Make an Organized Warehouse Work for You
Are you getting your warehouse organized for your new business to run smoothly? Is your existing business in turmoil, thanks to a chaotic warehouse? Either way, never fear: These tips for maximizing efficiency are universal, and can help your warehouse operate like a well-oiled machine. It all starts with the right shelving unit, but it doesn’t end there.
Chances are, your inventory is as diverse as you can make it. After all, relying on one single item usually doesn’t make a lot of sense. So when you are setting up your warehouse, you’ll want to categorize your merchandise in several ways. One of the most overlooked ways is “size.”
Small Pieces – Middle Shelf
Start with the smaller items – handheld, nuts-and-bolts stuff. The shelving units you selected will naturally have a number of shelves. You’ll want to store smaller items on the mid-level shelves – ideally between hand level, and eye level – in the proper drawers and bins. This is to help expedite the “picking and packing” step of the process. If your shipping department has to climb a ladder or stoop down for these easily grabbable items, that’s time wasted. It may seem like only seconds, but over time, those seconds become minutes, hours, and even days. And of course, time is money, so pennies become dollars, just as quick.
Heavy Merchandise – Bottom Shelf
Conversely, your business may also handle larger, bulkier, heavier inventory as well. It wouldn’t make much sense to store those high up in the rafters, would it? Nope. Keep some space for the heavy merchandise on the lower shelves, for the very same reason. Less effort to put away. Less time to take out. And yes, less money wasted. Just be sure you select a shelving unit that is strong enough to handle the job.
Rarely Used Items – Top Shelf
If you have items – displays, P.O.P, or archival materials, for example – that you only use very infrequently, you should try to store them up on top of the shelving units, where they are out of the way and don’t interfere with your shippers.
Have A System, and Stick To It
Fortunately, there are several high-quality inventory management software programs to help your business run smoothly. The proper program lets you see what you have on your shelves at the click of a button. And having that information automatically update in real time allows you to order smart – so you don’t end up with a shipment of 10,000 widgets you’ll never sell through in 100 years.
After all, your business needs inventory that collects money – not dust.
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