Be smart when labeling your warehouse

Labeling can help with warehouse organization.

Labeling can help with warehouse organization.

One critical aspect of material handling is having a good sense of where all of the inventory in your warehouse is located. In order to use material handling equipment to their full potential and keep things moving efficiently, you need to have everything properly labeled and your warehouse completely mapped out.

However, what happens if you want to make changes to your current labeling system? Modern Materials Handling reports that there are times where re-labeling all of your inventory makes sense. You just need to be smart about it so inventory doesn’t slip through the cracks. The news provider reports that labeling is one of the most critical aspects of warehouse organization, so it’s important to get it right. You need to make sure you have the right time to help with labeling. The news provider reports it can be a very labor-intensive process, so getting most of the crew familiar with the layout involved would be smart.

Manufacturing Tomorrow touts the benefits of applying labels in the warehouse. Not only does it lead to better organization, but allows for more accurate tracking and counting. If you’re able to scan each label as it comes in and out of your warehouse, you have a better idea of what inventory you’re holding onto.

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Work to attract millennial talent to material handling

Offer incentives to attract younger workers.

Offer incentives to attract younger workers.

When bringing in a younger workforce to use material handling equipment in the warehouse, it’s important to remember that with age comes certain culture and need for different managing styles. Attracting top talent is becoming more difficult due to the high demand, so it’s critical that warehouse managers are aware of what they need to do in order to properly manage.

According to Material Handling and Logistics, there are some cultural things you can do to your warehouse to help encourage millennial workers. Employees are frequently on the hunt for flexible work hours, and the news provider reports that offering incentives for workers, such as offering shortened work weeks in favor of working more hours in the day. This way, employees feel as though they have more flexibility in their schedules, but they are still being efficient when they’re working for you.

Supply Chain 24/7 reports that with skilled workers leaving in favor of retirement, it’s been more difficult to bridge the talent gaps. Because millennials care more about where they’re spending their work week, it’s important for managers to adapt their warehouses to address their needs. This can help bridge the skills gap that was left from seasoned workers.

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Manufacturing slows as workers are unable to keep up

Equipment can help keep things efficient.

Equipment can help keep things efficient.

It’s important for companies within the manufacturing space to stay as efficient as possible. Consumer demand helps drive the manufacturing space, particularly for those of raw materials that are an essential part of the supply chain. When you’re as efficient as possible, it can help weather either the lulls or surges in demand and keep you on a steady pace that doesn’t waste resources.

According to CNBC, the manufacturing index slowed for the second straight month in April, much in part due to the fact that there is a severe talent gap in the workforce and companies are unable to keep up. This is where best efficient practices come into play. Because manufacturing organizations are having a hard time meeting demands, they’re falling behind. By using equipment to increase efficiency, it can help keep the pace ahead.

You can also use material handling equipment to keep the warehouse organized. According to Manufacturing.net, using workspaces more effectively and reducing clutter can help keep things moving efficiently. This is a great way to easily find materials and inventory, as well as other working supplies employees need to do their day-to-day. Creating a map of the warehouse space can also help things run smoothly as well.

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Work to be more efficient and less reactive in your supply chain

Try to keep your operations running smoothly.

Try to keep your operations running smoothly.

When you’re pushing inventory around with your material handling equipment, are you being as efficient as possible? Material handling equipment can help you move large inventory at a quicker pace, and it’s important to be efficient so you can stay ahead of demand. This can leave for more impactful things like forecasting and strategizing the supply chain.

According to Material Handling and Logistics, having a reactive supply chain is no longer sustainable for companies. The news provider reports that more companies are creating strategic supply chain roles in an effort to better predict any risks that the supply chain might be facing. This gives companies a greater opportunity to address the problem head-on before there are issues. There has been a gradual shift away from being a reactive supply chain, since it could lead to more costs lost.

Forbes reports one of the defining factors of a successful supply chain is the ability to plan. This allows for companies to be more agile if they see a potential problem on the horizon. The news provider said that companies can’t rely on spreadsheets alone, but rather need data models and better forecasting. This can help the entire company out when the supply chain is running smoothly.

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Keep up with consumer demand in the retail space

Try to boost your productivity to meet consumer demand.

Try to boost your productivity to meet consumer demand.

In order to capture market share, manufacturers and retailers are finding themselves making boosting efficiency a priority. Material handling equipment such as dollies can help move shipments around at ease, without causing strain to workers when they’re trying to run operations throughout the warehouse.

Material Handling & Logistics reports that operations are putting a growing importance on the ability to have same-day delivery. As companies that have supply chains that are well-oiled machines continue to provide this service, they’re able to gain market share. The news provider reports that 53 percent of consumers have said that they have abandoned a purchase because the shipping turnaround time was too long. However, as companies move to address those needs, the news provider reports that consumer expectations will rise even further.

Entrepreneur reports that because people are now able to shop from their fingertips either by computer or on an app on their phone, the retail experience has seen a significant shift in how companies get market share. Because the entire experience is based on an on demand model, it makes sense that consumers would expect the delivery to be on demand as well. Retailers will just need to stay focus and make sure they’re staying as efficient as possible to deliver and keep their buyers happy.

