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Warehousing Anxiety — 3 Tips to Better Manage Stress and Everyday Demands

Posted by Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development on Aug 10, 2017 3:00:00 AM

One of the biggest issues warehouse and distribution managers face is managing growth. The fact is, success increases demands, expectations and stress levels. fidget-2363067_640.jpg

Between the challenges of having enough labor to satisfy growing demands, dealing with lost inventory, and an increased risk of injuries as pressure mounts, stress can rise exponentially. The solution? Easier access to information and better tracking capabilities.

3 top anxiety producers in your warehouse — and solutions.

  1. Lost inventory anxiety

As more inventory moves through your facility, it can suddenly develop the power of invisibility. It is somewhere in the warehouse, but the question is where. Some think this is just part of doing business. But, there are easy solutions.

Advanced location capabilities with telematics show you exactly where all of your forklifts are in the warehouse and where each piece of inventory is located. This solution 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.

  1. More money, more problems

Problems and safety infractions increase in direct correlation to business growth. It is important to identify problems as they are forming and take preventive action.

Safety issues cause more than just physical injuries. For example, impacts and accidents slow all movement in the warehouse and, depending on the timing, drastically cut productivity.

Telematic data provides a solution by allowing you to:

  • Monitor all the moving parts in a warehouse, identify where efficiency can be improved, and determine where and how you can boost productivity
  • Monitor and identify risky driver behavior and their completion of safety checklists so issues can be immediately addressed and accidents avoided
  • Know your lift-truck utilization — exactly who is working, when, and where, identifying, for example, if anyone is not putting in a full shift. You know exactly when trucks are being used and when they are not.

This is why about 52 percent of companies deploy telematics to proactively prevent problems and safety issues.

  1. More demands, more new operator stress

Operating a forklift requires specific skills, the right certifications, and a constant focus on safety. After you find that person, job-specific training must be provided. Tracking this is easier with today’s software.

Today’s telematics software delivers detailed certification and training log administration and advanced driver-access control. This means:

  • Operator certifications require an operator to be certified before using a particular vehicle model. A vehicle can be locked out if an operator is not in compliance.
  • Certification expiration option provides a list of operators whose certification is nearing expiration.

Leveraging the 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.

Topics: proactive warehouse management, value driven strategies, stress, hiring new forklift drvers, injuries

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