Whenever a customer asks for a specific product that isn’t on your floor, you check the inventory in the warehouse. Whenever you need to replenish the goods displayed on the store floor, you alert the warehouse. Whenever a customer orders something from your online store, chances are, you have the item in a warehouse.
The warehouse is the foundation of your inventory. Business flows more smoothly if the warehouse is not a big mess of products scattered all around or stacked on top of each other wherever there’s room. To protect your business from delays and possible losses to employee theft, organise your warehouse. Here’s how.
Use Shelving & Pallets
Shelving is effective for smaller items or boxes. For those that can’t fit on your shelves use pallets. Items like sacks of fertiliser or rice are usually stacked on pallets because they are too bulky and heavy to be on shelves. Contact pallet racking suppliers as needed. For small items, even gondola shelving may work.
Label Your Boxes
You don’t want to be opening box after box when you’re looking for one item. The simplest way to avoid this is to label the boxes with big stickers. If you can’t read the label on the box on the top shelf, it’s not big enough. To make things even easier, have pictures taken of the items, print them, then post them on the boxes.
Put Similar Items Together
There are several brands and types of dog food, for example. Sort them according to kind and brand, and place them next to each other. This is the simplest way to remember where you’ll find specific items.
This saves more floor space in your warehouse. It may also make it easier to get items when you need them. The items that sell fast should be stacked closer to the door leading to your shop floor. Seldom bought items, seasonal merchandise and those scheduled for return or pickup should be placed closer to the loading dock.
Do Not Use the Aisles
Many warehouses are guilty of using the aisles. This makes it harder to access what you need, especially if you need a forklift. It also makes your warehouse more prone to accidents.
Make finding, taking and stacking items in your warehouse easier. Use these steps to organise everything.