Fleet Management & Forklift Safety Blog

3 Warehouse Management Best Practices that Drive Efficiency

Posted by Dick Sorenson on Mar 15, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Warehouse management done right, with the help of technology, can improve efficiency and decrease impacts. And for some companies, this is not a continuous challenge, just a pattern of following best practices. The question is, which practices directly increase efficiency? Best-Practices-1.jpg

There are 3 key things you should be doing. Now, you may think there are too many things that you “should do” every day, and many you don’t have time for. Warehouse management is not for the faint of heart. So, it pays to know which best practices have the most impact.

Simplify and prioritize warehouse management

Let’s focus on what warehouse management best practices can be incorporated into your day, requiring very little time, yet vastly improving results.

1.      Use technology to work smarter — not harder.

Investigative managerial tasks can potentially steal 1-2 hours of your day each week — that is, if you can even find the time to complete them. But, what if you could accomplish those tasks in minutes?

About 65% of companies use big data to monitor equipment and assets, refining operating issues to meet or exceed their objectives. You should:

  • Focus daily on the components that keep business moving — drivers, safety, and training. Use advanced telematics to deliver actionable information in real time.
  • Your platform should allow you to quickly assess the warehouse’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Use insight to identify patterns in behaviors throughout the warehouse and take action to proactively prevent potential issues and accidents.

2.      Identify small, daily costs that are unnecessary.

You can’t manage costs if you can’t accurately identify all the small ways that they are adding up. Look at where you are incurring incremental costs, and remember that small, proactive measures can add up to big savings.

  • Monitor and make sure forklift repairs are completed at the first sign of a problem. This helps avoid costly equipment replacements in the future.
  • Use a telematics system to help with monitoring battery usage and enforcing a schedule of battery maintenance. This can drastically reduce premature battery replacement.

3.      Monitor all the moving parts in the facility.

You can’t be everywhere at once. Telematic vehicle tracking can identify the exact location of each vehicle and driver, identifying safety issues and inefficiencies. Operator report cards help you quickly determine which drivers need additional training, potential labor reallocation, slotting optimization, and the fastest and safest route for product movement. You can improve warehouse routing and decrease driver and fuel costs, easily determining the shortest path or paths of less resistance.

Telematics brings real-time information and analysis to one screen and allows you the time to implement these 3 best practices into your daily routine The right platform will easily integrate with your existing SMART systems, so you can assess the organization’s strengths and weaknesses and make the necessary changes that boost efficiency.

Topics: one-screen access, value driven strategies, waste stream reduction, OEM Systems, root cause, telematic data