When a warehouse operates efficiently, clients receive their shipments on time - which means that both pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage suffered by reason of overdue best before dates or delays in deliveries can be avoided -, damage due to breaks can be reduced, and warehouse stocks remain transparent and up to date.
Efficient warehousing rationalises operation by maximising the space available while supporting the productivity efforts of the company and its employees. Ultimately, in addition to ensuring effectiveness, efficient warehousing offers considerable competitive advantage for both the client and the service provider by virtue of quick and accurate deliveries, and customer satisfaction constitutes principal that lays the foundations for long-term profitability. Proficient storage of goods and modern material movement is assisted not only by professional palette and silo systems, conveyors, manual or wheeled hauling equipment but also by various indoor and outdoor work equipment, which make work flows faster and more precise by providing lifting for goods and personnel, giving direct support to logistics.
Enhancing the efficiency of warehousing
To quote a classic, the only constant in life is change. A company, business or corporation that fails to invest into logistics development, believing everything works just perfectly, has likely not recognised this universal equation.
There is always a way to improve performance, whether by:
- Integration of enterprise resource planning software,
- Provision of further training to employees,
- Rationalisation of the available space, for instance, by planning and implementing vertical expansion,
- Investment into new, more efficient work equipment and storage systems (by purchasing or renting new or used equipment).
- Taking out warehouse stock insurance,
- Regular servicing, maintenance of the equipment fleet, including the IT hardware and software network in addition to work equipment.
Maximisation/rationalisation of the available space
The basis of a warehouse’s smooth operation is the maximum utilisation of the available space.
Good warehouse design deals with frequent challenges to operation such as:
- Receiving shipments,
- Seeking out “lost” stocks,
- Making storage practices safer, and
- shortening the time required for identifying the goods.
These challenges are easy to address by designing uniform storage and identification systems and by installing stocks accordingly. Such methods include vertical expansion, and the use of bar code-based and RFID-based stock identification systems.
An efficient warehouse needs to follow an arrangement based on sales volume, which requires:
- a warehouse control system,
- a warehouse management system,
- asset management,
- complex administration and warehouse system software.
How does the integration of enterprise resource planning software with warehouse control software make warehousing effective and efficient?
The software supports the entire process of warehousing:
- Receiving of goods
- Storing in
- Order picking
- Inventory and stocks
- Based on the order reports of the warehouse control system, the management team can identify the goods that are most in demand.
- This way, they can be placed on palette and silo/shelving systems capable of RFID identification close to the receiving and shipping areas.
- This simple solution allows for easy identification of the location of the goods without extensive searches, followed by the picking, packaging and shipping of the goods, with considerable time saved.
Therefore, designing a uniform storage system is crucial to efficiency, and this is where professional indoor and outdoor work equipment supports not only efficiency but safety as well.
Safe movement and transport of warehouse stocks using work equipment
The times when warehouse operators balancing giant packages on top of tall ladders literally risked their lives while doing their work are behind us. That is, at least as far as a modern company keeping up with logistics innovation is concerned. One criterion of the safe storage of goods is that goods can be accessed easily, simply and safely, in their place that can be identified clearly.
This is ensured by indoor and outdoor work equipment:
- The various forklifts, manually operated lifting equipment and electric personnel lifting equipment allow for the safe and quick transport of the goods while eliminating damage to the health of warehouse workers.
- Another added value is that certain pieces of equipment have special wheels that leave no traces, so they can be used on the sales floor as well.
Naturally, this can be achieved only if the following are available:
- A staff with equipment operator knowledge: According to legislation in force, the operation of hauling equipment, personnel lifting equipment, scissor lifts - such as the Genie 4047 -, work platforms - such as the Genie 2046 - is subject to completing lifting equipment training as classified in the National Register of Training Courses, and earning an equipment operator licence issued by the National Traffic Authority, which records the exams passed for operating the various types of equipment.
- A verifiable, reliable and absolutely professional equipment fleet – such as Genie, JLG, Manitou, Still – that may be purchased or rented.
The software methods that are independent from the warehouse storage capacity, and the further training of employees offer increased performance, diversity and safety in the market of material movement, while hauling and personnel movement equipment that merges robustness with ease of use optimise logistics and warehousing operations.