13 MORE Tips for Increasing Warehouse Productivity
Our first list was so popular that many people asked for more, and we are happy to deliver! Check out this list of under-rated actions that can really “move the needle” in your warehousing operations!
- To increase worker accountability, post in a conspicuous place the picking rates of individuals or groups in real time.
- Establish productivity and quality goals for new product pickers.
- Establish goals and tracking systems to measure and audit stockouts and the number of items not in their proper location.
- When possible, have workers pick horizontally; if vertical picking is the only option, put fast moving items at ground level and slower moving items on higher levels.
- Place frequently picked items close to the shipping station to increase throughput.
- The larger the warehouse the more quickly the facility should eventually be automated with warehouse robots doing the work and employees spending time on the floor only when there is a problem.
- Upfit your aisles, bays, shelves, and slots with clearly marked, large, easily identifiable location signs to keep workers moving to their correct locations.
- Use times-picked rankings in order to determine the products moving the fastest and the optimal places to put them.
- Touch items only once to help prevent errors and increase speed of products out the door.
- Operations that do more piece picking (versus case picking) have the opportunity to hire more women workers due to the focus on dexterity as opposed to physical strength.
- Create formal dialog sessions with warehouse workers on a regular basis to help determine which operational processes are broken, ineffective, or missing.
- When designing pay plans, offer all-or-nothing bonuses to workers who achieve predetermined levels of throughput, accuracy, safety, and attendance.
- Assign each worker to a specific zone to allow him to become an expert within his area of the facility and also to reduce travel time.
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