It’s good news if a business increases its sales, but it also causes pressure to improve the systems of receiving orders, picking goods, dispatching and ordering. If the business takes orders online, customers will expect these processes to be fast and all items to be in stock. Lean warehouse management aims to make this happen.
There are four main improvements that lean management can help to achieve:
1. Reducing the handling time from receiving to picking, shipping and ordering low-stock items.
2. Making sure that all data and supply chain information is accurate.
3. Reducing truck and container loading and unloading times.
4. Increasing flexibility to respond to changing market conditions,
There are several ways that lean warehouse management achieves these goals, but it starts with the layout of the warehouse. Using efficient warehouse shelving systems can reduce the time spent picking and packing by up to 25%, and Greenoaks can help design and organise an efficient warehouse system for your company.
Forecasting demand means that stock levels can be reduced. Having just the right amount of stock to keep up with current market demand makes a warehouse need less stock and perform more efficiently.
Sensible pallet racking helps, as does efficient packing of cartons by minimising wasted space, reducing the number of cartons required and cutting transport costs. Remember too that ordering systems and inventory management systems need to be integrated and work together for maximum efficiency.
Lean warehouse management cuts down waste and creates systems that use time and resources wisely. The process starts with analysing the whole warehouse system to come up with simple but efficient solutions.