Keeping warehouse operations running smoothly is a mammoth task. This comes with bills to match, and they’re a pain to deal with. Here are three tips that will cut those costs, reduce risks and boost efficiency a little more.
Have the right machinery
It’s nice to have the latest, shiny new toy but that doesn’t equal good output. Having the right forklift, pallet truck or container lifter is paramount for getting the job done right. And size does in fact matter. Not every warehouse has the same amount of manoeuvrable floor space What’s the use of having a forklift if it doesn’t fit between the shelves?
The less space that’s taken up by machines means more you can allocate to employees or stock. Nobody likes working in cramped quarters.
Train your workers
Training workers in workplace health and safety and life-saving techniques like CPR is worth investing in. This way employees know what to do in case something happens and they need to act quickly. Another upside? Workers know what not to do so they avoid injuries and accidents in the first place. That’s less money spent on medical bills and liability claims.
Working with tools and machines is a different matter. Some businesses require operators to have a license to use forklifts and trucks before they’re employed, but that’s not always the case. Organise some basic “fleet training” so employees can use tools or drive forklifts themselves rather than relying on someone who’s not available.
Put items in the right place
Warehouses have orders to fill and targets to reach, but that can’t happen when popular items are placed out of reach! Make sure that stock is organised so pickers can easily reach it and move on. For efficiency this means putting in-demand stock on lower shelves or even near doors. This way employees don’t have far to go. They walk out, get what’s on their list and move on.