Every day businesses see success. When this success comes, they often look to purchase or create new inventory. While this can be a great thing to experience, it also creates more problems around the warehouse. You have more picking and transporting going on, which can cost you time and money. In the end, the more volume you add to your warehouse, the more money you could be putting out. You want your increase in sales to help add to your bottom line, not take away from it. In order to do this, you need to create an efficient workflow in your warehouse. Here are some tips to do just that:
Think About Upgrading
When you first started, your equipment was probably very basic. You likely chose what you needed for your current volume and did not invest in a surplus for the future. What may have worked at the beginning of your business is not always going to work for you as your business continues to grow. This means you will have to think about upgrading your equipment. This means either adding more dollies to carry equipment and/or finding material handling equipment that serves multiple purposes. This will help keep the workflow more efficient as you continue to grow.
Eliminate Extra Touches
Another way to create a more efficient workflow is by eliminating the amount of people who touch each product. Experts believe that the more people who handle a product, the more the process will cost you. In order to avoid this, you need to store your products in a place where they are convenient for the people who will need to handle them. This could mean adding storage racks to a particular area in the warehouse so that it does not need to be transported from one location to the next. By using bulk storage, you are able to store more products in an area so that it can be accessed easier.
Choosing the Right Equipment
The type of equipment you use in your warehouse for picking and transporting products is essential to an effective workflow. Not all forklifts are the same, so you are going to need to evaluate the process of picking and transporting a product with the forklift to determine what type of forklift you will need. The height of the product and what you are picking up are just two of the things that should be considered when choosing a forklift.
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