Warehouses are a hive of activity. There are multiple sections of the storage department, working together to organize, shift and load all your products. This is the final stop before products are given to customers. It’s the place where everything can go wrong and all your hard work dashed to smithereens. It’s in your best interest to support your storage teams, so they can limit the number of errors leading up to the delivery of your products. But for those who are not familiar with warehouse storage, how can you support your storage teams effectively?
Clearly defined operations
Accidents can happen in warehouses when there are too many people in one spot. It’s rare but it does happen. Clearly defined areas of operations are needed so teams can keep out of each other’s way. This means employees must be taught to respect the boundaries. The long-term storage teams should not come into contact with the short-term storage teams. In other words, employees that handle fast-selling products should not get in the way of employees that sell larger more premium but less-sold products. Keeping them at opposite ends of the warehouse or dividing their storage racks into sections, would be a great solution. The loading team must not start loading until the packing team is done with their objectives for an order. The loading team must not touch the palates that are being created until the packing team manager signs off on each palate.
Product sorting and palates
Rather than all your products going to one location and then being sorted, use conveyor systems that do the sorting for you. Design your own system according to how much space you have in your manufacturing and or warehouse. The company allows you to design your system using 3D software so you can take real-world measurements to come to life. Products of all kinds are able to be siphoned into their chosen exits, saving your storage teams a lot of time. They can then load each palate specific to each product. Some products will be more delicate than others, thus they shouldn’t be loaded onto palates with heavier items on top of them. It’s advisable to design a system that allows for safe palate extraction once loaded. The palates will be heavy so you need ample room for the lift trucks to be maneuvered by employees without being in danger of hitting anything potentially hazardous.
Interactive warehouse map
Managers have the responsibility to keep to a specific schedule. The delivery trucks will be arriving at the warehouse, ready to be loaded. If there is an accident in the warehouse which leave a section unable to be used, your managers should be able to see this on their interactive warehouse map. They will then need to reroute their operations so that employees can get to the products they need to pack. A tablet for every manager would make this possible as well as the ability to quickly communicate what has gone wrong.
Storage is not as easy as it might look. You’re trying to keep your products safe from the production line to the loading dock. Design a conveyor system that fits your warehouse so products are kept separate according to type.