10 Simple Tips To Create A Tidier, More Productive Warehouse

Warehouse managers are always looking for ways to work smarter, leaner and more efficiently.

Here are some simple tips to make life easier for everyone in the workplace.


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10 Simple Tips To Create A Tidier, More Productive Warehouse

  1. Free up space for your waste and recycling

    Waste is inevitable in the warehouse. Racksack ® is the perfect solution to your warehouse-waste-woes. Easily hung on racking, the racksack ® can be filled with up to 160L of waste. This frees up valuable warehouse space that a lot of businesses currently having to dedicate to giant wheelie bins. With a wide selection of print designs to choose from you can be sure to find a solution for your largest waste culprits

  2. Highly visible signs and labels

    Furthermore, Improving the flow of a warehouse as well as increasing health and safety awareness, posters and stickers are an essential feature of any warehouse. Necessary warnings and notices should be displayed clearly to meet HSE standards and regulations.  Racking labels and identification is also crucial for improving warehouse logistics.

  3. Optimise your storage space with racking and shelving

    Sounds obvious right? But if you want your warehouse to be neat, storage efficient and safe, then racking and shelving is a must, and one of the first things you should look at streamlining. There are various types of racking: Cantilever racking, selective racking, push back racking, drive-in racking, pallet flow racking, and carton flow racking, among others. Do your research, and decide which racking and shelving are most effective for your warehouse space.

  4. Dedicate specific areas to employees

    We want to think that this is the equivalent of making them feel like they have their own “office”! With dedicated areas, your warehouse also becomes more structured and less chaotic. Come up with a floor plan, factoring in population and current warehouse capacity, and designate staff accordingly.

  5. Housekeeping! 

    You should routinely clean your warehouse, don’t let it gradually descend into a dust and dirt haven. Keep cleaning products close by and readily available. Encourage pride in your workspace. Set up a routine where tools, machinery, merchandise and paperwork are all left in satisfactory condition by the end of each working day or week.  Visual management boards are a great way of keeping the warehouse in tip-top shape.

  6. Keep a suitable First Aid Kit nearby for any accidental accidents!

    Injuries can be shared in a warehouse environment, with heavy machinery and sharp tools being used each and every day. Having a visible and easily accessible First Aid Kit station on site can lead to a quick, potentially life-changing response. Be sure to have a trained first aider in your ranks, and make people are aware who and where that person can be found in case of an emergency. 

  7. Shift rotations and progression

    Keeping your staff on their toes is imperative for achieving a happy and dynamic team. Some tasks can get tedious after a while. Where possible, make sure your staff are well trained in all aspects of warehouse duties and responsibilities – not only does this mean you can assign them to any task without dubiety, it also covers functions when staff members are off sick or on annual leave. This will have a positive impact on productivity and will also improve individual progression, which is excellent for team confidence.
     

  8. Keep on top of inventory control

    Whether it’s through computer system software or a simple pen and paper checking system, your stock levels need to be observed and accurately recorded. Regular stock-taking (usually yearly, but can be weekly, monthly, quarterly) ensures quantities and the condition of items are precise. Visual stock marking is an excellent way of monitoring stock control.
     

  9. Get rid of the old stock!

    Sometimes we can be hoarders, even in business. But there comes a time when those old products collecting dust on the top shelf are taking up valuable storage space that could be used for other items. If the stock hasn’t moved for a while, and you believe the value has decreased significantly… Get. Rid. 
    However, if you think the stock is too good for a skip, perhaps think about selling your items in bulk, using auctions or online resale websites.

  10. Communicate 

    This seems obvious, and yet is vitally important – Your warehouse is only as efficient as your team. Set up weekly/monthly/quarterly meetings for feedback and evaluations. Add a suggestion box for those who might not feel comfortable putting forward their ideas. Employees will often know the warehouse, and it’s routines inside out – tapping into their brains for purposes can often be the best and quickest way to improve your organisation. If everyone is on the same page, it makes the warehouse a much happier, productive place to be!

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Additional Information

  • Easy collection of waste
  • Easy to fix, easy to remove
  • Helps waste segregation
  • Hard-wearing & re-usable

Waste management problems will be easily solved with Racksack. Suitable for most warehouse racking systems, the racksack quickly fixes to the end of your racking system. The racksack is ideally designed for most racking and shelving systems between 900mm and 1100mm. Once full, racksacks can be removed and emptied with ease. The racksack has thoughtfully developed so that it will not intrude into valuable warehouse space. When hung, it has a large open mouth to receive waste easily, yet its tapered design enables it to encroach into the floor area. Originally designed for the warehouse the racksackÕs flexible method of ÔSÕ locator fixing means it can be hung over or hooked onto any substrate. ThatÕs why the racksack has quickly established itself a place in other industrial areas such as factories, offices or anywhere where waste has become a problem. Made waterproof polyester which is very tough, the racksack can adequately withstand the rigours of an industrial environment. Three strong handles are woven into the edge of the sack, one on each side for carrying and one on the base so that they can be easily tilted from the base and emptied. There are 14 design options available, thirteen printed waste segregation options plus a Racksack with no design. Dimensions: 1000mm high x 920mm wide.Special prints are available to order and can include company names, logos and other symbols etcetera. – please contact our sales dept for further details.

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