Warehouse efficiency can have a big effect on your bottom line. The more efficient the warehouse is, the more money saved and the more profit realized, ideally. Working with an efficient warehouse will help you satisfy your customers’ needs in a timely and cost-effective manner.
While most businesses spend a lot of time analyzing their sales, they sometimes don’t put as much attention on operations. That, however, can cost them money. Take the warehouse situation, for instance. Could a company be losing money because of an inefficient warehouse situation? Definitely! If goods aren’t shipped out “on time” and customers ultimately want refunds, that’s bad for business.
Warehouses run well when they do certain things. For instance, if there are repetitive activities to be done in a warehouse (and there are), then these activities should be standardized and documented. Doing so helps reduce errors and helps with labor planning.
Speaking of labor, there should be work standards established and followed for both quality and productivity. Take into account seasonal (or regular) fluctuations in business, of course… Basically, warehouses should always be planning ahead in order to avoid excessive overtime or the need for temporary labor usage.
Space utilization is important. A warehouse needs to optimize its space for maximum performance. There shouldn’t be “wasted space,” because that’s inefficient. Warehouses need to be properly laid out and organized so there’s an easy flow of traffic. And, of course, safety matters, too.
Finally, efficient warehouses typically utilize technology in order to become more efficient. Technology helps further enhance performance. Technology helps facilitate productivity, inventory control and service levels.
Are you fed up with your current warehouse because it’s inefficient and not helping you meet the needs of your customers in a timely way? Or are you just getting started, and looking for a quality warehouse that will suit your needs? Affiliated Warehouse Companies can help you find the appropriate North American warehouse for your needs! Please call 732-739-2323 or use the online contact page, here.