Boost Your Warehouse Productivity

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PathGuide Technologies ● 22745 29 th Drive SE, Suite #150, Bothell, WA 98021 ● www.pathguide.com ● clientservices@pathguide.com Maintain a well-kept warehouse Worker incentives Fair standards Training Investment EMPHASIS ON MAINTAINING A WELL-KEPT WAREHOUSE The way the warehouse looks says a lot about how much you value it and the employees who work there. For employees exposed to neglected warehouse facilities – whether that means disorganization, dust, clutter, dim lighting, or any other combination of qualities that ultimately indicate poor housekeeping practices – it can start to feel like management has failed to consider, much less prioritize, the level of wellness they experience in their daily work environment. In areas where temperature extremes, humidity and dust are particularly prevalent, it is even more important to keep the safety and comfort of your employees in mind by maintaining a more organized, well-ventilated (or heated) warehouse. Moreover, there is often a hidden cost to a messy warehouse, as they almost always affect productivity and inventory control. One of the easiest ways to make an improvement is to examine your traffic patterns. How are items picked and put away, and how is stock replenished? How well are you utilizing vertical space? Once you complete a traffic analysis, group products based on the frequency they are touched, creating efficiencies in how products flow in and out of the warehouse. WORKER INCENTIVES If you consider employee turnover a cost of doing business and are not using pay incentives in your warehouse, you might want to reconsider. The costs of turnover are high, with some estimates pegging it to be as much as $10,000 per employee to cover , training and ramp-up; this amount doesn't include recruiting costs. Or perhaps you are a proponent of teamwork, believing that individual rewards are not necessary. While it is true that most managers espouse teamwork, individual rewards can often serve as more of a motivation for employees. You can design and communicate these incentives in many ways, such as rewards for least picking errors, the most picks per hour, most on-time shipments, even safety records. Really, any metric tied to customer satisfaction or employee fulfillment can deliver a measurable ROI for your business. Bottom line: identify and recognize your top performers, then set benchmarks based on the high standards those individuals have demonstrated. This will serve as both a motivation and encourage continual performance improvement.

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