19 September 2016

How to Keep Warehouse Operation Costs Down and Increasing Productivity

It is difficult to increase productivity, whilst reducing costs and inventory and as well as deliver exceptional customer service. It is one of the greatest challenges many businesses face in their warehouse facility. It can form into many warehouse performance key performance indicators (KPIs).

It requires consistent effort to ensure efficient use of:

assigned resources,
optimised stock rotation and,
achieve the best performance from the warehouse function.

With ever-increasing competition, the performance of a storehouse is vital to the success of a business. A warehouse needs to be flexible to cope with demand variations in addition to lead times. All whilst performing at its peak with less inventory, working capital and resources.

Optimising a warehouse performance takes planning, preparation, research and as well as, ongoing investment towards continuous improvements. Some key areas to focus on include:
Warehouse Operations Costs

Storage Solutions and Handling

Through the optimisation of pallet racking and shelving solutions, the storehouse performance will improve. Storehouse managers should consciously be making a consistent effort to utilise all available storage space. As it will result in better warehouse efficiency and financial gain. Also, it will also reduce the per-unit storage cost of inventory.
Better organisation of pallet racking and shelving will reduce time to identify and pick the desired product. By replacing ineffective behaviours it will firstly increase the smooth flow of inventory and secondly operations.

Movement of Inventory Internally

Make sure that the storage of inventory is correct. So that it is not leading to inefficiencies in regards to time and costs. This includes labour, equipment, lighting, rent and electricity.
When laying out the storage areas in a warehouse, some considerations are:

day-to-day operating procedures,
storage capacity,
inventory management,
labour and,
material handling equipment.

Place slow-moving stock items towards the back of shelving. This leaves room for a fast-moving stock at the front to reduce time when picking and packing.

Managing Inventory

There’s a fine line when it comes to managing inventory as it directly affects a businesses bottom line. Successful inventory management ensures the availability of the right amount of items and keeps track of existing inventory and its movement. A good strategy for inventory management is to monitor stock movement. Then planning to receive items only as they are needed. In contrast to maintaining high stock levels.

People Movement

Effective warehouse layouts will take into consideration the amount of movement required from personnel. By reducing the movement of staff including fulfilment of orders, the risk of inventory being damaged or broken is reduced as well as the time required to pick and pack.

Time Wasting

ome timewasting things to consider the cost of are:

avoiding delays where possible,
track warehouse activities regularly and,
take into account personnel,
stock levels, and
accessibility to inventory and administration processes, e.g. receiving and dispatching of orders.

Every minute counts when running a successful warehouse operation. As well as every minute costs including wages, rent or mortgage, lighting and heating. By understanding and knowing the impact these costs have will encourage better time management and improve processes to avoid delays.

Preventing Problems

If an issue arises in the warehouse facility, attend to it immediately. Consequently, subsequent issues can be avoided this way and can save additional costs, time and reputation. Record the issue and add it to the operations safety manual so it can be identified quickly if it happens in the future.
Plan and review storehouse operations regularly to ensure maximum performance, this will assist with reducing costs, better management of time and higher quality performance of the warehouse facility overall.

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