It’s the goal of every warehouse manager: make the warehouse more productive while managing to lower costs. If you can do that, you are worth your weight in gold. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to make your warehouse run faster and more error-free than ever. Check out these five tips from our warehouse consultants and see if they could be right for your warehouse.
Know your numbers.
You can’t improve on your numbers if you don’t know what they are in the first place! Make sure that you have a clear understanding of the metrics at work in your warehouse. Know what numbers are important and what needs to be improved upon first. This can help you streamline your thinking and focus in on what really matters to your warehouse instead of taking the scattershot approach and not making any real, significant changes.
Automate your inventory.
So many warehouses are avoiding the automation of their inventory. It’s something that can make a huge difference in the efficiency of your warehouse. There is no danger of an automated inventory system putting you out of a job, either. Inventory is one area that will still require a human touch on occasion. But automation can take a lot of the little things off of your plate and make reorders a quicker, easier process.
Maximize your space.
Don’t think of it as running out of space…think of it as an opportunity to maximize the space that you have. Many warehouses fail to make use of their vertical space and just complain that there is no floor space left. DAK warehouse consultants can work with you to create a layout and design of your warehouse equipment that maximizes every inch of your warehouse. You’ll be amazed at how much space we can find!
Keep your inventory lean.
A lean inventory is one that’s not being wasted. Practicing inventory that’s just enough and just in time helps you keep the shelves clear, maximize on what’s in the warehouse already, and create a system that’s quick to respond without bogging down in materials. Slotting and automated inventory can help you reduce your overhead inventory costs, too.
Your warehouse is only as efficient as your team. Make sure they have the tools they need to get the job done. This means keeping all workspaces organized and optimized with everything they need for their job, whether it’s job, a pen, a forklift, or other tools. Optimize your employees’ workspaces and see how much faster things get done.
Need Help Making Your Warehouse More Efficient?
These aren’t the only tips we have! Talk to one of our DAK Equipment & Engineering warehouse consultants about the challenges that your warehouse is facing. They’ll help you find the right solutions, whether it’s a consultation with our warehouse layout design team or finding you the pallet racks that are best suited for your space. With over 20 years of experience, our team has the ideas that your warehouse needs. Get in touch with us by giving us a call or contacting us through our website for more information. We’re looking forward to speaking with you soon and finding the perfect warehouse solutions!