Fuel Your Warehouse Productivity

Advice from true warehouse experts

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SUREFIRE WAYS TO FUEL WAREHOUSE If you operate a warehouse or distribution center, you know how dynamic these facilities tend to be. A lot of things happen in tandem, so processes need to be coordinated. But when it comes to making necessary improvements to streamline those processes, it may feel as though you're facing a stiff headwind if you're bogged down by inefficiencies or unmotivated employees. If that sounds familiar, it may be time to consider making some changes. Before we get into the matter of warehouse productivity, let's touch on the subject of worker safety. There's no question that manual jobs pose inherently more risk when it comes to work-related injuries. Working in a warehouse isn't easy; it's often physically taxing work. In addition, warehouses are often filled with large items being moved around using heavy machinery. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual rate of work-related injuries at warehouses and distribution centers is approximately five per 100 employees. That's far greater than the general workforce, where the number is below one injury per 100 employees. As you would expect, these injuries and illnesses cost the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity and expenses every year. And let's not forget the cost of replacing an injured or dissatisfied warehouse employee. According to various studies, the typical (median) cost of employee turnover ranges between 16 and 21 percent of the employee's annual salary. That is not only expensive; it's also disruptive to the workflow. PRODUCTIVITY

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