According to Benjamin Franklin, “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” In a warehouse, where time really is money, improved organization can truly impact the bottom line. Our experts at DJ Products, makers of the TrailerCaddy a motorized trailer dolly, share some useful tips to help organize your warehouse.
1. Practice good housekeeping.
To paraphrase a popular saying, a cluttered warehouse can lead to a cluttered mind. Studies show that cluttered spaces often cause procrastination and difficulty focusing, two qualities you can’t afford to have in your workers. Schedule time each week to tidy up the warehouse.
2. Keep inventory lean.
Inventory bloat results in added costs and reduced efficiency in fulfilling orders. Work with suppliers to see if you can arrange smaller loads delivered on a more frequent basis.
3. Monitor inventory error rates.
There’s always room for improvement, but you need to know where to place the focus. When you track how and when errors are made, you can discover patterns that lead to workable solutions.
4. Institute a program of cycle counts.
The sooner you catch inventory discrepancies, the sooner they can be corrected before they snowball into major problems. A single annual inventory leaves too much room for things to fall through the cracks. Use cycle counts for improved accuracy.
5. Leverage technology.
Workplace automation becomes more sophisticated almost daily. Tools such as warehouse management software reduce the number of tasks that need to be done manually. If you don’t commit to implementing high-tech solutions wherever possible, you run the risk of losing business to your competitors who do.
6. Invest in labels and signs.
Look at your warehouse from the perspective of a new employee. Is it easy to navigate the various sections? Do you have to search shelves to find a specific product? Use labels, floor maps and signs so every element of the warehouse is clearly marked.
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Without proper organization, a warehouse yard can quickly evolve into chaos. Our battery-powered trailer dolly lets a single employee transport heavy trailers between docks and staging areas quickly and efficiently. Contact us to learn more.