Are You Guilty of Making These Common Mistakes in Warehousing?

There is no single method that can be implemented in order to effectively manage your warehousing operation. A lot of variations in the methods being applied depend on the specific needs of the individual warehouse and supply chain. However, it is not a completely obscure process, and there is a good enough level of commonality between operations that allow for a set of principles that can be applied. On the flip side of this, there is also a variety of ways that your company can get into disarray in their warehousing operations.

In order to assist in keeping on top of your warehouse management, and make sure that the storage facilities aren’t generating additional costs, here is a list of common mistakes made in warehousing. If you recognize any of these as being made within your operation, appropriate steps should be taken to eliminate them.

1. Holding Unnecessary Inventory: Regardless of the level of knowledge held within and organization, and the levels of planning and implementing inventory reduction and lean practice, holding on to unnecessary inventory still ranks high on the list of common mistakes. This seems to be a trap to which wholesalers are particularly prone to falling into.

2. Failure to Identify Optimum Picking Paths: This also ranks high in the list of warehousing mistakes. Many companies overlook their requirement for an efficient path for picking inventory from within their warehouse, which will certainly have an adverse effect on picking rates. The knock on effects of this can also effect cycle times in the supply chain besides adding unnecessary costs in labor as a result of productivity not being optimized.

3. Not Embracing Alternatives to Paper Processes: It’s hard to believe that some companies are still not utilizing technology and clinging on to workflows that are paper-based and therefore, inefficient. This is especially true of smaller organizations.

4. Ignoring the need for Good Housekeeping: The appearance of loading docks, which are messy, litter in the aisles and pallets overfilled should be a red light for any warehouse manger. Lack of attention here has implications for safety and efficiency, and should be addressed immediately.

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