Warehouse Bins And Worker Input
Who is the first to realize that a system isn’t working?
It’s simple. The workers who are expected to use that system to accomplish specific tasks.
In a warehouse, there needs to be a smooth-running process from the time a product comes in until it gets shipped out. There can be a lot of factors to consider in Warehouse Management but you have some on-site experts who can provide needed input on their specific part of the process. The workers who are currently trying to find things and move things and ship things out probably are your best resource for figuring out what is working well and where things really should change.
It’s true that a single worker will not see the overall picture of the entire flow of product, but their experience in doing their portion can help that overall picture focus and streamline through taking care of the snags that bottleneck function. Picking, packing, and shipping are all processes that benefit from user input, and these users are spending their working hours doing the process. It’s like getting expert advice from the people who care the most because their job depends on how well the warehouse functions.
For instance, who is going to be trying to find what’s in the bins?
Bin Management Needs To Be Flexible and Logical
Whether you assign specific merchandise to bins, or have bins assigned to merchandise, it needs to make sense to the picker. Overstock bins, secondary “pick-from” bins, or some other method, will work only if labels are clear and everyone knows what is going on. It’s a good idea to have all labels easy to read and logical in every part of your warehouse. It’s also a good idea to have only one of each specification to avoid confusion.
The more specific and logical your bin management system is for the worker, the faster those bins will be accessed for an order.
Warehouse Management Systems Also Needs To Be Flexible and Logical
ChainDrive has designed an advanced Warehouse Management System component that has been carefully planned with a lot of practical input from the people who know what is involved. Everything from receipts, hold and distribution processes, warehouse layout, and bin management is included, along with productivity reporting, workflow management, and more. Cross-dock processing, supply chain management, break-pack capability, or distribution is part of the package.
But because we design it, we can tweak it to include input from your workers and your management team so that your system becomes as efficient and profitable as it possibly can be.