Seven Strategies to Improve Warehouse Operations

Managing a food industry warehouse is not a set-it-and-forget-it operation. Space is finite; new products and sizes proliferate; old ones fall out of favor; stock changes seasonally; and technology improves. Examining infrastructure and reviewing layout and systems should be an ongoing process so you can squeeze every ounce of efficiency out of your operation.

Industry estimates say labor makes up more than half of a warehouse’s total operations cost. If your warehouse is inefficient, pickers are walking longer distances and searching more, resulting in wasted time and resources. Not to mention increased fatigue, which increases error rates.

Many factors contribute to a productive and efficient warehouse operation – layout, product location, naming conventions, picking methods, technology, and staff training. All of these factors can impact a company’s bottom line. Here are seven strategies to help you improve operations and add significant financial and time savings.