While more and more businesses opt for the drop shipping business model, there are some scenarios in which this won’t be an option. Other than this, even though it complicates your business’ infrastructure, the traditional supply model revolves around warehouses for a good reason. This gives you greater control and independence, which, eventually leads to a bigger profit. Still, for this to work you need to know how to make an efficient warehouse system, one that’s frugal, efficient and reliable. With that in mind, here are several tips to help you move your warehouse management forward as a whole.
Find a competent manager
Chances are that you as a business owner don’t know a first thing about running a warehouse. Unfortunately, this is an operation that your business needs in order to both survive and thrive. Now, services of competent warehouse manager aren’t cheap, and the demand is so high that there won’t be a plethora of them on the job market. Either way, you need their services, and this is not an area where you should try to be frugal. In order to recognize a good warehouse manager, you need to learn a thing or two about skills necessary for this job. We’re of course talking about the knowledge of the product, adaptability and being process-oriented, instead of thinking just about results.
Invest in a warehouse management software
Amazon is investing heavily in robot workers and while this may be seen as too expensive for a small business, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t follow their lead and innovate. The simplest and the most common way to do so is to invest in a warehouse management software and there are a plethora of adequate tools on the market. These tools don’t differ just in form but have different features and interfaces that can significantly customize and personalize your warehouse management as a whole. Other than this, some of them were meant for smaller companies, while others may be more suitable for large enterprises. All in all, you need to research, compare and make a choice based on your own needs.
Another thing you need to understand is the fact that orientation in your warehouse and one’s ability to get across it without any trouble depends on your ability to use vertical instead of horizontal space. By packing too many items on a ground level, you’ll make traffic of the warehouse nearly impossible, yet, fortunately, there’s no reason why this would be a serious problem.
Nonetheless, when packing things too high, you need to think about the stability of the shelf in question and the accessibility of the item. This is something that you can achieve with the right amount of warehouse planning and by using the top shelves only for items that aren’t in that great of a demand. As for the stability and safety, it’s important that you purchase quality shelving and have it professionally installed.
Building a team
Previously, we’ve discussed the importance of getting an adequate warehouse manager—now, it’s time to select the rest of your team. While a warehouse manager can’t do it all on their own, what they can do is help you pick adequate candidates. Sure, there are some indicators like previous work experience that can hint that someone is the right person for the job, but a good warehouse manager has much better odds of picking the right candidate. This is the very reason why we put the selection of the warehouse manager to the first and hiring the rest of the team to the fourth spot on the list.
The most important thing you need to gather from this is the fact that neither of the above-listed four is optional. You need the right project manager, you need a competent team, you need quality shelving; and, in this day and age, you need an adequate digital tool. Once you have all four you can start tweaking and improving your business, yet, without them, you just can’t have a solid foundation.