In the logistics business, every aspect of your operations should be geared toward making sure you're as efficient as possible every single day. Of course, if you've been in the industry for even a little while, you know that's easier said than done.
Fortunately, the following tips should help you get there (and stay there) if you implement them properly:
1) Clean it up and keep it that way
First and foremost, it's important to keep in mind that a cluttered, unclean warehouse is one that is inherently disorganized, according to Camcode. For that reason, you need to redouble your efforts to make sure every square inch of your floor is appropriately clear, areas are being cleaned regularly and so on. Even small amounts of clutter can waste time unnecessarily.
2) Reduce your inventory on hand
When your shelves are positively packed with items, you aren't going to operate as efficiently, Camcode said. First of all, a large inventory is expensive to build up and maintain, but it also means workers have to work more to find items for any given order. For that reason, you should always look for ways to keep your inventory lean.
3) Rearrange your items
Along similar lines to slimming your inventory, it's also important to make sure your most in-demand items are always in stock and quickly accessible for pickers and packers, according to Orderhive. Those items may change on an ongoing basis, so it's important to anticipate (based on data) what you will need to rotate in and out of those closer shelving areas.
4) Create easy shorthand
There's plenty of lingo in any industry that allows you to pass on complicated ideas quickly and easily, and you should make sure your employees have the same kind of language to speed up their work, Orderhive advised. Instead of technical terms for items you store or processes you engage in, something short and snappy will make it easier to communicate.
5) Train everyone regularly
You certainly never want to get into a situation where one worker (or more) doesn't know what's being asked of them or how they should proceed with a given task, Orderhive added. Making regular training a part of all your processes will help ensure that everyone is on the same page and you can continue to "skill up" as a team.
6) Create higher visibility
In logistics, you don't always know what you don't know, and until you do a better job of digitizing every item as it moves through your facility, it's often impossible to achieve that goal, according to Archon Interactive. The solution, then, is relatively straightforward: You should strive to invest in the best tracking software and equipment so that you always know exactly what's going on behind the scenes.
7) Don't leave orders overnight
Finally, it's important to make sure any orders you are in the process of picking and packing at the end of a shift get completed and sent out, Archon Interactive stated. That way, there is no confusion as to whether an order has been completely packed and fulfilled.