It’s never too early to start optimizing your warehouse for peak season, whether that happens to be Christmas, or the back to school shopping season. Here’s a look at how you can optimize operations ahead of the rush.
You won’t know where to begin without some solid figures to work with. Measure the performance of your current operations in order to find a baseline. Answer questions like how many items your pickers retrieve per hour and how long sorting and packing takes on average. Be sure to look at how incoming orders are prioritized and how many orders tend to be shipped out per day as well. This will allow you to spot areas where time—and by extension, money—is being lost so you can get it sorted ahead of the busy season.
Carry Out an Inventory
No matter which type of inventory approach you’ve selected, it’s important to take a complete inventory before the seasonal rush hits. It’s the only way you’ll know what you have and what you need in order to optimize operations. It’s not just about missing items; it’s also about making sure inventory is right where the system says it is to cut down on wasted time during picking.
Consider a Strategy Overhaul
One area that can make or break your fulfillment process is picking. Now is the perfect time to take a look at your current picking method and make sure it really is the optimal choice for your business. Discrete picking is popular, but is also not very efficient; consider using zone, wave, or batch picking instead. This can help you increase throughput significantly and keep your customers happy as a result.
The off-peak season, especially the weeks building up to the peak season, is the ideal time to ensure everything is running as optimally as possible so you can get through the rush with as few snags as possible.
Want to optimize your operations and get ahead of the seasonal rush? Contact us with questions—we’re always happy to help!
This blog post was based off of an article by SupplyChainBrain. Read the full article here.