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Material handlers struggle with warehouse inventory and needs

Material handling equipment could struggle to fit in warehouse spaces.

Material handling equipment could struggle to fit in warehouse spaces.

Dealing with warehouse needs can be difficult for companies when they’re limited by space constrictions. If they don’t have the resources to build brand new facilities for their material handling equipment, most need to use leftover warehouse space. However, many companies are finding that the available spaces aren’t meeting their needs.

According to Material Handling & Logistics, while there has been a lot of warehouse space built within the past decade, it only accounts for about 11 percent of the total space, and the rest is difficult to work with when using today’s modern material handling equipment. The news provider reports that the average age for a warehouse space to be considered completely obsolete is 34 years. The news provider reports that anything that has been built past 2008 is three times larger than anything built before that year.

Industry Week reports that companies need to be creative with their space and think about stacking. Also, where you keep inventory can play a role in how often the space frees up. The source suggests using the front end of the warehouse for fast-moving inventory, so it’s the first thing that’s replenished when new stock arrives. This will also provide more space for material handling equipment, rather than the narrow back aisles.

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Use material handling equipment to keep up with retail demand

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Dollies can help your business stay efficient

The retail industry has seen some positive strides in recent years, as consumers are becoming more comfortable with spending again. Retailers will want to stock up on Rubbermaid dollies so they are able to stay efficient in moving inventory throughout their warehouse, stockroom and storefront.

According to Material Handling & Logistics News, retail sales increased for the firs time in three months, growing by 0.6 percent during the month of March. However, the news provider also notes that the drops from December to February might be indicative over the decrease in purchases following the hurricane rebuilding efforts and the holiday shopping season rush. Analysts are suggesting that the increase is right on trend.

CNN Money suggests there are still some struggles for certain stores, which are trying to compete with stores such as Amazon and Walmart, which have been increasing their digital footprints. In an effort to stay competitive, retail managers may find themselves going to an omnichannel strategy in order to reach as many potential customers as possible. You’ll also need to stay as efficient as possible to meet consumer demand, which is where using material handling equipment can help as it allows more inventory to move at once.

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When your cleaning supplies cause the clutter, how do you condense?

Are you overloading your cart with cleaning products?

Are you overloading your cart with cleaning products?

Do you have an organizational method to your cleaning cart? When you’re trying to battle office cleanliness, you may find that you’re adding more clutter to the mix than intended. Take stock of your cleaning cart every once in a while and see what is really necessary and what is providing more clutter than it’s worth.

According to the Washington Post, it can be easy when you’re doing spring cleaning to accidentally have the cleaning products add to the clutter. Too often, companies get carried away by having too many cleaning supplies, when there are many multipurpose options that don’t take up as much room. The news provider suggests having multipurpose cleaner on hand that can be used on different surfaces, a brush, cleaning cloths, squeegees, a vacuum cleaner and other rags and sponges, it should be more than enough to keep the office clean and clutter-free.

Frequently, having a lot of chemicals could cause fumes to irritate office inhabitants, so there are other benefits for reducing the amount on the cleaning cart.

The Huffington Post reports there is also the danger of overusing certain cleaning products. For example, the news provider reports that people will often spray the surface, rather than the cloth itself, which just causes more buildup to be pushed around.

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Trying to save on energy? Look at the office fridge

Focus on the fridge to keep energy costs down.

Focus on the fridge to keep energy costs down.

Trying to keep energy costs down in your business? You may want to start with the office fridge. While bringing in a professional crew with cleaning carts on the regular can be useful for doing a deep clean of the fridge, doing a regular purge and organization tactics can help save energy the appliance is using.

The Washington Post suggests taking the brush attachment to a vacuum and cleaning the front bottom of the refrigerator as well as the condenser coils in the back. According to the source, this helps improve energy efficiency and also boosts the shelf life of the appliance. Fridges can be an expensive cost if they break, so it’s important to treat them with care and ensure that they have a long lifespan.

Green Living Ideas reports you may want to keep an eye on what’s being stored in the fridge, as uncovered liquids can actually add moisture. This leads to more frost buildup and the source reports it causes strain to the fridge’s compressor, making it work harder and use more energy to address the problem. The source also suggests having employees open and shut the door quickly in order to conserve energy in the long run.

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Keep clean to stay zen

Bringing in the cleaning cart can keep everyone stress-free.

Bringing in the cleaning cart can keep everyone stress-free.

When dust and other residue piles up in the workplace, it can be tough for employees to breathe. This is why a professional cleaning crew should come in with cleaning carts on a regular basis to make sure all surfaces are clean and bacteria-free. However, there are other benefits to doing a deep clean in the workplace.

According to the Daily Mailer, doing a deep clean can have relaxing benefits for anyone who is willing to do the dirty work. The news provider points to a recent study of participants, 71 percent of whom said that they felt relaxed after doing a deep clean. Another 57 percent said they felt accomplished when they finished the job.

The Small Business Chronicle reports there are more benefits to having a clean work environment for employees. The news provider reports that clutter can put employees at risk because they’re more likely to trip over something or slip on a spill on the floor. Additionally, the news provider points to a study that found 77 percent of employees said that clutter affected their productivity. In order to keep your workers happy and focused on the job, you may want to bring in the cleaning crew on a regular basis.

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