Warehouse management is not for the faint of heart. The demand to fill orders faster, with greater accuracy while reducing operational and labor cost makes it one of the most stressful careers in the supply chain industry.
Managing growth, supervising labor, and tracking the movement of inventory are the three most common causes of stress in warehouse management. Business growth and increased demand are expected to continue, so your enterprise should take steps to mitigate challenges.
Here’s a look at the top 3 reasons for warehouse management stress and simple solutions:
- Hiring and retaining skilled labor
Finding and retaining qualified labor is always a top concern. Operating a forklift requires specific skills, the right certifications, and a constant focus on safety. After you find and hire that person, job-specific training must also be provided.
Track and document all operator training through your telematic platform so a vehicle can be locked out if an operator is not in compliance with certification and training requirements. Your telematic platform can provide you with a list of operators whose certification is about to expire so you can be proactive.
Once you have trained the talent your enterprise needs, you need to keep them. Retaining and encouraging growth in your workforce is easier when you can identify who excels on the job and who needs more coaching or training. Use telematic operator report cards to recognize excellence on the job and to help facilitate employee engagement. Make employees feel they are part of a team that works together to obtain objectives.
- Tracking inventory
As more inventory moves through your facility, it can be harder to track. Some managers think this challenge is just part of doing business. But, there are ways to make it a lot easier.
Advanced location capabilities with telematics show you exactly where all the forklifts are in the warehouse and where each piece of inventory is located. This cuts through one of the biggest reasons for stress and frustration — time wasted searching for misplaced inventory.
It also saves money. One recent report found that many companies realize a profitability increase of 20 to 50 percent or more after implementing an advanced inventory-tracking system.
- Managing business growth
Across the entire warehouse operation, daily processes must work in synergy. But problems and safety infractions rise in direct correlation with increased demand.
Telematic data delivers a solution by:
- Monitoring all the moving parts in a warehouse to identify where efficiency can be improved, e.g., rerouting forklifts for safety or improved traffic flow.
- Monitoring and identify risky driver behavior and completed safety checklists so mechanical issues can be immediately addressed and accidents avoided.
- Monitoring forklift use and identifying who is working, their location, and if anyone is not putting in a full shift.
About 52 percent of companies deploy telematics to manage labor, inventory and business growth. Leveraging real-time data and knowledge gained from a telematics platform, like TotalTrax’s SX/VX200, facilitates productivity, monitors safety, and reduces stress — no matter how much your business grows.