A clean and organised warehouse can offer a range of benefits for its operation and daily tasks. This doesn't just mean having a warehouse free of isolated boxes and items on footpaths and floor space but extended to the organisation of your shelves, storage drawers and cupboards. Today we'll be providing you with some simple tips you can employ in your warehouse today to create a space that will boost your productivity and use of space.
Stay Organised with Labels and Signage
Labelling your drawers and cupboards is one of the most straightforward tips that will help boost your warehouses' efficiency. Marking your inventory and work zones will ensure a clear layout for all employees that doesn't rely on memory alone, which can benefit new staff. This tip doesn't only extend to your inventory but can be adapted through signage in your warehouse. Having this signage will make any hazards or ceiling restrictions clear and ensure the safety of your employees.
Categorise Inventory and Stock
Classifying your stock and tools is similar to labelling but will help group similar items together, making it more manageable for your team to find. In terms of stock, when categorising, you can store slower-moving items together or through weight and space needs. The choice is really up to the needs of your business.
Utilise Bins and Dividers to Create a Clear Draw
Segmenting existing shelving and drawers through the use of stock bins or drawer dividers is an easy way to boost your effective storage space. By organising even the smallest items like nuts and bolts, these dividers and bins can store various things together to ensure nothing gets lost or left behind at the back of a draw. Drawer dividers and containers can also act to protect your items and save your team hours in separating stock stored together.
Optimise Your Warehouses Layout
While this tip may be harder to achieve in a fully established warehouse, it is an essential factor that can ultimately decide the level of organisation your warehouse will reach. Your warehouse’s layout should be considered and compared to your business's needs and daily operations. For example, creating a space with separate working and storing areas or receiving and delivering spaces will help make a smooth workflow and traffic direction within your warehouse.
If you're not sure how well your layout works compared to your business's needs, take a pen and draw a line from where your first item comes in and move your way through the warehouse. If your line looks more like a maze, it may be time to consider layout changes.
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