For those who manage or own warehouses, one of the biggest frustrations can be not knowing how to improve efficiency. This can be in terms of increasing productivity, reducing the amount of energy used – especially that from non-renewable sources – or limiting waste.
Generally, with better equipment comes better results. Investing in the machinery to help your warehouse function should make your business more efficient in more ways than one. The four tips below explain how.
Watch your power consumption
If possible, track and evaluate your power consumption. Using data analysts, find out during which tasks or even which days of the week, your power consumption surges and begin working out why it is. From there, you should be able to map out the best ways to reduce energy consumption, such as improved cooling systems or roofing.
Unless your warehouse is an around-the-clock operation, equipment that is not in use should be turned off regularly. This, in theory, and usually in practice, will not only reduce how much energy you consume but also how much pollution you emit in terms of light, heat, and fumes.
Across the United States, there are companies offering recycling solutions for your warehouse or distribution center. They help turn recycling into profit, keeping your warehouse clutter-free and reducing the amount of waste you produce, too.
Recycling does not have to be through an external business, either. Increase the amount you recycle internally: reusing your waste products on-site. This could be done through the double-use of cardboard boxes or the use of waste food products to make compost. These are simple solutions that any warehouse can implement to help the environment and keep costs down.
The clearest and obvious way to be more efficient in your warehouse is to improve your productivity. Making operations faster, tinkering with the way your systems work and reducing distractions could all help with this, and are all aided by fast and decisive managerial action.
Better using break times can also lead to improved productivity, so if your warehouse has no comfortable and quiet place for workers to relax during their lunch or afternoon break, consider creating them one. Having an area where work can be forgotten for 15 minutes can actually help motivate a workforce, in turn improving productivity.
A workforce will also be better motivated if your company offers perks, employee benefits, and a good chance of progression.
Use better equipment
To speed up operations, have lower running costs and reduce maintenance fees, a warehouse should be striving to use the best possible equipment. If, for example, your warehouse requires the transportation of shredded documents or small metal bolts, investing in light duty roller conveyors will increase your premises’ efficiency in no time.
It is the use of top-quality equipment that also aids the previous tips. Newer machinery is likely to aid recycling, use greener energy, and be easier to switch on and off rather than being left running.
Due to being an improved product, they are usually faster and increases your productivity easily.