By Don Amato is Vice President of Sales for Chicago Tag & Label.
Warehouse and logistics centers play an important role in the supply chain. It is crucial that these facilities operate efficiently. Proper organization and peak warehouse design are great ways to ensure that business runs smoothly while functioning safely and profitably.
However, efficiency is not the only aspect to consider in a warehouse. Sustaining a safe environment should be the highest priority when it comes to workplace operations. A dysfunctional or unfit warehouse can be dangerous for employees, but a well-designed and proficient floor is a vital resource. Organization is also an important factor to consider when utilizing all available spaces in a warehouse. When everything is in a designated spot, it is easier to assess which pieces of equipment or inventory are being used efficiently. Maybe you discover some machinery is not used and you can clear it out to make space for more valuable assets.
How to Start the Organization Process
It is recommended that you first focus on reducing clutter and creating a clean area. This can provide a more accurate view of the available shelving and floor space for workplace operations. Then you can decide how to optimize the warehouse with a systematic floor plan for inventory, machinery and other components that produce productivity in a business.
When creating a warehouse to fit the needs of your business, keep safety and efficiency at the forefront of the organizational model. Take all the required steps to design a structured warehouse and avoid being frugal in the process. Failure to factor in staff development and lack of automation could negatively impact the morale and productivity of the employees. Make sure to check out the accompanying infographic for more on how to bypass some of these common errors.
Author bio: Don Amato is Vice President of Sales for Chicago Tag & Label, which manufactures form labels, labels and tags that deliver solutions to a broad range of industries including retail, industrial, manufacturing, distribution and medical environments.
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