Warehouse Managers: Spring Cleaning Your Warehouse
An organized and efficient warehouse is a more profitable warehouse. Springtime is the best time of the year to do some cleaning and an excellent time to start getting your warehouse organized, too. A warehouse facility can easily get cluttered during the winter months. Now that spring is here, try these easy steps to help you get started with your warehouse spring cleaning and organizing project.
Design a simple plan and stick to it
The first step is to study the warehouse workflow. Analyze how time and energy are utilized in the processes involved in the daily operations, and how a spring cleaning project will affect them. Be sure that your workers are aware of the plan so that they remain organized as they work. Avoid cutting corners and ensure that everyone follows the plan you put in place.
Purge everything that’s no longer working or useful
Be ready to throw away anything that’s no longer useful in your warehouse. This means getting rid of papers and documents that are no longer important. Throw away all garbage and debris generated by daily activities and operations. Utilize receptacles in the problem areas for future organization. A clean space is a safe space. Throw out all of the distractions that could be blocking your daily success.
Increase warehouse efficiency by keeping your paths clear
Springtime is not the only reason to start warehouse cleaning initiatives, it is also an excellent way to increase your warehouse efficiency. One of the most important things a warehouse manager does is plan warehouse reorganizations. This means making the navigation of your warehouse as easy as possible. Keeping the paths clear is one step that could help make it happen. Think about the things that hinder employee success. Then come up with the best solutions to these obstacles. Perhaps there is a need to invest in new storage systems that will help maximize vertical space instead of floor space. Also, consider investing in new technology or automated solutions to increase the efficiency of your workers.
Minimize operational impact
A spring cleaning project will affect operations in one way or another. However, the goal is to keep the impact as low as possible. Cleaning a warehouse is difficult, and may interrupt the hustle and bustle of a normal workday. Try to organize the schedule in such a way that your cleaning efforts won’t get in the way of your workers. Perform cleaning projects during a date and time when staff levels are reduced. When hiring a third party cleaning company, have them clean when the warehouse is less populated or empty.
Set goals and deadlines
Cleaning an entire warehouse facility can be overwhelming when goals are not established. It’s important that you create a plan. The plan should include the cleaning projects per section. Set timeframes and due dates to ensure that it doesn’t create a significant impact on operations and the business as a whole.
Revisit your machines and equipment
Spring cleaning isn’t only a time for reorganizing, de-cluttering and getting rid of garbage, it is also a perfect time to check the condition of any equipment and make sure that they are in working condition. Perform inspections to determine if anything is in need of repair or a tune-up. Check storage systems, pallet racks and conveyors to make sure everything is still working smoothly. Doing this will help you prevent costly repairs and replacements down the line.
If you haven’t done your warehouse cleaning project yet, now is the best time to start!
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