If your warehouse has inefficiencies, you need to straighten them out as quickly as possible or you could find your entire operation in jeopardy. Unfortunately, these problems are not always immediately obvious. Here are a few signs that you need to take action.
If your warehouse is always messy with carelessly placed items strewn about, it can have a ripple effect that stunts your entire operations. When workers can’t find items quickly, backorders and canceled orders can become the norm, leading to customer dissatisfaction. Workers are also more likely to get injured, which could mean more compensation claims to pay out as well.
Order errors are bound to crop up every now and then, but if your team finds itself constantly having to fix errors, it is time to take a closer look. Errors mean more customer returns, and this in turn leaves you with a crop of dissatisfied customers taking their business elsewhere and airing their unhappiness on the internet, harming your reputation.
Stock Level Problems
An inefficient warehouse often has problems with its inventory stock level, whether it’s running out of products or over-ordering items that were already in stock without realizing it.
If you’re noting a rise in overtime wages or requests for sick pay and time off, there is a chance that your warehouse staff is not being managed properly. High employee turnover and poor staff morale are all signs that something is seriously wrong with the current method of operations.
If this sounds familiar, it is time to consider instituting a warehouse management system or overhauling your current one to turn things around. RFID tracking systems are a great way to keep track of everything in the warehouse, from the products being sent out to customers to the machinery that is used to operate the warehouse. This can eliminate wasted time, keep your customers and workforce happy, and give your bottom line a nice boost.
This blog post was based off of an article from Newcastle Systems. View the original here.