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3 Ways to Improve Your Efficiency in Materials Handling

Aug 6th 2015 at 2:11 PM

You should be congratulated if your distribution center is operating at peak performance. Perhaps your company is doing good and raking in the profits you want it to have.

However, if you are experiencing a slump in your warehousing operations, it’s probably time for you to examine what’s causing your problems. It may be that the systems you are using now are already outdated, or they are not working as efficiently as they should.

Here are 3 ways you can improve your operational efficiency in your warehousing business.

1) Determine the frequency by which an item is handled starting from ordering until delivery.

If you are able to see how an item is handled in your warehouse from the time it was ordered, until the time it is delivered, that will help you see how you can eliminate inefficient processes that most of your warehouse items undergo.

Always remember that each time an item is handled, the possibility of human error is high. For instance, the usual handling process is to pick an item and put it into a tote to be placed on a table for final packing in a carton.

It is better to use a Bendi Forklift if the item is heavy. There is really no human handling involved, and no chance of damaging the item.

If you cannot buy such a forklift, there are companies that offer forklift rentals.   San Jose is home to many companies where you can choose several forklift rentals that will suit your warehousing operations.

2. Study the Present Conditions of Your Warehousing Operations

If you don’t know that there’s a problem in your distribution center, you won’t be looking for measures to solve it. Your business will therefore suffer because you are not aware of what’s really happening in your company.

To remedy this, you must be always kept abreast of all data relevant to your warehousing operation. You need to be updated on every transaction, expense, income, number of orders and deliveries, their frequency, equipment used and unused and so forth.

3. Expand vertically, not Just Horizontally

Oftentimes, when a warehousing business grows, the owner will think of adding more space to their present operations. That is good, but it will take additional rental costs. Why not try to expand your space vertically first?

In this way, you will not be paying for additional space. Most warehouses have more than enough vertical spaces. You can use this unused space for your vertical expansion, instead of looking for another place to rent or buy.

Once you have fully utilized all your available vertical spaces, that is the right time to search for another warehouse to buy or rent.

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