How to Enhance Warehouse Productivity

by Michael Kotendzhi | Warehousing
How to Enhance Warehouse Productivity

The rapid development of e-commerce has increased the demand for the speed of the delivery service. Business owners have to carefully review warehouses to ensure an optimal delivery time. Whether you are considering incorporating a  cross-docking service or you are looking for a co-packer, there are lots of ways to enhance your inbound and outbound operations. Here are four of our favorite ways to enhance warehouse productivity.

Focus on Safety

The top priority for any warehouse design should be safety and security. Falls, faulty shelves, break-ins, and other accidents and frequently cause injuries in warehouses. The greater safety you can provide, the fewer accidents you will experience. One way to increase safety is to create extra lines of sight with good lighting and limited visibility into your facility.

Reduce Travel Time

Warehouses are huge and moving all of the products inside of them often results in a large amount of travel time. Think about the layout of the warehouse and the logistics of their work. Any decrease in travel time can lead to huge savings.

Inventory Tracking

Effective inventory tracking can help enhance a warehouse's productivity. By using up-to-date technology, a business can accurately track inventory. It can also help your employees with accurate inventory counts and even the prevention of theft and other losses.

Automated Inventory Counting

Hand-counting inventory is a time-consuming process that many warehouse owners want to avoid at all costs. It can also lead to inaccuracies, as human error is common. Invest in the latest technology to help you automate your inventory tracking process.

Adjust your Storage Layout

Are slow-moving products taking up premium real estate? Use your statistics to track which products move, and which don't. This can help you free up space and improve the amount of revenue a business can generate per square foot.

For over 30 years, 18 Wheels Logistics has strived to be the most customer-centric trucking, warehousing, and logistics company around. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Wheels relies on experience and integrity to make customers happy and remain on the cutting edge of shipping and logistics management.

If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to us about your shipping needs, please call us at (604) 439-8938.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.