Are your current warehouse procedures causing productivity problems?

Warehouse management is commonly related with six (6) basic principles: accuracy, efficiency, cost control, safety and security & cleanliness. However, under these tenets are processes and procedures that are complex and continuously changing. Many times, these dynamic warehouse procedures present warehouse managers with major issues and problems, which negatively affect productivity.

Let’s explore the common problems experienced in today’s warehouse operations and their recommended solutions:

1. Redundant processes

Redundant processes and procedures are time-consuming, increase labor cost and adversely affect employee productivity. It is important that warehouse managers re-evaluate their current processes, procedures to find ways to streamline workflows that optimise productivity and efficiency. Automated and up-to-date systems in warehouse operations can also help in reducing the amount of time employees will spend on manual, repeatable tasks.

2. Inventory inaccuracy

Inaccurate inventory causes issues, such as maintaining improper stock quantities and buildups of obsolete inventory. Moreover, due to inaccurate inventory or stock information, other problems arise such as picking problems, increased expenses, low productivity and lost revenue. Having an automated inventory system provides a solution to this type of problem. A high-quality automated system provides real-time and accurate data about inventory levels and compositions.

3. Poor facility layout

Many warehouses are having problems with inadequate storage spaces and inefficient use of available storage. Warehouse managers should maximise the use of space by having an optimal layout, that should include both the floor space and the vertical space available for use. A good layout will maximise the use of equipment and labor and will provide more accessibility to items and materials.

4. Inadequate health and safety management

Prioritising health and safety is critical to a warehouse operation. Yet, too often, this is overlooked in a busy warehouse environment. Failing to regulate and carry out health and safety procedures can lead to sickness, absences, reduced productivity, injuries, legal issues, and even fatalities. Warehouse managers should stay up to date to health and safety regulations and maintain a “safety first” culture.

5. Poor housekeeping

Some obvious signs of a poorly kept warehouse are messy loading docks, littered aisles, unorganised pallets and materials not located in their proper places. Aside from safety consequences, these will surely slow down processes, efficiency and productivity.

To reduce build-up of clutter, warehouse managers should implement a strict practice of housekeeping, such as alloting a certain amount of time to cleaning and organising at the end of each shift, or employ the services of a professional industrial cleaner.

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to a benchmark standard. Whether it is high level warehouse cleaning, factory cleaning or comprehensive industrial floor cleaning (in occupied areas or empty areas) we aim to work with you to make sure that the end cleaning product presents a sparkling clean professional image to your public and customers.

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As the owner or manager of a busy warehouse, productivity and efficiency are at the top of your list of priorities. You can never be too efficient when running your own business. You may think you’ve tried it all but you may be wrong! Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked and in fact they end up being the things that cost your business the most. So we have created a guide that highlights the few simple ways that you could save yourself and your business precious time and money.

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