Operating a warehouse means having a sound picking operation. But, the problem doesn’t start with that; it usually starts with a lack of understanding of when the picking operation is sound. Just because orders are rolling out in a timely fashion right now doesn’t mean your warehouse is efficient. There will come a time when “winging it” will show its failures and challenges. It’s also more difficult to ascertain your inventory if you don’t have a true system.
When the warehouse is overstocked
Right now, you probably rely on your stock persons to know the inventory and make the process of picking and restocking seamless. What if the people who know the inventory the most are not around? What if a product is selling well enough to warrant a bigger order? Then you have stocks of a high selling item everywhere you can cram them in your warehouse. This is not only difficult to maintain; it’s also dangerous.
The problem is twice as bad if you have too many stocks of a slow item or one that does not sell at all. It happens when an item experiences a boost in sales then the competition offers something better and cheaper.
To maximise the space in your warehouse while making your inventory easier to find, look up. If building a new warehouse is out of the question, but you have more space between the floor and ceiling, you have options. Customise your racks and make them higher. To make them less hard to reach, Koala Trucks Forklift Wholesalers suggests hiring or buying high reach forklifts. Don’t forget to use your walls, as well. This way, you know where everything is and the paths are not blocked from view, making them safer to manoeuvre.
Warehousing isn’t all manual work. You can use technology to your advantage. There are many software companies offering products that make warehouses easier to manage. This will definitely remove your problems with inventory and help you manage stocks so that you don’t overdo or underdo things.
Once you’ve done these things, your warehouse will be more capable and your process will truly be efficient.