Having an efficient warehouse can speed up deliveries going out as well as putting new stock away. The less time your staff uses towards looking for items that are in an obscure place the more they can spend working on more profitable projects. Here are some tips to making your area more efficient.
Clean Up and Organize
Having your warehouse clean and things put in their place can lead to an efficient working area. Keep your cargo lift clear of product and debris so it can be accessed easily. Store equipment where it belongs and return it when you are finished. Keep walkways swept clear of trash and pick up large pieces of garbage and dispose of them.
Keep What You Need
To keep your area running smoothly, keep just the amount of stock you need to fulfill orders. Recording your inventory coming in and out carefully can indicate when you should reorder. There are software programs that can assist you with this and tell you when to place an order.
Purchase Reliable Storage
Installing shelving and bins to hold your product will keep your walkways free and allow machinery and employees to move around with little disruption. It will also allow you to set up specific places for your items so that they will be easier to find when an order is placed. It will give you multiple levels of area to store your products instead of just the floor.
Educate Your Staff
Train your staff regularly on safety topics and ways to keep the work area clear of debris. Follow up to make sure that regulations are followed and that employees are retrained if they need it. You will want to update the education concerning any equipment that you have on site and make it available for anyone who needs to see it if they are assigned to that machine.