5 Signs It’s Time to Change Warehouses
Are you on the fence about your warehouse? Do constant errors and excuses make the hair on your arm stand up? Do you continue to have issues with your warehouse distribution? Sometimes a warehouse’s processes and tools are not efficient enough.
What are the signs of the difference between an efficient process with unorthodox practices and a nightmare waiting to happen? Here are some telltale signs of a bad warehouse.
1.Post-it Notes Label Your Merchandise
The number one key to a successful warehouse is easy to read labeling. Using Post-it notes means written labels that may not always be legible. Post-its fall off our desktop corners after a while. Imagine the dangers of a dusty warehouse atmosphere to the already fragile adhesive! Then what do you do when the labels fall off? We suggest using a print-out labeling system with a custom product ID or SKU.
2. Your Barcode Equipment is from the Jurassic Period
Some warehouses use ancient equipment that still relies upon a cassette for memory storage. (Where do they even get cassettes?!) Obviously these tapes are prone to damage and require relying upon ancient equipment for playback as well. If a tape goes missing or gets tangled, you don’t stand a chance.
Upgrading to a used system that is a few years old doesn’t have to break the bank and will offer a better backup system. As a rule of thumb, try not to use equipment a modern teenager has never seen before.
3. Cross Docking Means Crossing the Street
Some warehouses have a main storage area with backup storage across the street. Imagine taking a pallet of merchandise in a forklift and having to pass over a city road! This may function for rare exceptions, but routine trips shouldn’t be made. Crossing a road means increasing the risk for accidents. If the forklift is in an accident, the operator may be seriously injured, and all your merchandise will be strewn across the road.
4. They Don’t Perform Regular Physical Inventories
We aren’t saying you need to do a physical inventory every month, but periodic inventories and cycle counts uncover surprises that wouldn’t be noticed quickly otherwise. Sometimes, people get sloppy and enter numbers wrong. Sometimes things fall and aren’t found for a while. Complete an inventory at least once every year to keep your numbers accurate and your space optimized.
5. Old Pallets Are Stacked Sky High Inside
A giant stack of pallets isn’t very stable and could fall and cause a tragic accident. Also, the stacks take up valuable space and may hinder movement within the warehouse. (Again, you don’t want to hit that with a forklift.)
There are many ways to take care of an excess of palletes. For instance, sell them to the community around you. Online DIY culture has created lots of choices of ways to use and dispose of old pallets and would love to take them off your hands.
We promise to always provide the best experience with our Indianapolis and Los Angeles warehousing services. Check us out for a peace of mind that these and other bad warehousing practices won’t interrupt your supply chain.