Easy to Implement Warehouse Optimization Tips

January 10, 2017
Posted by: Justin Engel

Generally speaking, it’s not easy to achieve a high level of productivity in a warehouse.  One way to approach such a goal, however, is to implement measures that encourage a consistent level of focus and organization throughout your operation.  By doing so, your operation will be more productive, less costly, and provide a better working environment for employees and management alike.

Reduce Error Rates

An operation that suffers from high error rates is bound to suffer from lower productivity levels and excessive labor costs.  To help eliminate these issues, accurately track frequent errors, inform employees about which mistakes are made most frequently, and provide the training necessary to avoid those mistake in the future.  To encourage commitment and accountability, you can offer an incentive by posting a monthly commendation for employees who commit the fewest errors each month.


Promote a Clean and Tidy Workspace

Having a dirty and disorganized warehouse is not only bothersome, but it also reduces productivity and presents a safety hazard.  The first step to maintaining a clean warehouse is ensure all the necessary tools and equipment are easily available to all employees.  Be sure to take a quick stock of your cleaning supplies and make sure these are readily available when needed.  Potential cleaning supplies include mops, sweepers/brooms, cleaning supplies, squeegees, oil cleanup kits, and trash bins.


Next, make sure each employee is aware of their individual responsibilities and encourage them to take ownership and accountability for their area of responsibility.  You can take this a step further by posting a monthly list of cleanliness awards, given out to those employees that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to their cleaning duties.  Finally, be sure to review the overall importance of maintaining a clean working environment with all employees so that they understand the benefits and dangers associated with their responsibilities.


Facilitate Organization

Without the proper organization, a warehouse operation are likely to become chaotic and counterproductive, so it’s important that all employees know where and when they should be at all times.  Begin this process by posting proper signage throughout your warehouse to help pedestrian and equipment operators navigate the warehouse in a safe and efficient manner.  Clearly labeling and assigning designated paths for pedestrians and equipment helps to streamline the flow of products and people, thereby eliminating potential safety hazards and increasing productivity.


Justin Engel

Justin Engel is the marketing specialist at Stärke Material Handling Group. In addition to content development, he also handles graphic and website design, SEO, PR and strategic planning.

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