The Argument for Good Warehousekeeping

Advice from true warehouse experts

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● ● ● The Argument for If a prospective customer turned up at your warehouse unexpectedly, would you be embarrassed by the state of your facility, or would it pass muster at the spot inspection? The truth is that disorganized warehouses are bad for business. It's easy to imagine how bad warehousekeeping practices reduce productivity and cost the distribution industry billions of dollars annually. Warehouse Denial One of PathGuide's clients recently confided that he had been in denial about his warehouse. Jeff Greenberg, director of operations at Rawson, knew that there was some room for improvement, but when he inspected a couple of warehouses equipped with PathGuide's Latitude WMS, he came away with some skepticism. Why? Because he equated chaos with productivity. "The warehouses we visited were so quiet and orderly that we just thought the staff weren't being productive. We didn't know any better," he said. That's probably the biggest obstacle to making improvements; realizing that our warehouse environments could be a lot better. There are many ways that a warehouse or distribution center benefits from keeping its facilities organized and clean. Let's compare two fictional warehouses to describe exactly how. On the one hand, we have a warehouse in a state of constant disarray. We've all seen this scenario. YouTube videos (like this) show how much damage can be done from poor warehousekeeping and general lack of appropriate training and safety standards. On the flip side, we have a warehouse where keeping aisles clear and inventory organized is a priority. Does it take extra work to be neat and tidy? In the short- term, yes. But the long-term benefits absolutely make the effort worthwhile. Good Warehousekeeping

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