How much do you know about warehousing? Thanks to online shopping, warehousing is more important than ever. Warehousing is basically storing products before they’re sold. Warehouses come up with methods to determine when items arrive, where they’re placed in storage, how long they’re there, and how/when they’re shipped out of the facility to reach the customer.
What are some important elements of warehousing?
First, there’s warehouse management. Someone or something has to run the daily activities of a warehouse to make sure it’s operating well. Management deals with all sorts of issues, from dealing with staffers and their concerns to managing projected volume and labor. They supervise tasks, make sure products are kept secure, get licenses and certifications for people in working gear, record shipments, gather documentation, and a whole host of other responsibilities. Sometimes warehouses employ the use of computer software to run more efficiently when it comes to management.
Next, there’s warehouse operations. Stock needs to be both received and shipped out “on time.” There are people, machines, equipment, and/or software to deal with certain tasks, such as assigning a place for certain items to be stored, ensuring storage space is utilized well, and making sure customers are satisfied. Even simple things like keeping walkways clear and counting items fall under “operations.”
Finally, there’s what’s known as the “supply chain.” Products go from one place to another to another in most chains. They’ll start out being made/manufactured in one spot, then put on a boat, plane or truck and brought to a warehouse for storage, and then shipped out to customers. This is the supply chain. Some warehouses are known for long-term stockpiling of items while others turn stock over quickly– perhaps hourly, or at least daily. Warehouses typically play a vital role in a product’s supply chain.