How To Keep Your Warehouse Organized
A warehouse can feel like an endless space where it is impossible to find anything quickly. Keeping your warehouse well-organized can help you keep the space clean and tidy, make storing and finding products quicker and more efficient, and allow you to optimize your space.
Here are 6 organization ideas to try out for your warehouse.
Set Up a Cleaning Schedule: Keeping your warehouse clean means cleaning work areas and keeping the whole place free from clutter, which can be a safety hazard. You should set aside some time during the day where everyone at the warehouse can clean their work areas or help with inventory and decluttering.
Keep Your Warehouse Design Flexible: It is important to assess the whole space and see if the warehouse is being utilized properly. If certain areas can be redesigned to use the space better, then redesign them! Additionally, as your business grows or changes over the year, you may need to reevaluate your space so that it is a good idea to keep the warehouse design flexible.
Prioritize Popular Stock Products: The most popular stock products at your warehouse should be prioritized regarding where they are stored. They should be kept in the easiest-to-reach locations, such as lower shelves and towards the front of stock-keeping units. The most popular stock products can change over time, so once again, keep a flexible design option for your warehouse.
Make Use of Vertical Space: Many people might consider moving into a larger warehouse space rather than organizing it to make the most of it. Using vertical space can enable you to store a lot more stock than before. Add in taller shelves or a mezzanine space for additional stock-keeping units.
Adopt Technology Solutions: When we say you should adopt technology solutions for your warehouse, we don’t just mean a new forklift – although a forklift could definitely help with organization. Three technology solutions to look into include a warehouse management system to keep better track of inventory, blockchain technology for safe and secure record-keeping, and some of the latest robotics for easier transport and moving of stock products.
Pay Attention to Signage and Labeling: As obvious as this may seem, signage and labeling are extremely important for keeping things organized and ensuring that you know where everything is kept. You can consider barcode systems or radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags for warehouse inventory. As for warehouse signage, you should mark the rows, shelves, sections, aisles, and different work areas. This can speed up stock retrieval processes and better help your workers navigate the large space.
The more you keep your warehouse organized, the better you can run your business. Keep the space clean and tidy, know where everything is kept, use the latest technology, and keep an open mind when it comes to warehouse design and changing things up.
Try out some of the organization ideas we have talked about, and you’re sure to see the results!
MIDCOM has been helping warehouses stay organized with the newest track and trace solutions since 1982. Talk to one of our Specialists to learn more by calling (800) 643-2664.