Warehouse Safety Guidelines

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Warehouse Equipment

Due to the size of most warehouses, the handling of inventory while keeping up with accuracy and organization is a big task.  Therefore having the right equipment is a must within warehouse operations.  Pallet racks, loading docks, forklifts, and pallet jacks are only a few of itmes needed to operate a warehouse.  Through having the right equipment, your warehouse operations will become more organized, efficient, and safe, ultimately increasing your bottom line.   Proper technology is also a necessity for operating an efficient warehouse.  Equipment such as RFID labels, automated picking systems, and barcode scanners are all examples of equipment that will increase efficiency and reduce errors across receiving, picking, shipping, and inventory operations.

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Warehouse Types

Warehouses are facilities used to conduct various logistical tasks such as receiving, storage, picking, packing, and shipping.  While it may seem like an easy task to choose the right type of warehouse for your business, there are various types of warehouses to choose from depending on your industry, location, and business needs.  Learn about  the different types of warehouses and why a public warehouse may be your best solution financially compared to a private warehouse. Click below to find out more.

Private vs. Public

Distribution Center

Value Adding

Automated

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Product Flow

Not many things are as important to the success and efficiency of a warehouse than correct product flow management. To be an effective warehouse manager, you need to know how to get products to flow through your warehouse.  Your warehouse product flow determines your overall productivity and efficiency.  A lot of warehouse managers fall into the trap of thinking their work is done as long as products are coming in and shipping out on time, but the truth is there are many steps in the process that can be optimized a little better.  By following these warehouse management best practices for circulating products, minimizing handling, and maximizing utilization, you can see an improved product flow, which will be better for your company’s bottom line.

Data Collection 

Selective

Drive-In / Drive-Through

Carton or Pallet Flow

 

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Warehouse Safety

There are are numerous advantages that are often disregarded when it comes to warehouse safety. Safety procedures are frequently disregarded in a variety of workplaces because of lacking time, inadequate resources or an opportunity to compromise in an attempt to save money. However, when safety procedures are soundly implemented there are real advantages, for example higher employee satisfaction as well as increased productivity. By minimizing the risk of injury, fewer workplace disruptions take place and absenteeism associated with injury is also reduced. Equipment downtime is another factor which can be avoided through the appropriate use of safety procedures.

Safety Topics

Hazardous Communication

Ergonomics

Safety Training

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Warehouse Operations

Warehouse operations is an important part of a company’s overall strategy.  Having an efficient warehouse operation will ensure that products are shipped, received, stored, and handled in a timely manner, resulting in satisfied customers.  Most warehouse operations are comprised of functions such as receiving, put away, picking, packing, and shipping.  Depending on the size of the organization, these functions can be divided into departments and directed by an operations workflow.  Find out more about the different processes within warehouse operations.  Learn how to improve each process and watch the efficiency throughout the entire warehouse operation improve.

Receiving

Quality Control

Picking

Shipping

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Warehouse Profiling

Warehouse profiling is an important factor of warehouse operations that will maintain the efficiency you’ve worked so hard to achieve.  Warehouse profiling is a process used to analyze the behavior of inventory, demand, and order types to decide the best layout design, storage type, and slotting standards within your warehouse.  Warehouse profiling also provides data that can help managers and business leaders make smarter decisions in areas of their warehouse operations such as software requirements, picking methods, and storage alternatives.  Learn more about this statistical approach to measuring your warehouse operations.

ABC Analysis

Picking Methods

Product Characteristics

Key Performance
Indicators

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Warehouse Costs

Depending on the business, warehouse costs can vary from one warehouse to another.  However, the costs associated with most warehouses generally fall within one of four categories which are storage, handling, operations administration, and general administrative expenses.  Handling costs are generally related to the movement of products in and out of a warehouse such as picking and packing.  Storage costs are the charges incurred while products are sitting within the warehouse.  Operations administration costs are associated with the cost of keeping the warehouse open.  Finally, general administrative expenses are the charges incurred that are not directly tied to warehousing operations such as accounting, facility maintenance, and human resources.  It is important to understand the various costs incurred while operating a warehouse and how they are transferred down to the cost of storage for customers.

Warehouse Cost
Calculation

Labor Costs

Facility Costs

Handling Equipment

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