Good warehouse efficiency is not only about putting everything in its place and getting products out on time, it’s about maximising productivity while saving time and money. When products roll out on time and customers are happy, it’s easy to assume a company is efficient – but it’s amazing how many little tweaks can be made to make a big positive impact to an organisation’s bottom line. Whether you have a single or multi-channel warehouse, making some simple changes can easily improve workplace efficiency. Here are some helpful tips for improving a warehouse’s performance that can be applied to any warehouse operation.
1. Make your training interesting and relevant
One of the biggest challenges facing warehouse managers is the task of ensuring that employees receive regular safety and compliance training.
2. Outline company production goals to employees at the start of each year
Setting a common goal for your warehouse team will help give employees a target to strive to reach. If possible, specify an incentive that employees will receive if they attain the goal.
3. Upgrade to LED lighting
LED lighting is energy-efficient and cost-effective. LED lights also produce less heat, creating a cooler and more comfortable work environment for employees.
4. Recognise top performing employees
Your top performing employees are more than your best producers – they are the lifeline of your operations and role models for new employees. Reward them with verbal recognition and service awards such as gift cards and preferred parking.
5. Make sure all your warehouse equipment is maintained
Regular maintenance of forklifts, pallet lifters, nail guns and other devices will help prevent injury and help your warehouse operations run smoothly.
6. Link bonuses to tenure and performance
Linking bonuses to performance and tenure will help strengthen employee retention, satisfaction, and loyalty. Be sure to clearly specify performance goals and service tiers to help boost engagement.
7. Invest in a cloud-based software system
The biggest advantage of a cloud-based software system is access to real-time inventory. A cloud-based system will allow you to know exactly how much inventory you have available, regardless of time or location.
8. Cross-train your employees
Cross-training will help ensure that you are prepared if employees are sick or leave your company. Even if you set aside one week per quarter for cross-training, you will be better prepared to handle staffing shortages.
9. Update your pallet racking system
An organised pallet racking system will help you make the most of your warehouse space and provide easier access to fast-moving inventory.
10. Seek the expertise of an industry expert
The best way to optimize your warehouse operations is to enlist the guidance of a specialist in warehousing risk management operations.