Warehouse efficiencies depend on the production processes of manufacturing companies. If a manufacturer wastes material or time, the rate of success is extremely low. Unfortunately, processes to increase efficiencies in the production floor does not mean it will translate to the warehouse. Companies who do not spend the time to ensure their warehouses are managed correctly can mean failures down the line.
What Warehouse Efficiencies Can Mean
There are many places within modern warehouse facilities that can bring about inefficiencies. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the warehouse manufacturers to locate and be able to respond to them quickly. The good thing is that most of these warehouses already have the correct tools for dealing with these problems. Whether they are newer and advanced technology to good old-fashion common sense – the solutions are available.
However, a little foresight and introduction of these newer applications can streamline the entire inventory and warehouse processes effectively. Doing so can make the entire warehouse process efficient and free from troubles.
For those looking for ideas on how to control inventory and increase warehouse efficiencies, continue reading below.
Five Helpful Tips for Controlling Inventory and Warehouse Efficiencies
Introduce an Automated Data System
Using barcodes or RFID (radio-frequency identification) systems to collect data reduces the risk of human error. When humans are tasked with collecting data using pencil-and-paper, this can be risky and effect warehouse efficiencies. Failure to write clearly or write down the correct letter or number can be the difference in losing thousands of dollars.
By introducing an automated data system, it keeps data as up to date as possible. Plus it allows everyone to be able to access the information at any time instantly.
Plan Ahead with Picking Procedures
It is important to plan well in advance for waves of picking. This helps allocate resources effectively because instead of being short-handed during the surge period, it can be avoided if included in the planning process. Recognize patterns in the picking style so those responsible can direct pickers – human or automated – to areas needed most.
Automated Replenishment from Automated Data Systems
Another reason to introduce automated data collection is the replenishment process can also be automated (to an extent). When the centralized warehouse management system notices that inventory drops below a certain level, it can alert suppliers to refill it. Otherwise, stock levels can be left to fall below a certain point without anyone ever noticing.
Track All Movements for Inventory
Everything that occurs in a warehouse should be tracked and not taken for granted. From the moment merchandise arrives until it is sent out, every movement needs to be tracked with a transaction. This helps reduce the possibility that an item can fall through the cracks without someone noticing. When every action is tracked it becomes easier to relocate an item at any given time.
Utilize Vendor Compliance Programs
Vendors help bear some of the responsibility for ensuring everything in the warehouse operates as efficiently as possible. Utilizing and enforcing a vendor compliance program can help keep them on track. With systems like this in place, vendors have the ability to provide important information to the facility about shipment status, whats arriving on what date, and when shipments need to go out. Doing so will ensure not only an efficient warehouse but also a successful supply chain process.
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