Warehouse management is a cumbersome task and despite being careful about each and everything, running into obstacles is pretty obvious. Well, for starters, warehouse management includes so many key functions that it is almost inevitable that a mistake or two might creep in. There are so many diverse functions such as planning, scheduling, monitoring, staffing, directing, and efficient space utilization. Handling them all can be quite a task sometimes. While most of it depends on the kind of supply chain the warehouse is dealing in, ignorance of legitimate practices and absence of proper management systems might also contribute to issues.
Here are a few warehousing mistakes that you might unknowingly be making, and here is how you iron out all the issues:
Overlooking staff training
It is well known that human resource is the most important asset for any organization, even in a warehouse. It is, therefore, imperative to never overlook their training and development. As you are well aware, the domain of logistics and supply chains undergoes regular changes and innovations. Hence, it is important that all the staff is hands-on with new technology and procedures, and does not feel limited when it comes to growth and learning.
Take time out for training modules and sessions for the workforce, even if it means providing them with a break from work. You can always hire temporary workers during that phase. In the end, a learned and well-trained staff will not only perform better but also reduce your need and expenses when it comes to filling vacant positions and curb the attrition rate.
Depending upon paper processes
It is not a surprise to discover that logistics parks in India are still dependent on paper documentation and paper-based workflows. No warehouse is too small to make do without paperless operations. Installing paperless management systems and procedures will not only save precious time and money but will also turn your warehouse into a more efficient and organized workplace. There is always the added incentive of being environment-friendly as well!
Inefficient picking paths
Optimizing the picking routes and paths in and around the warehouse is necessary to eliminate loss of productivity. A subdued picking rate will adversely affect supply chain cycle times and result in avoidable labor costs. Every once in a while, it is imperative to rethink the picking paths and design them in a more efficient manner.
Ignoring goods-in processes
Dispatching and delivering the goods in time often takes precedence at a warehouse, much to the chagrin of inbound processes. One must remember that both these processes are interdependent. You can specialize your intake procedure by assigning it to experts rather than random members of the staff, and also provide proper training in goods receiving.
Lack of proper housekeeping
The role of housekeeping is not just to keep the warehouse prim and proper. It helps in removing any obstructions to free flow and movement of goods and staff in the warehouse space. Also, a messy workplace never inspires confidence among the workers. Therefore, it’s advisable to enforce a strict housekeeping plan which works in shifts. Ask the assigned staff to maintain daily checklists, and take time out to follow up with the implementation.
Keeping excess inventory
An excess inventory is one of the most common warehouse issues and is a detriment to the warehouse’s success in the longer run. Making huge product purchases in order to make use of heavy discounts might seem like a great idea, but it often leads to a glut in the warehouse. Making a supply chain leaner is critical and saves your money from being tied up in stock. Always ask the supplier to deliver bulk goods in smaller batches, and keep your inventory easy to manage