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10 strategies to optimize warehouse operations

  1. 1. 10 Strategies To Optimize Warehouse Operations ind-svcs.com/blog/10-strategies-optimize-warehouse-operations/ Warehouse Operations The economic times has impacted on every aspect of business, including warehousing and distribution. Warehouses are looking to reduce operating expenses but still need to maximize the resources. Other warehouse management challenges which af f ect the operation will include: Maintaining vendor relationships Improving inventory controls Controlling operational costs Satisf ying increasingly demanding customers When looking to optimize your warehousing and distribution operations, you want proven solutions that are aimed to eliminate non-value added processes. Determine what your f ocus is, distribution to gain visibility, inventory levels, your ability to meet customer demands and shipment schedules. Optimization can reduce operational costs, provide world class compliance f or customers and vendors, and leverage real-time inf ormation to manage your warehouse operations. Applied smartly, they can bring your organization’s logistics strategy will help provide a competitive edge. Some high perf ormance strategies adaption in dif f erent levels of operation in warehousing and distribution can help these management challenges: Labor Management Tracking real-time activity of warehouse workers and comparing them against labor standards and applying a tool to improve worker productivity. Reduce time wasted by deploying methods that reduce travel time, condense the pick f ace thus allowing your staf f to work smarter, not harder. Go real time and get rid of paper. You can gain visibility with a warehousing and distribution control system with dashboards, voice- and light directed activities. Load Building/Cubing Can determine the ideal pallet level and placement to determine f or each item and enable the warehouse to reduce spacing requirements. Consider methods that manage the f low f aster and more ef f icient. Task Management Coordination of the day-to-day work in the warehousing and distribution and create a combination of cycles such as when a worker puts a pallet away, and retrieves the next
  2. 2. pallet on the way to the dock area. Group orders and concurrently picking SKUs f or multiple orders, this will allow the warehouse worker to be more productive. Eliminate travel arrange warehouse workers where one remains in a location and retrieves the item to a central location. Slotting Determine the optimal mix of storage mediums and the ideal location based upon projected f amily groupings, replenishment and cubic velocity. Use a mixed-case palletizing system to determine if the assembly process will be more ef f icient. This can be done by streamlining with semi-automated or automated systems; f or more ef f iciency. Most importantly, reducing time wasted and f aster turn-around times will reduce logistics costs and reduce the stress on warehousing employees and driving towards operational improvements. It is critical to your warehousing staf f ability to f ill orders quickly, accurately and saf ely. Commonwealth Industrial Services, Inc. (CIS) is an industrial services company located in Hopewell, Virginia. Although historically a service business, CIS’ primary prof it center is the packaging and resale of ammonium sulf ate. Follow Us Latest posts by Industrial Services (see all) 10 Strategies To Optimize Warehouse Operations - May 26, 2014 May Ammonium Sulf ate Be Used In Pop-up Fertilization? - April 11, 2014 How Do Ammonium Sulf ate and Gypsum Dif f er? - April 7, 2014