Running a warehouse is no easy task, because unlike a regular office environment, in a warehouse, man and machine must work in collaboration to make sure goods are received and delivered in a timely and efficient manner while also having to minimize the hazards that could be caused to workers, machines, the cargo and the establishment. We human beings are outdone by time in most situations and we must make compromises and sacrifices to make up for the time we lose in this fashion. However, when it comes to business, being timely is extremely important and to carry out operations in a warehouse in such manner, we must organize the premises in a way that creates minimum clutter, thereby bringing out the highest level of productivity. Continue reading this article to learn about three things you can do improve the efficiency of your warehouse.
As an employer, you are required to create a safe working environment for your employees by taking the necessary precautionary measures. However, if you do not communicate about these to the workers, there’s no real point of having done it in the first place. Instruct your employees on how they must be dressed when working in the warehouse with the proper safety gear such as gloves, hard boots, hard hats etc. The many tools such as ladders, scaffoldings and cables used by the workers in the complex must be stored in storage sheds or some other specified area to prevent the formation of clutter in the storehouse floor. They must also be educated as to how they must conduct their operations when working in close proximity to machinery such ass forklifts and cranes which can pose a threat to their safety if engaged with ignorantly. Nets and meshes can be used to cover and hold the large shelved of pallets to prevent them falling and causing harm to anyone.
Modifications to warehouse design
The size and capacity of the existing warehouse may be sufficient to handle the sales volume of your organization today. But, as the organization grow in size, their sales too will increase, raising the requirement for a bigger storehouse capable of handling bigger volumes of cargo. In such a situation, before you make the decision to invest on bigger industrial sheds to expand the size of the complex, figure out the exact nature of the requirement by evaluating factors such as the functional flow path of the facility, is it more efficient to build an annex or completely remodel the current facility? have all possible problems that may occur been taken into consideration? and is the proposed enlargement safe for the employees to work in? etc.
Encourage your employees to reduce, reuse and recycle all useful wastes of the facility. To reduce is to minimize the accumulation of garbage and the ultimate creation of clutter which can cause serious accidents in a warehouse. To reuse is to gain the maximum benefit of various tools and equipment used, without simply throwing them away after using them once. According to a survey, it has been understood that more than 54% of wooden pallets are thrown away using them just once, meaning the facility must incur higher costs when purchasing more pellets while also having a harmful impact on the natural environment. Therefore, think twice before you dispose. Recycling is a great way to improve your standards as a green warehouse and reduce the overall carbon footprint by recycling wooden, metal, steel and glass wastes rather than adding to landfill.