No matter how big a warehouse is, or how many its employees are, as long as numerous workflow problems, disruptions, and distractions occur, it won’t reach its target revenues. An efficiently performing warehouse, on the other hand, typically produces results that have maximised returns.
Since you want your organisation to belong to the second group, now is the best time for you to review the workplace efficiency to check which areas you need to improve upon. And once you determine what these are, then you can carry out the best ways to boost overall productivity.
To give you some idea on the most effective warehouse productivity enhancers are, here are just a few of them:
Warehouse layout assessment
Next, take the time to reassess the layout of the warehouse. Ask the most important questions, such as how accessible the stock items are to workers and their arrangement. Does your staff have an easy time locating the items they need? How much time to they expend to gain physical access to these? How safe and secure are the storage areas, and do they maximise the space you have?
Answering these questions will allow you to determine whether the warehouse has an effective and efficient arrangement. Some of the key aspects you should look more into are the shelving units; their load capacity and their placement in the work grounds. A primary addition you should make is heavy duty longspan shelving, which doesn’t just serve as a secure and safe storage; it also helps maximise the available space.
When you invest in better equipment, particularly those for access (doors and lifts) as well as monitoring and digitalising (computer systems), your warehouse not only stays on top of the latest in technology, which runs faster and has longer-lasting lifespans; it also simplifies many of your day to day operations.
This will also instil a positive impression in your people, particularly on their morale, as they most likely will see it as an act proving just how invested you are in the organisation and how you want to help make their jobs easier.