Solutions to Warehouse Management Problems

Logistics Tech Outlook | Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Warehouse management involves organizing, managing, and maintaining every aspect of the processes taking place in a warehouse to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness. It is impossible to avoid mistakes and challenges even though some of these warehouse operations are automated.

Fremont, CA: The performance of a warehouse can be affected either by individual warehouse operations or by the entire chain. These errors are usually discovered after the process has begun or even after it has finished.

Accidental redundancy

Each item in a warehouse undergoes multiple operations, and those operations are strung together to form workflows. The same operation may be performed repeatedly if a workflow isn't well organized. Having to reverse these errors increases your labor costs and takes up extra time. Since large warehouses have more space and more inventory, this happens more often than in smaller ones.

Messy warehouse layout

Increasing storage costs have pushed warehouse managers to use their warehouse space more efficiently. According to a Logistics Management survey back in 2018, manufacturers use only 68% of their warehouse capacity on average. Warehouses still struggle with inadequate storage due to inefficient space use.

Bad inventory management

• Finding a product at a different location than expected.
• Taking an order assuming you have enough stock to fulfill it, and later finding out you don't. Your order lead time is significantly extended since you have to place a backorder.
• Then finding out that you do have enough stock to fulfill an order, after initially denying it.
• You're having trouble putting away stock that you've received.

Having any of these problems may indicate that you haven't been keeping accurate inventory records and updating them regularly. Approximately 43% of small businesses don't track inventory or use a manual method, according to a study by Wasp Barcode Technologies.

A lack of damage control

It is unfortunately common for warehouses to suffer damage, especially those that handle a lot of inventory and heavy equipment. There is no way to completely avoid damage, but you can always reduce it.

Provide safety gear for pallet racks, such as pallet rack protectors, nets for racks, guardrails, anti-slip tape, lockout systems, low clearance warning bars, and accumulation conveyors.

Additionally, ensure that your pathways are well lit and wide enough for you to move around products comfortably. Taking these measures will help you protect your employees, equipment, and inventory, as well as prevent workplace accidents.

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