Author: PACKQUEEN Date Posted:4 December 2019
To keep customers happy, systems and processes in place working properly and the business flow going smoothly, you need to make sure your warehouse is in order. The flow of your products – the ins and outs – have a big impact on customer satisfaction, employee morale and productivity as well as revenue.
Think about it: if you have problems fulfilling orders, even slight timing issues, your customers will get impatient, your employees start to feel the pressure and the business suffers over time.
When is The Best Time?
If you can, schedule a warehouse review and check every quarter or at least twice a year. Schedule those during the lean seasons when you have less orders to process. This way, you can take your time when making checks and improving things as you go along.
Why You Need an Organised Warehouse
There are a lot of good things you and your business can enjoy by having an organised warehouse. Some of them are as follows:
A warehouse cleanup is a good time to countercheck your inventory to find out how accurate it is. You can also use this time to have a look at what sells and what doesn’t as well as the current trends in the market so you can decide which product to stop selling and which ones to stock up on.
Doing this during the lean season is also a good idea so you can accurately see how many stocks you need for each of your products for the upcoming peak season.
An inventory check is a good time to also check on your order processing procedure to see if what works and what doesn’t.
It will also be a good time to do an efficiency check. You can do a dry run with your shipping and fulfillment team to see how long the entire pick-and-pack and dispatch process takes to see if you need to make adjustments to make it more efficient. This will help you in getting the orders out to customers a lot faster.
Get More Space
When you get your supplies organised and your assembly line streamlined, you’ll find that you have more space in the warehouse for more essentials. You’ll be better able to see where things should be and how everything should be segregated before getting more stocks you know you’ll be needing for the peak season.
Make It Safer
Warehouses can be dangerous places thanks to falling products, shelves getting knocked over and scattered debris littering the warehouse floor.
A check break in the warehouse allows you the time and energy to put safety measures in place to make sure you and your team can head into the peak season without fearing for your safety.
Improve Employee Morale
We can all agree that an organised and orderly warehouse makes for smooth workflows, higher productivity and less stress for everyone involved. This, in turn, can result to more satisfied employees. Who wouldn’t want that? Satisfied employees make happy customers so you can use this time to check in with your staff, find out what you can do to make sure their morale is high and whether or not they have suggestions to help you make things better and easier for everyone.
Getting your warehouse organised means more than putting things in order. It’s figuratively checking in with your workforce and the backbone of your business to make sure everything’s in place and everyone is ready for the coming busy days.