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4 Tips for a Productive Warehouse

Success in today's retail industry relies on an effective warehouse that can keep items in stock for customers to purchase. Unfortunately, many retail businesses don't have warehouses that fully meet their needs. Follow these four tips to make your warehouse more productive, and you can lower your costs and exceed customer expectations in the process.

Use Real-Time Inventory Controls

A warehouse works best when it has a direct link to the store it supplies. If you can move items from the warehouse to the shelf seamlessly, then you don't have to worry about running out of popular products that earn money for your business.

Real-time inventory control is the most effective way to create this connection. You should have the ability to know where all of your items are at any time. That way, you'll see that your stock is running low in the store and you can alert the warehouse to send more.

Track Your Most Important Metrics

If you aren't tracking your warehouse's most important metrics, then you don't know how productive it is. The specific metrics that you track might differ from industry to industry. In general, you'll need to keep a close eye on the warehouse's:

  • Fill rate
  • Inventory turnover
  • Ship to promise

You might also want to consider customer retention and new customer acquisition to gain more insight into how your warehouse should operate better in the near future.

Analyze Your Order Profiles

Many companies mistakenly believe that they understand their order profiles. In reality, it's been years since they have taken a close look. The retail industry can change quickly, so it's important to test your assumptions continuously.

Data provides the raw material that you need to analyze your order profiles. Until you actually perform an analysis, though, you don't have the information you need to make smarter decisions in your warehouse.

You may find that you can improve productivity by storing some items near each other in the warehouse. You may also learn that order increment distribution changes by month or season. Taking an analytical look at your order profiles is the best way to make sure that your decisions are in line with reality.

Align Your Staff

Like most businesses, your company probably has months when it is busier than others. If your warehouse isn't prepared, this can put a strain on the staff. The busiest day for retail stores isn't always what you might expect, so you need to take an analytical approach that relies on numbers instead of intuition.

Staffing alignment offers a flexible approach that makes sure you have the right number of people for the workload. This improves efficiency and customer satisfaction while lowering the amount of money that you spend on warehouse personnel. When your staff size conforms to demand, your business will work more efficiently.

Do you want to learn more about making your warehouse more productive? Get a free consultation from The Apparel Logistics Group. A TALG representative will contact you to help you with your warehouse needs.

Posted: 4/14/2016 9:53:45 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments


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