When products are delivered to customers on time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a warehouse is well-organized. Sometimes, expired or damaged goods would just be discovered after dispatchment.
A large warehouse sure isn’t easy to manage. It requires time and effort to sort things out. An efficient system is needed to be utilized for processes to run smoothly. In order to keep track of things going on around, here are 4 warehouse management tips for managers or operators:
1. Start with your employees.
A good system or updated technology without knowledgeable and skilled employees. Hire or train workers who are adept in working in warehouses. Allocate time and resources to train them so that even when you aren’t around, they could do multiple tasks. Make sure that they learn about organizing and handling things, plus safety of both things and co-workers.
2. Take advantage of technology.
With so much things running around through technology, a warehouse could be operated easily through the right softwares and machines. For sequencing orders, an app or a software could be used to reduce the tedious work. You may also want to invest on technology options such as inventory control, barcoding, or communication. Identify the needed softwares for your warehouse, teach the employees on how it workd, and then implement it.
3. Do all things systematically.
As a manager or operator, one of the warehouse management tips that you should always remember is to be be organized. I will be easy for everyone to work when all things are organized. Start with the simple things, such as having an alphabetized inventory or labeled boxes. No matter how big or small your warehouse is, make sure that all things have labels, or have been documented. Follow processes which everyone knows about, and do not skip a step when doing so.
4. Keep your warehouse away from hazard.
Aside from keeping the processes and sales smooth sailing, you must also remember you and your employees’ welfare. Allot a day every month to inspect your warehouse from the inside and out. Check your equipment, tools, and also the building itself. Make sure that all those who need protective gear have theirs all working, without damages. This is one of the warehouse management tips that you as an operator/manager must always initiate to avoid problems in the future.
To learn more about Warehouse Management, join Dr. Enrico Mina, Senior Lecturer and Director of Executive Master of Business Administration Program (EMBA) of Papua New Guinea University of Technology as he discusses on this topic on September 27, 2017 at the RCBC Plaza Makati.
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