Having a clean and tidy office is essential for boosting your productivity, but it also helps maintain a healthy, active mind. Contrast that with a cluttered, untidy workspace and productivity will more than likely slump, along with your motivation and commitment. In order to maximise your working efforts and to get your warehouse back into shape, a number of warehouse management strategies can be adopted to get the engine of your business running on all cylinders. By providing a list of top tips for warehouse management, Revlok explain how you can make your warehouse an efficient hub for all of your business practices.
The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is one. With that in mind, the very first step in organising your warehouse should be to review your space and identify any problem areas. Is there an area with excess clutter? Are you struggling to find things? Whatever your issue is, by identifying them and devising a plan to fix it, you are on your way to creating an environment that is cleaner, tidier and more conducive to productivity.
Attempting to figure it out as you go along will occupy much more of a time, and will more than likely lead to more mess and confusion. As mentioned in the above point, it is important to identify all the problem areas in your warehouse and cultivate a plan for organising these areas. As with anything, taking the time to plan is an essential part of warehouse management, so set aside a significant amount of time to look into different storage options, and figure out how you want to organise all of your materials. By having a clear, detailed plan, you can systematically work through the criteria on your checklist, ensuring no stone has been left unturned and that you have thoroughly reviewed every aspect of your warehouse. Taking this step will also allow you to manage your time and your staff’s time, ensuring there is also enough time for day to day business practices.
3. Create Space
A blank canvas will prove the perfect blueprint for your plans, so be sure to move any clutter you have lying around so you can get a clear and accurate view of your available space. If you are looking to completely overhaul your warehouse, the once the plan has been made, the first thing to do is to move excess materials out of the warehouse and start from scratch; assessing your warehouse space as a whole is a handy warehouse management tip. Not only will this allow you to sort through any waste products, but it will also allow you to plan for any extra storage platforms or organising systems. There is an abundance of benefits for creating space in your warehouse by removing your excess products, so make sure this is top of the list of your warehouse management plans.
This does raise another question, however. Where do you store the excess clutter in the meantime? If you are setting aside a whole day to cultivate a warehouse management plan, then you should be able to remove any clutter and store it back in the warehouse within a day, depending on the size of your warehouse, of course. If, for whatever reason, you have to store your materials somewhere else for a period of time, it may be worth investing in a storage unit for a short period of time. Depending on the amount of excess materials you have, it may be worth sorting through the materials as you go along to leave you with a smaller pile by the end of the day; this way, you will easily be able to move the products back into your warehouse overnight.
4. Start Small
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Getting started by simply sorting through all of your products and finding a place for them in your plans is a small but important step in warehouse management, so do not try and get it all done at once. The purpose of organising your warehouse is to create more space, and one of the most clear-cut ways of doing this is to discard of things you don’t need. Throw away any pointless products and waste materials, and then, once you are left with everything you need to keep hold of, you can begin organising them and finding a place for those products. It is important to stay organised as you go along, so, in accordance with your plan, categorise every product and keep them in a designated area so that when you come to store those products, this part of the process will be quick and easy.
5. Clean As You Go
Although it may have little effect on the organisation of your warehouse, cleaning up as you go along will reduce the amount of time you spend on organising and cleaning your warehouse, leaving you with a clean and tidy area that will make you feel much better about your warehouse situation.
6. Storage Systems
Warehouse management plans are all about maximising space, but cleaning up after yourself and throwing away excess rubbish will only do so much for your warehouse. To expand your available space without purchasing a new property, you may want to explore the prospect of introducing a storage platform, such as a mezzanine floor. By introducing another level into your warehouse, you immediately increase your available storage space, making the entirety of your workspace less cluttered and neater. As well as new levels, it is also worth considering organising systems, such as pallet racking and wire boxes, to help better organise your collection of products and materials.
If you wish to reinvigorate your warehouse and create more space for you and your business, a mezzanine floor system may be just the thing for your warehouse. Contact Revlok today by calling us on 01706 407013 to discuss availabilities and to arrange a meeting with one of our project managers. Alternatively, you can leave us a message via our online contact form and a member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible to help you with your query.