Without smooth warehouse receiving operations, it is easy to lose track of products and difficult to identify the source of problems, and this can have a negative impact on a business’s profitability. That is why a comprehensive warehouse management program is essential for supply chain success.
Many of the decisions that are made in warehouses relate to equipment, personnel, location and scheduling. This has been true in large-scale industrial operations for decades, even as technology has evolved.
One area that has seen a lot of improvements recently thanks to technology is labeling. The use of RFID scanners, barcoding, computerization, and automated pallet management systems has brought new levels of accuracy to warehouse receiving.
Scheduling is vital for managing incoming goods and keeping counts and labels accurate. Cross-docking can bypass the need for storage entirely, thereby boosting efficiency. It’s also important to pay attention to replenishment. Ideally, items should be re-ordered at least 4 weeks before they are needed.
All of these areas can be improved by collecting the right metrics and using them to overhaul existing operations. Here are just a few of the metrics you should be paying attention to.
Dock Utilization and Dock to Stock Time
You want to track the utilization of dock doors and space to make sure it is as efficient as possible. You should also consider the amount of time that is needed to move goods through the system.
Supplier Shipping Issues
You need to keep track of shipper errors like product and paperwork mistakes in order to stay on top of any problems.
Make use of systems that will double check everything using label scans in order to identify any mistakes that take place during warehousing.
Even when you have a good system in place, you need to continue monitoring operations to look for any new problems that arise. By having an efficient warehouse system, you can keep miscounting at bay and ensure that your business runs as smoothly as possible.
This blog post was based off of an article from Newcastle Systems. View the original here.