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Behind every successful retail brand is a solid warehouse operation. Fact. Underestimating how important your warehouse is could destroy your business.
Results from BigCommerce’s recent survey showed that 80% of respondents felt that the cost of shipping and the speed of shipping were “extremely influential” on their choice of where to shop - meaning the need for effective warehouse management has never been more important.
But what has this got to do with PVC Roll? Well, our PVC products are used widely in many warehouses and so over the years we have been in business we have built up a great knowledge base of this area of business. And now we are going to share some of our knowledge with you!
What is Warehouse Management?
Warehouse management can be defined as the act of controlling and organising everything within a warehouse environment - to ensure it runs in the most optimal way possible.
This could include tasks such as:
Now, let’s take a closer look at one of the most important warehouse management tasks:
Optimal Warehouse Layout
Making sure you have your warehouse laid out in the most optimal way is probably one of the most important steps you need to take.
To succeed at optimising your warehouse layout you should keep two things in mind:
Many businesses do this by having designated areas for the following tasks:
As you can imagine, squeezing all of these areas into a space can be tricky, especially if your warehouse is on the small side. You can make it easier for yourself though by sketching a plan out before you set up your warehouse or start moving around what you already have.
Arranging Your Warehouse Inventory
Now that your warehouse is laid out in an optimal way, how do you determine the best location to store each item of stock? Well, the most obvious thing to do is keep your best-selling items as close to the packing desk as possible. You can break down items into the following categories:
Items identified in the C category should then be stored close to your packing desk with items in the A category stored further away.
Don’t be afraid to rearrange stock on a regular basis too. After all, depending on what you are selling, your best-selling item may change frequently and so your storage solutions should change based on this.
Receiving and Managing New Stock
A critical part of warehouse management is being able to receive stock in, unpack it and store it away as efficiently as possible. After all, the faster you can get new stock into your system, the sooner you can get it on sale and earning money for you.
It is therefore important to:
This is just a brief overview of warehouse management. As you can imagine, it is a complex task with a wide variety of things to deal with on a daily basis. Getting it right, however, can be the difference between the success or failure of your business.
Here at Strip Curtains Direct, we work hard to make sure our PVC products help you to succeed in business - and that is one of the reasons we have set up our sister company worXmart. On the worXmart site, you can purchase a wide range of workplace essentials at great value for money prices.