In today's challenging worl, your success can hinge on wether your warehouse operation is productive and effective enough to meet your expectations and those of your customers. One way to gauge how effectively your warehouse operations are meeting these expections is to conduct an opeartions assessment, that reviews possible improvements in efficiency and service.
A good operations evaluation takes aquantitative and qualitative look at the productivity and service levels of your warehouse operation. It enables you to measure productivity and service and identify patterns and trends. it tells you exactly where you are and what you need to do to meet your goals. it also allows you to compare your measurements with your own in-house goals as well as industry benchmarks.
The following strategies can be employed to evaluate your warehouse operations and eliminate redundant, and ineffective processes.
While it's common to keep track of inventory error rates, many warehouse mangers fail to take advantages of the insight within these metrics. While they certainly do point to problems, error rates are best utilized when seen as indicators of system failures within the organization. The best way to pinpoint these failure points is to meticulously log any changes in operations and procedures, warehouse management system, personnel, or other changes within yours warehouse.
The schedule of operations in your warehouse can become useless when workers create work arounds. All too often, a mistake made at start of a process isn't a big concern for the doers, because they know that someone down the line, will fix the problem for them. As such, creating a workflow within your organization creates accountability, and puts an emphasis on the importance of accuracy.
This will make it possible to identify where and who exactly is responsible for any incident. The potential losses in efficiency are cut out this way.
It's important to invest in technology processes, and equipment that empowers your staff to do their jobs effectively. It's just as important to invest in their development. By doing so, you are able to create a culture of progress, and workforce that can work together to continually improve the operation.
Regardless of the amount of effort you put into perfecting the warehouse, redundancies and unnecessary activities will arise over time. It's just the nature of the beast. And the repetitive nature of many warehouse responsibilities makes these habits not only hard to solve but hard to discover until it becomes a big problem.
One method to help identify these tendencies quickly is to have a leader on the ground, walking around and checking on the progress of things in the warehouse. The staff can also break into brief conversations with them about conditions, challenges, and opportunities they have identified to become more efficient, accurate and successful within their core functions. Having eyes that aren't entrenched in the day to day activities is a helpful way to root out strange practices and optimize your supply chain.