Do you want to reduce accidents, boost productivity, and streamline your business?
Well, here’s how to do it:
Organize your warehouse.
From receiving to storing to shipping, the layout and flow of your warehouse will determine in large part how well your business operates.
We’ll help you get your warehouse in order and improve the speed and efficiency of your employees with the following 7 warehouse organization tips.
Your Warehouse layout design is the bedrock of warehouse organization.
Without it, you won’t be able to optimize the rest of your warehouse.
Here are 3 major principles to keep in mind when planning (or updating) your warehouse layout:
Warehouse racking organization is a method of storing your inventory vertically instead of horizontally, such as on pallet racks.
This is a cost-effective way to maximize your warehouse space if you carry a lot of inventory or if you have a small warehouse and can’t afford to buy more space.
Vertical racks also allow you more space on the ground for forklifts and other trucks to easily maneuver around your warehouse, as well as more space for additional employee work areas and safety stock inventory.
ABC analysis of inventory is a method of sorting your inventory into 3 categories according to how well they sell and how much they cost to hold:
ABC analysis of inventory is one way of applying Pareto’s 80/20 principle. The bulk of your profits will usually come from about 20% of your total inventory.
After grouping your inventory into ABC categories, arrange your pick and pack area in a way that gives your employees the easiest access to A SKUs, then B SKUs, and finally C SKUs.
The more clutter in your warehouse the higher the likelihood of safety hazards and accidents, in addition to reduced productivity.
An orderly warehouse, on the other hand, will increase your efficiency and throughput, while potentially improving your lead times.
Your employees shouldn’t have to rely on memory when searching for items in your warehouse. Every SKU in your inventory should be clearly labeled for easy identification.
Keep your labeling consistent for every item (i.e. always label the bottom right corner of boxes) and include all the necessary information on every label, such as:
Also, consider using RFID barcodes for quick scanning and easy stocktaking.
Receiving inventory effectively is one of the key warehouse management tips because it sets the tone for the rest of your warehouse and inventory processes. If you screw it up, everything else will be screwed up with it.
Here are a few ways you can improve inventory receiving:
To continually improve your warehouse’s organization, you’ll need to continually review your warehouse operations.
From placement of equipment to flow of processes to effectiveness of policies, you should regularly verify that you’re maximizing your warehouse space and improving your employees’ productivity.
By formalizing a policy of “checking in” with your warehouse systems and organization, you’ll be able to quickly identify any problems in your processes that could harm your bottom line long-term if you don’t address them.
Cloud-based inventory management will help you keep your warehouse organized automatically.
You’ll be able to easily implement barcode technology, organize your inventory according to ABC categories or any other system, and know exactly where your items are for quick retrieval.
Plus, if you’re managing multiple warehouses and you can’t oversee all of them all the time, a cloud-based inventory management system delivers a bird’s eye view of each warehouse and its activities right to your computer, wherever you are in the world.
If you’re serious about warehouse organization, and you want to optimize its efficiency, then DEAR Inventory can help.
From real-time inventory tracking to accurate customer demand forecasts, DEAR Inventory provides the tools you need to grow your business while keeping it organized and efficient. It syncs with the best business apps (Xero, Shipstation, etc.) and it’s customizable to meet your needs whether you’re a wholesaler, manufacturer, or retailer. If you want Enterprise-level software at a fraction of the cost, DEAR Inventory is right for you.
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