6 Ideas for More Efficient & Productive Warehouse Operations.

1. Maximize Vertical Space

Vertical space can be maximized by optimizing vertical-space slots to reduce the amount of time needed to go up and down.

2. Simplify Shipping Carton Options

Another way to improve efficiency and productivity is simple; reduce the variability in shipping carton options. Fewer cartons translate into faster picking in packaging procedures.

3. Reduce Travel Time to Promote Productive Warehouse Operations

This is the amount of time spent walking or moving between slots or other stations. The individual travel time for order pick tickets, packaging, and shipping eats away at productivity. Warehouse managers can overcome this problem by optimizing in-warehouse routes and reducing unnecessary legs in order picking.

4. Communicate Effectively

Since both inbound and outbound freight can result in changes to its warehouse slotting system, all parties and systems must communicate effectively. Communication should include as much information as possible without becoming burdensome. In other words, your systems and team members should provide information critical to each pick ticket or shipment, but this information must be just enough to allow for the successful completion of an order.

5. Maintain Real-Time Inventory Visibility and Management

Your organization should also leverage technology to provide real-time inventory visibility and management. Real-time inventory tracking considers both averages and variations in orders. As a result, your facility is better suited to handle sudden changes in throughput.

6. Simplify Shipping Carton Options

Another way to improve efficiency and productivity is simple; reduce the variability in shipping carton options. Fewer cartons translate into faster picking in packaging procedures.

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