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Ideas for More Efficient & Productive Warehouse Operations
Ideas for More Efficient & Productive Warehouse Operations

The E-commerce and logistics industry is in a boom for the last couple of years. Especially now in these times of pandemic, everyone prefers ordering everything online, which has just elevated the consumption of e-commerce platforms and logistics industries. In such busy times, the logistics industry has become one of the most cutthroat industries, driven by the efficiency and punctuality of operations.

When we speak about logistics, what’s the first thing that pops up in your mind? Yes, it’s warehousing! The heart of logistics is almost suffocating with extreme work pressures. With more and more orders, shipments coming in and going out, warehouses are flooded with activity. Warehouses today have a tremendous need for efficient processes, organization, and management to enable swift operations.

The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics reports tripping, slipping & falling accidents have increased heavily.  Slipping and falling accounts for over 95 million workdays lost each year. In such times, improving workplace safety and inviting productivity and efficiency in processes is critical. Now that you are all absorbed in the topic, we’d love to take you through some quick tips to improve efficiency & productivity in warehouse operations –

1) Automation is a good idea!

A great way to increase the efficacy of warehouse operations is to embrace technology. A report suggests that over 1.2 million robots are scheduled to be dispatched in manufacturing facilities in the U.S. by 2025. Automation using the advanced technologies can not only streamline the operations efficiently but will also help you suppress the costs involved for hiring manual labor

2) Optimizing labor productivity is important

When it comes to warehousing, labor is the key ingredient that consumes most of the budget. You have to make sure you get the best possible productive outcomes from your employees. You can give out incentives, set targets, rewards, and many other things to drive productivity from the labor you employ. 

3) Make the most of the vertical space

What do you do when there is no floor-space left in the warehouse? You have to start utilizing the vertical dimensions of the warehouse. A material storing method called pallet racking allows you to store all the materials in horizontal rows with multiple vertical levels. This method is not only safe but also known to increase the effectiveness & efficiency of the warehouse operations.

4)  Create thoughtfully designed workstations

Health issues, especially musculoskeletal disorders can arise for people working long shifts to carry loads from one place to another constantly. Designing your workstations thoughtfully can effectively lower the health issues for employees. Building the work surface at the same height as that of the conveyor belts give ergonomic benefits, helping employees to stay healthy and work better.

5) Monitor and analyze the performance
In order for things to get better, things need to be measured. You can take the help of metrics for continually monitoring and tracking the progress of all the operational activities going around. Then later you can analyze the data generated to look for the scope of optimization. You can reduce operational costs, speed up a few processes, and even increase productivity by monitoring and analyzing.

You have to keep up with a fast-growing logistics industry, you better ramp up your productivity and reduce your turnaround times. You also need to ensure that workstations and storing units meet the ergonomic needs of the employees. Now that you have a pretty good idea of how you can enhance your efficiency and productivity in warehousing, you can do wonders and rise to new heights in the logistics industry.