Troubleshooting Warehouse Problems
This is a good time of year to look at what is happening in your warehouse and troubleshoot before things get worse. Warehouse management sometimes gets so busy dealing with the immediate that the urgent gets pushed to the side until it becomes an emergency. Here are some examples:
- Using temporary measures too long. For instance, putting fast labels on racks without realizing that the adhesive isn’t right for the job. This results in labels falling off later and that’s not good. The solution would be doing some research and using the right adhesives for the application. Fixing it now might seem like a waste of time but investing in what works makes that fix an investment in the future.
- Using one single style of storage can cause problems in a warehouse. Evaluating the efficiency of legacy systems and building flexibility into the warehouse means that various types of SKUs and velocities are dealt with appropriately.
- Ignoring the potential of vertical storage solutions. Overhead space in a warehouse can be utilized for small parts that otherwise may end up on the wrong shelf or the floor.
- Implementing strategies and policies without proper training. If employees are trying to learn the new system on the job, there will be errors. Investing time in training and refresher sessions keeps the technologies and systems running the way they should.
- Outdated equipment keeps a warehouse from running effectively. If new machines are out of the question, consider leasing or used equipment so that things keep moving safely and quickly.
- Inventory blind spots are caused by inefficient inventory systems. The best inventory software is accurate in real time, automatically reorders at set points, and is easy to use. If there is difficulty in managing inventory, things get lost.
- No routine cleaning and organization. When cleaning and organization are not on the schedule, the system gets bogged down and safety is compromised as well.
- Ignoring safety measures eventually leads to multiple problems. Maintaining safety equipment and the training to use it properly can be a matter of life or death in a warehouse environment. Pushing safety to the end of the priority list is guaranteeing a potential emergency.
Productivity and efficiency increase when you troubleshoot early. ChainDrive’s professional warehouse management software equips you to identify trouble spots and resolve potential problems before they get overwhelming.