Tips On How To Improve Warehouse Order Picking And To Reduce Your Costs

Tips On How To Improve Warehouse Order Picking And To Reduce Your Costs

Order picking plays an important role in dictating how productive a given supply chain is as well as can have a great affect over a company’s profits. Though outfitting a warehouse operation for success can take some work, but it is well worth doing if you want the safest, most efficient, and most profitable work environment possible. To step up efficiency and to reduce operating costs, we advise on a number of different techniques that can be used to improve throughout, increase pick rates and pick accuracy, and better space utilization.

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Improve Warehouse Order Picking And Reduce Costs

Techniques To Reduce Costs

There are a number of different techniques that can be used to reduce operating costs such as to reduce the distance travelled between picks, reduce the bending and reaching required by the pick. Some of the other factors that can be considered when choosing the right material handling solution include maintenance requirements, any additional system-related components, ease of assembly and installation, reliability and durability, training requirements, and the daily operating cost of the material handling system.

Return-On-Investment Analysis

What sometimes goes overlooked as well as the warehouse design, ensuring that it passes both a payback period analysis and a return-on-investment analysis. The most effective solution for any warehouse operation will be a system with the shortest payback period possible though they do vary in size and scope. Also, a return-on-investment analysis will assist in determining the benefits provided over the lifetime of a purchase, determined by dividing the net benefits of the purchase by the total cost of the operation.

Popular Ways To Improve Warehouse Order Picking

Some of the more popular ways to improve warehouse order picking include using carton flow racks to reduce working distances needed to pick an order by as much as 40 percent; using carousels which are best suited for small piece picking as replenishment can be a major issue; picking to light and/or headsets to improve order accuracy dramatically; to use order pick towers to reduce pick space ad face; and to use a Kiva system to bring the entire shelf unit to the picker via guided robots. Some of these are more affordable than others and no doubt, some of these are simply not appropriate for your warehouse.

Guarantee The Best Performance

Doing more with less in a warehouse order picking operation can be a challenge but in the face of a flat or declining growth rate, the pressure is on to get costs down and to protect your margins. No matter where you are in the warehouse, there is pressure to perform. To guarantee the best performance, you need to provide these workers with the resources they need to provide the best performance.

Improve Efficiency

If you are looking to improve the efficiency of your warehouse order picking, we would be happy to speak with you. We have been assisting businesses throughout the GTA and Toronto in designing, supplying, and installing high density and highly productive warehouses. We would be happy to provide you with an on-site consultation analyzing your unique needs and to provide you with recommendations that are affordable and appropriate for your business.

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