Warehouse Operations Management
Let our team reduce waste and improve profitability in your warehouse operations
Warehouse Operations Management requires a systematic and process driven approach to maintain order and efficiency within a warehouse or distribution centre. Well designed operational processes can improve profitability, reduce waste and facilitate improved management of variability.
Within warehouse operations management the focus for operational process improvement is on the efficiency of moving material and the utilisation of resources such as people, handling equipment and facilities. The material movements and utilisation must also be balanced to the service level requirements. All warehouse operations should look to continuously monitor and improve efficiency in order to control cost and deliver the required service.
We can help you improve your operating processes to drive efficiency
Developing efficient operating processes requires fact-based analysis combined with a pragmatic appreciation of business constraints. Whilst there are numerous different methodologies including Kaizan, Six Sigma, TQM and variations thereof, they all focus on a core approach; continuous focus on being organised, methodical and efficient.
Our warehouse consultants are technically skilled in the assessment of processes using a range of methodologies. They also bring considerable knowledge of the realities of day-to-day warehouse operations, gained through direct experience in managing logistics operations. There are many areas where our consultants can support improvement in Warehouse Operations Management, including:
The areas of warehouse operations management we can help with:
Cycle Time Reduction
Cycle time in the warehouse is the total elapsed time taken to complete a process, such as putaway of goods, order picking and pick-face replenishment.
In many warehouse operations the actual processes followed by personnel demonstrate a wide range of counterproductive and non-value add actions. Identifying and eliminating these actions is a major opportunity for service improvement and cost reduction.
Using appropriate elements from Lean and other process control methodologies, our team can map the existing processes, identify opportunities for improvement, develop recommendations and support clients with the implementation of those recommendations.
Typically the main counterproductive and non-value add actions our consultants see in the warehouse environment are:
Unauthorised batching of activities i.e. order picks which adds delay
Excessive administrative requirements for exceptions management
Lack of synchronisation between processes i.e. order pick and order pack
Poorly designed forms and procedures
Poor understanding of, and training in, WMS functionality
Limited cooperation between functions i.e. picking and loading bay
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