devices like tablets are a must. You also need the right equipment to safely move stock. If your stock is heavy enough, you will need to invest in a forklift. If your stock changes in size and weight on a constant basis, a forklift rental may be a more cost-effective solution.
Streamline the Flow of Traffic
You should also be reconsidering the layout of the warehouse in general. Is it set up in a way that maximizes efficiency? Consider how products enter the warehouse through receiving and how they are later expedited for distribution. Is there a way that you can reposition workers and equipment so that the flow of traffic is more streamlined? Little changes like this can make a big difference in regard to increasing efficiency.
Reconsider Your Storage
How you store products and other items you have in stock in your warehouse also matters a great deal when it comes to increasing efficiency. Storage bins, shelves, containers and other forms of storage must be easy for employees to locate and use to retrieve stock. They must be properly organized and functional in regard to design and features. Most importantly, however, they should be safe. Stock falling on warehouse employees from improper storage has certainly led to fatalities and debilitating injuries.
If you are having trouble keeping costs under control in your warehouse, it’s probably time to rethink the layout, design and functionality of your warehouse. Making changes and supplying warehouse workers with the right tools can do a great deal to increase efficiency. Increases in efficiency can, of course, lead to increases in profit margins.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.