When your operation suffers from layers of inefficiencies, it can be a recipe for trouble. It’s no secret that expectations on your warehouse are rapidly increasing in correlation with customer demands for quick and accurate shipping.
These underlying problems aren’t just numbers on a management report; The ripple effects are frustrated managers and unmotivated employees within the business. Not to mention, customers who have a bad ordering experience with your company may not come back a second time.
These warehouse management challenges can be decreased substantially or avoided all together if you put the following essential steps in place:
Be sure to put procedures in place for every aspect of your warehouse operations – from receiving and grouping orders to exception handling and shipping. The key is to make them as easy as possible to understand and follow. As a manager, do the training necessary to ensure employees know who’s supposed to be doing what – and when.
Another aspect is worker efficiency. Warehouse staff can move around your facility more quickly when there aren’t piles of boxes, etc. in their way. And if you have a clean workplace – employees will naturally have more pride in it and be more likely to protect your assets and your name.
Modern technology such as handheld barcode scanners and the associated software and wireless capabilities will naturally get you ahead of the game. It will eliminate keystrokes upfront as well as time to fix administrative/input errors in the long run.
Remember your employees’ point of view. Change is not always easy for most, especially when they’ve done it the same way for years. Before implementing a new system, introduce them to the software and hardware in consideration. This makes them feel valued and part of the selection process. If they are comfortable with the technology, user adoption and implementation will be a much smoother process.
If a process is changed, make sure managers are closely keeping track. This data is important to compare productivity against prior procedures, providing important metrics to make more informed decisions in the future.
Warehouse management teams who are engaged with their employees can make all the difference in the world. When they do regular rounds on the warehouse floor and have conversations with employees, they can be more in tune with daily challenges. In turn, managers have the decision-making power to make tweaks in processes to gain efficiency.
Investing in modern technology is very important for today’s warehouses. Combining intuitive systems with practical day-to-day initiatives will make for happier workers, efficient operations and return customers.
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