Warehousing is an essential part of the supply chain, and poor management of the warehouse can lead to a issues further down the supply chain. Staff will learn various aspects of warehouse operations to best practices within the warehouse itself.
Warehouse operations cover the aspects of storing goods, using equipment and utilizing a workforce effectively in order to satisfy customers demand for certain products or goods. The goods will need to be easily accessible and protected with adequate security. Warehouse operations requires careful and consistent planning with flexibility to adapt to new changes in the supply chain.
Receiving & Putaway best practices
In managing goods in the warehouse good receiving and putaway practice will have numerous benefits, such a creating an organised and safe warehouse environment.
Best receiving practises will include using the appropriate tools and technology to safely and efficiently receive goods. This can include using radio frequency equipment in forklift trucks and handheld radios that can improve communication between workhouse staff.
Some best putaway practises include ensuring there is adequate space for the new goods arriving, putting the goods away on the day of delivery and correctly entering them into the inventory database.
Order Picking best practices
Order picking is one of the most time consuming aspects of warehouse operations and requires careful management. In order to process orders accurately and quickly the best follow practices need to be adhered to:
- Decide if orders will be batch picked or pick one order at a time
- Select the best order picking system based on resources available
- Ensure careful management of pickers, equipment and timelines
Lean warehousing is a system that aims to reduce any costs wasted through warehouse operations, such as delays in picking or wastage of goods. Lean warehouse operations can help to improve time efficiency within the whole supply chain.
Staff will need to understand and implement a range of Lean tools in order to identify areas of waste and ways to improve wastage.
A well thought out and planned warehouse will ensure processes can work optimally. Good warehouse design involves understanding the physical space as well as the operation systems in place. Inefficient systems can result in wasted costs for the organisation. Where more space cannot be obtained there are several ways to make the most of space, such as innovative storage solutions, reduction of overstocking and ensuring warehouse space is kept tidy at all times.