Warehouse Productivity Breakdown: What can you do to optimize your warehouse?
Warehouses are struggling to make optimal use of labor and space, while ensuring that efforts to control cost don’t compromise their commitment to top-notch customer service.
If there is one lesson that the economic downfall has taught us is that businesses must learn how to do more, with less. Warehouse managers, like many others across company ranks, are pressured to streamline processes while maintaining a high level of customer service. Staffing, product picking and shipping, and being flexible enough to handle upticks or downturns in volume can quickly become a tricky balancing act. To keep up with workload, with less labor force, warehouse managers are cross-training employees, working with temp agencies for extra labor during busy cycles, and are looking to IT to help control the chaos.
Business intelligence and labor management software can streamline warehouse operations, improve employee productivity, and manage the swing between busy and lean times. This software will help the warehouse manager do more with less, all while improving customer service. Labor management software can reveal performance targets, based on worker tasks and abilities. By tracking worker’s tasks and how they affect warehouse traffic, you can quickly discover inefficient processes and take steps to make improvements. Software can also predict when the warehouse might be busier, so the warehouse manager can schedule workers to staff the busier times, without having to scramble and find unqualified labor.
When the warehouse functions smoothly, customers are happy. Warehouse managers have a challenging task to deliver goods to customers with less labor. Though cross-training and temp agencies can fill in the gap, IT solutions can help warehouses work more efficiently now and for the long run. Contact Pangea Business Solution for more information about optimizing your warehouse.
By Alexandra Gonzalez with PANGEA Business Solutions, Florida Microsoft Dynamics Partner