When you manage a warehouse, you know just how difficult it is to keep up with inventory processing swiftly in and out.
From the loading dock to the staging area to final release out in a shipment, it seems that nothing helps eliminate confusion. To handle logistics and warehouse management, you need a firm hand on data control, which provides the most recent updates on inventory flow.
Transforming clutter into calm is not easy, but it is doable. Here are some effective tips courtesy of Arpac Storage Systems Corp.
Use the Vertical
First of all, nothing is as confusing as hopping from pallet to pallet trying to locate a certain lot. When shelving gets behind schedule, you will notice quicker than anyone because that will be the moment when a critical part needs finding. Using the vertical means that aisles are clear for walking and you can locate each pallet by label without wasting valuable time.
Match the Warehouse Storage Unit to the Product
An example of related products with disparate storage needs are tiny packets of computer chips, which need different storage than the large housings into which they fit. While housings are relatively sturdy, computer chips are delicate and can be damaged by magnets, dust, or careless handling. If you shelve computer chip packets in small bins on pallets, you can use a wave work assist vehicle to retrieve them. This unique product eliminates the need for rolling ladders. Picking an order for shipment has never been easier.
Environment Rules the Inventory
Another element in warehouse clutter control is the general environment. Dirty floors, cold drafts from the loading dock, or even vermin in the building from a drain or air vent left open all affect morale. No one works their best when they notice that housekeeping has slacked off. Keep up employees’ spirits by attending to the basic needs of a good workspace.
Quality Control Is More Than a Buzzword
Quality control in warehouse management applies to efficient placing of odds and ends. For instance, returns and write-offs are special cases that must not be confused with ongoing picking projects. These need color-coded labels and they should be placed out of the main traffic area. This is as important as stacking pallets neatly. It goes without saying that pallet jacks and accessories, such as battery packs, need an area set aside as a “corral” for these smaller yet invaluable material handling tools.