3. Review your storage equipment to ensure it’s best application.
Placing slow-moving, low-cube items in bin shelving and fast-moving items in carton/pallet flow — or other appropriate storage options, consequently this will improve storage density and picker productivity.
4. Consider minimising shipping cartons.
If you can limit the shipping boxes to two or three standard sizes to choose from (plus a few custom sizes if necessary), this will reduce time for your pickers when putting orders together. This can also assist with reducing freight costs and also supports your picking methodology.
5. Is automation an option?
Pickers can spend more than half their time walking or moving products around. In summary, research some automated solutions to save time and increase productivity.
6. Keep up with technology.
In a constantly changing world of technology, there are a multitude of options created to increase efficiency, from barcodes through to voice-activated technologies. As a result, these technologies are designed to provide different levels of increased picking productivity and improved accuracy.
7. Incentivise and reward your team.
Recognition and reward lead to loyalty and better performance from your staff. Likewise, make sure that you measure productivity fairly, set milestones and KPI’s to create more enthusiasm and healthy competition.