Warehouse or distribution management requires more than supply chain knowledge and leadership skills. It demands that you work at an elevated level of preparedness for any challenge or mishap that could occur.
In fact, if things are running smoothly in your facility, you probably are looking over your shoulder right now. So, if you start each day feeling like you are trying to change the tire of a moving vehicle, your preparedness may be lacking.
4 ways to be prepared for warehouse management challenges
1. Start each day knowing which KPIs are slipping below expectations, what is going wrong, and how to fix it.
Your morning should consist of a hot cup of coffee and reading a report card on all your KPIs. Problem areas should be highlighted, while successful areas should be checked off as not needing attention. The latest telematics platforms can do this for you, with one-screen access to all that you need to know. Before your coffee is cool, you should know where the problems are, why, and how to address them.
2. Know what is happening in your facility and what must be achieved that day.
What tasks are urgent, and what deadlines are looming? Are some forklifts sidelined? Operators, workers and vehicles should be optimized to best serve the key objectives of that day. Telematic forklift monitoring and operator report cards give insight, identifying operator patterns that assist in safer handling of equipment and better understanding of skill levels and proficiencies. This helps with assignment of tasks and boosting productivity.
3. Identify safety risks and act to prevent them.
It is vital to know where the greatest potential for an accident is lurking. Being prepared means identifying how, where and why impacts have occurred in the past and using that insight to reroute lift-trucks or make necessary changes to limit risk.
Operator Report Cards score overall performance, broken down by impacts, safety checklist, speed, and vehicle certifications. The information can be reviewed with individual operators to determine deficiencies.
4. Know how to access all essential documentation for OSHA and local regulations.
Nothing causes greater stress than to learn that OSHA is looking for detailed information or a specific report that is hard to find. Being prepared for anything means having all incident reports and full documentation of completed safety checklists and operator certifications readily available.
If you use an advanced telematics system, which records, tracks and documents these key facts, you can breathe easier and always be prepared for any documentation requests.
Some days, you are running from one end of the warehouse to the other, perhaps all day. Being prepared for anything is essential to good warehouse management. This means understanding what is happening on a granular level, which is easily achieved with the right telematics platform.