The fact that your products usually leave the warehouse on time doesn’t necessarily mean your facility is efficient. On the contrary, you may be wasting thousands of dollars every year on a warehouse system that’s poorly organized and ineffectual. At InStaff, we pride ourselves on creating unique solutions for our clients’ warehouse needs. Here are four ways to improve warehouse efficiency and save money in the long run:
Walk the Floor
Want to see more efficient operations in your warehouse? Arrange for management to walk the warehouse floor on occasion. Not only can your company superstars identify bottlenecks and other areas of waste, but they can also make suggestions for improving operations to everyone’s advantage. Additionally, you may want to hire an outside consultant to make suggestions; after all, the fact that you’ve always done something a certain way doesn’t mean you should continue down that path indefinitely.
Provide Employee Training
When was the last time your warehouse workers attended a training program? If you’re not hosting regular educational seminars, you may be endangering both worker safety and company profits. Additionally, training your workers enables you to determine which members of your team would make good candidates for managerial positions down the line. In the long run, well-informed, educated warehouse workers are more likely to improve efficiency and help your business succeed.
Reexamine Workflow and Operations
If something works, there’s no reason to change it, right? Wrong! If you haven’t evaluated your warehouse flow for a few years, it’s probably time to take a fresh look at operations in this all-important hub. Make sure product flow and order flow aren’t overlapping and cut steps whenever possible. The goal is to trim excess without reducing the quality of your product or service.
Want to improve efficiency at your warehouse? Hire the best candidates from the start. A leader in full-service staffing, InStaff also offers complete on-site solutions to help optimize warehouse operations at your business. For more information about our services, call today or contact our recruitment experts online.