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4 Reasons Your Warehouse or DC is Hard to Manage

Posted by Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development on Sep 19, 2017 3:00:00 AM

There are some very common issues that can get in the way of productivity and lean management. If your warehouse or DC is hard to manage — things just seem to be going wrong every day — there are some common reasons why. traffic-lights-466950_640.jpg

1. Your employees need more training

How you approach training in your facility can make or break successful learning. OSHA has specific requirements for forklift operation, and it’s up to the facility managers and operators to meet those requirements — including retraining for anyone demonstrating poor driver behavior.

Telematics software can monitor operator behavior and create a report card, letting you know which specific skills or behavior deficits require further training.

Tip: Don’t always deliver training and retrieval of information in exactly the same way. Make it different each time. This reinforces neural connections and improves learning and retention.

2. You are not certain why a certain KPI is off or how to fix it

There are a few very common issues that will throw off operational KPIs in a warehouse or distribution facility. But to solve the issue, a manager first must identify the “what, when and why” it is happening.

For example, say your fleet’s activity is not what it should be. You can get instant answers from a telematic report card capable of monitoring fleet performance and delivering a pull-down menu to identify which truck(s) and operator(s) are slowing down the overall fleet.

Tip: Each day should start with identifying and addressing problem KPIs then working toward continuous improvement.

3. Forklift impacts happen too frequently

You may think that you have done everything you can to ensure safety by providing forklift training, creating rules for speed and routing, and setting expectations for safety checklists and lockouts, but accidents still happen.

Perhaps speed is the issue. Telematic optical location allows speed limits to be set for each type of forklift in your warehouse.

Tip: The right telematics system can provide warnings to managers and supervisors about broken speed limits. If speed is exceeded, an alarm sounds and an email is sent to the supervisor. Control the speed, and that next impact may be avoided.

4. Several lift trucks are locked out due to maintenance or repairs

Maybe regular maintenance is ignored and small repairs are turning into big ones. Operators may be skipping the required safety checklist. Doing so increases injuries and vehicle downtime because issues are not caught in time for preventative action.

Tip: Advanced telematics quickly provide answers and solutions on a single dashboard. Instant alerts warn of equipment issues, repairs, or required maintenance before they pose any risk.

Your job is easier if have the necessary information and insight to take better control of problem situations and proactively address challenges. Leveraging the right telematic information can help you identify what is going wrong and even tell you how to fix it.

Topics: Unauthorized forklift driving, fleet operation, dangers of forklift operation, Lean 5S, connected warehouse solutions

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