Efficiency is a big part of managing a warehouse, probably second only to safety. But the truth is, a more efficient warehouse is a safer warehouse. There is less scrambling and searching. Everyone knows where everything is.
Inventory is safe, secure, and easy to access.
That’s the type of warehouse everyone wants. After all, a warehouse isn’t just some shed that scraps are thrown into. A warehouse is a working and moving system, a fine tuned machine.
It’s in your best interest to keep it running optimally. How do you do that? There are a lot of ways. We’ve listed a few simple tips below to get you started.
1. Keep it Clean. Remove the Clutter.
Just like you change the oil in an engine to remove all the build up and debris, you need to make sure your warehouse stays clean.
Keep the isles clear.
Remove dust, dirt, and debris from shelves.
Clean any spills.
Take out unnecessary shelves, and racks.
Basically anything that isn’t need or being used should be gone, whether it’s garbage or old shelving.
2. Make Sure Staff Follows Proper Procedure
You have rules and regulations for a reason. Even if just one or two warehouse workers aren’t following protocol, your entire warehouse system could be thrown off.
Make sure everyone is properly trained, knows how to do things the right way, and actually does them that way.
3. Update/Upkeep Your Equipment
Take an inventory of your equipment, from shelves to jacks. If something is broken or bent, fix it. If there is something you need, but can’t afford, consider used equipment.
Quality used equipment is much better than broken (or missing) equipment.
4. Safety First
When you’re working with power equipment, forklift ramps, and loading docks, safety can’t be stressed enough. There is a lot of heavy material moving around. Make sure your equipment is only being used by people trained to do so.
A safe warehouse is a more efficient warehouse. The two are symbiotic. And an efficient warehouse has all of the right equipment. If you’re looking to update your warehouse equipment, we can help you with that.
Whether you’re looking for new or used.
Have any tips you would like to share? What do you think the best warehouse management advice is?