Organization is essential for starting and running a successful company. The warehouse should be thought of as the base of your business. You’ve come to the right place if you’re running a disorganized warehouse and need some assistance prioritizing the next move. It’s best to start small and work your way up because you’ll see a big difference with a quick payoff. Here are some tips to get you started on your warehouse organization.
Consider the Layout and Floor Plan
If you’re in the process of designing your warehouse, you’re in luck because you can start from scratch. Working from a clean slate is nice because it allows you to add features such as aisles or a modular factory office or office booth on a busy factory floor. These small offices are perfect for a quiet space where paperwork, phone calls, and the like can take place amidst a bustling warehouse. If you already have a working layout, adjusting some things to fit your needed additions as early as possible is important.
Take a step back and remember the current configuration of your warehouse. A well-organized work environment should be both safe and effective for the employees. The order of operations should be set up in the flow. For example, inventory enters Receiving and then goes to Storage, where it is stored in one or more zones depending on the storage system. Orders are picked, wrapped, sent to storage, and then shipped out the door.
Through having maps, you can assist your employees in navigating the warehouse. Although labels and signage communicate what they need to know, maps can be particularly useful for new or seasonal workers who are unfamiliar with the facility. The quicker people get to where they need to go, the better they can complete their tasks.
Streamline the Receiving Process
Do you have a stack of boxes next to the front door? This is a hallmark of a disorganized warehouse. Examine the inventory-receiving procedure. The inventory that comes through the door is just as important as the inventory that leaves. Assign someone to be in charge of receiving, as they will be your quality control person. Was the shipment in good shape and did you obtain the right quantity? They can properly process the shipment and promptly store the goods in your well-labeled storage systems. Make sure they have a dedicated file or place in the factory office to keep track of their files.
Inventory management keeps track of all that happens in your warehouse. It can be challenging for your workers to do their work if you don’t have a system in place to keep track of your products. Stock categorization and proper storage methods help you make the most of your current room and free up previously unused space, allowing you to expand capacity and boost efficiencies. A modular warehouse office can be an excellent centralized place for your inventory management files.
Train Your Staff
After you’ve transformed your disorganized warehouse into a modern and improved facility, teach your employees how to keep it running smoothly. To ensure that the new layout is sustainable, set goals and check in with your employees on a regular basis. This process will be aided by the labels, signs, and maps you’ve made which should be housed in the modular warehouse office.
Keep It Clean and Clear
Don’t forget this move, whether you build a checklist for your employees to complete at the end of their shift, such as sweeping, cleaning work surfaces, and so on, or you hire a cleaning service to clean your facility. Employee protection is ensured by keeping the warehouse free of dust and debris, as well as larger hazards such as spills. This would also help to avoid product failure or harm to your inventory. Cleaning supplies should be stored out of the way in a designated closet or office.
Also, the most well-organized warehouse has many moving pieces; from portable offices to forklifts and pallets. To keep staff and equipment secure, keep aisles clear for moving vehicles such as forklifts. Optimize aisle space for forklifts to move easily without wasting valuable floor space by giving them too much room. It’s also easier to access stored SKUs when there’s less clutter.