“How to keep order in the warehouse?” – this is a question that every company faces sooner or later. Getting lost in a warehouse can be frustrating, and even dangerous if you are trying to find something important.
If there is no order, then the efficiency of your business will be severely compromised and can even turn into a dangerous situation if you are trying to find something important.
7 tips on how to make sure that everything can be found in the warehouse:
- Label items with barcodes. It is easy to scan and identify an item if you can see its barcode. If your company does not use any kind of labeling, then it will be difficult for employees in the warehouse to figure out what each box contains. This could lead to more mistakes being made when placing orders from suppliers or picking up goods at the store front door.
- Put shelves on a manageable height so that all boxes are visible underneath them. Shelves should have enough space between them to make sure there is no clutter, but close enough together so as not much time has wasted moving around looking for things.
- Place similar products next to one another on different levels of shelving units according to their size. This will help employees find what they need on their own without the assistance of someone else, saving time and effort for both parties involved.
- Sort items into separate boxes or containers by category (i.e., products that contain hardware should be in a different box than office supplies). That way, when an employee is looking to pick up equipment he needs for this week’s work order, he can just look through one container rather than rummaging around though all kinds of other goods in search of it.
- Make sure that the floor space is not cluttered and always clean, because this can create a lot of confusion for employees and make it difficult to find what they need in a timely manner. If there are any materials lying around or piles on the ground, then those should be organized as well so that everything has its place. This will help maintain order within your warehouse and prevent extra time from being spent sorting through all kinds of boxes before finding out which one contains what you were looking for when initially entering the area.
- Label cords with their appropriate plug types (i.e., power supply) to avoid mixing them up with other cables later down the road when workers need to plug in a device.
- Keep the inventory levels low because it is harder for employees to find what they are looking for when there are too many items on the shelves. This will help make sure that everything can be found without having to go through every box or container, which would take up more time than necessary and provide no guarantee of finding whatever has been lost. Clear visibility makes all the difference!
Ways of warehouse management
A manual warehouse management system is designed to be cost efficient and human intensive. A worker has a central, high viewpoint of the building and he or she can see the empty containers and shelves that need to be restocked. Two panels are still used to facilitate the movement of goods via forklifts: one on the right for loading, and one on the left for unloading. Employees stand in front of these panels as they load and unload containers, placing a “pull” when they are ready for another container to be brought over.
An automatic warehouse management system is an investment in technology that will increase efficiency by up to 20% by reducing labor costs. Unlike with a manual system, this type of system uses computers (rather than people) to scan and locate items. This reduces the need for employees to stand in front of panels, which makes it easier for them to be more productive when they are not standing idle waiting on containers or shelves.