Are you a distribution center manager? You have probably realized that your warehouses are not operating optimally. However, increasing the productivity levels in the warehouse is a top priority.
Lack of resources, time and strategies could be some of the factors limiting you. It could also be difficult to point out the specific areas that are affecting your efficiency, as many variables are in play. From workloads, labor, scheduling, to third-party vendors.
The optimal strategies for improving productivity may vary from one company to another. Below are some of the strategies you could adopt:
• Process Log
Inventory error rates offer insight on how you can improve the efficiency of your workforce. It shades light on any systemic failures within the operation. You should use these metrics to identify problematic areas.
Keep a log of changes made in operation. Recording the changes on a timescale will help you to be proactive when analyzing the error rates. It could be a change in technology, the procedure for training, work schedule, etc.
• Reinforcing Accountability
Let the workflow you create, promote accountability and emphasize accuracy. It will make workers more attentive to the processes. And in turn, lead to a long-term gain in efficiency.
Hold your workers responsible for the mistakes they make. Checks and balances in a process will keep the potential for errors, at bay. A procedure can only benefit the organization if workers can’t work around the system.
• Empower the Workforce
Empower and encourage the workers by focusing on their core skills and management style. Find new ways to engage employees. Make the goals of the organization known to them.
Invest in technology that makes it possible for the staff to work efficiently. Eliminate redundant and unnecessary activities. You can even get a fresh set of eyes to observe and question the system.
Yes, technology helps in improving efficiency at the warehouse. You, however, also need to evaluate the practices that do not center on technology too.