Because the warehouse plays such a key role in the supply chain, it is crucial that its processes operate efficiently. Proper organization and optimal warehouse design are great ways to ensure that business runs smoothly while functioning safely and profitably.
Efficiency is not the only factor to consider in a warehouse, however. Maintaining a safe environment is top priority when it comes to workplace operations. A dysfunctional or cluttered warehouse can be dangerous for employees, but a well-designed and coordinated floor is an indispensable resource. Organization allows you to utilize all the available space in the most productive way. When everything is in a designated spot, it is easier to determine which equipment or inventory is unused so you can clear it out to make space for more valuable assets.
How to Start the Organization Process
Maybe you are ready to execute a warehouse organization plan but are thinking, “Where do I start?”Focus first on reducing clutter and creating a clean area. This will provide a better sense of the shelving and floor space available for workplace processes. Then you can determine how to optimize the warehouse with a thought-out floor plan for inventory, machinery and everything else the business needs to be productive.
When customizing a warehouse to fit the needs of your business, keep safety, functionality, efficiency and profitability at the forefront of the organizational model. Take all the necessary steps to design an organized warehouse, and avoid cutting corners in the process. Frequent mistakes — including overabundance of inventory, failure to factor in staff development,and lack of automation — could negatively impact productivity and morale. Consult the accompanying infographic for more tips on how to bypass some of these common errors.
Author bio: Don Amato is Vice President of Sales for Chicago Tag & Label, which manufactures form labels, labels and tags that deliver solutions to a broad range of industries including retail, industrial, manufacturing, distribution and medical environments.
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