As businesses continue to feel pressure to improve their efficiency, the need for lean principles is stronger than ever. This approach can give warehouse organization and product flow a tremendous boost.
Some of the challenges facing warehouse managers include ineffective processes, recurring slow periods in supply chains, ineffective storage, and bad layouts. Lean warehouse management can help manage these issues.
One big benefit of lean warehouse management is its ability to slash the labor costs associated with reworking and poor material handling. It can also cut down on the unnecessary transport of supplies by placing materials according to how fast they move. In addition, it can standardize work flow and cut order processing time.
One lean manufacturing tool that has the power to increase the efficiency of a warehouse is 5S. The five guidelines in this approach all start with the letter S so they are easy to remember, and they can help you organize and clean your workspace and set up some standard procedures. Here is a look at each component.
This entails moving unnecessary items out of the workplace, whether it’s equipment, tools, or supplies. This helps you increase the amount of work and storage space that you have available.
Set in Order
This guideline states that every work area must be arranged with efficiency and convenience in mind, ensuring it is as easy as possible to move from one station to another and keeping movements like bending and reaching to a minimum.
This pertains to keeping things clean. Employees should clean their work area at the end of each shift so that potential issues like excessive wear are easier to spot.
Any improvements that prove to be successful should be documented so they can be easily instituted in other areas of work.
The previous four steps will only deliver consistent results if they are repeated every day.
This blog post was based off of an article from Industrial Distribution. View the original here.