Warehouse Management

3 Warehouse Operations Best Practices

It’s simple to improve warehouse operations with the adoption of good warehousing practices.

Here is a list of the top 4 ways to improve operations by adopting just a few warehouse management best practices.

Warehouse Picking Best Practices
Use standardized containers to store materials. Standardized containers simplify warehouse order fulfillment, making it easier to find and store materials, and giving the warehouse a neater appearance that improves organization.
Using standardized bins minimize the variety of material handling equipment you need. They also eliminate wasted time while pickers search for the right equipment.
Use bin locations to ensure that bins and pallets are placed carefully on shelves in the assigned location.

Warehouse Organization Best Practices
Warehouse square footage is expensive, so maximize the use of all your vertical space, even if it requires an investment in additional equipment. You will reduce operational costs, inventory carrying costs, and increase the efficiency of picking and packing operations
Utilize automation wherever possible. Use barcodes, RFID tags, NFC or whatever technology works best for your inventory mix so you always have accurate on-hand counts and locations. Barcode equipment is not an expensive choice – you can even use a mobile phone.

Warehouse Inventory Management Best Practices
Many people think of cycle counting as an inventory management tactic for keeping on-hand balances correct. While that is one positive aspect of the practice, the more important aspect is to treat cycle counting as a quality assurance test. When you find errors, don’t just correct the balance. Instead, investigate the reason for the discrepancy and make changes to your warehouse management procedures to prevent the issue from occurring again. Over time, a good cycle count program will improve accuracy to near perfection.

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