Ten tips on setting up a warehouse in 2014, by Snapfulfil
By warehouse management system provider Snapfulfil
Moving to a new premises is a wonderful opportunity to improve the efficiency of your warehouse operation. Obviously if the warehouse is a new, purpose built one, then you can design it to your exact specifications. However even if this is not the case and you inherit an existing warehouse, there are still key things you can implement to achieve the most effective and efficient distribution centre possible.
Well executed storage, receiving and shipping improves efficiency and by doing so makes the company more profitable . At the same time warehouse staff, who are your most important asset, will be more highly motivated if they can locate products / stock easily, are working in a safe environment and generally feel that their welfare is valued and recognized. Here are some basic guidelines when designing a new warehouse –
1)Your floor plan layout needless to say should incorporate areas for receiving,despatch / shipping and storage. Do not overlook your biggest asset, the warehouse staff – allocate a recreational area with a comfy furnishings ( not too comfortable! ), a small fridge and a coffee / tea maker.
3) Create a separate storage area or storeroom for items that are regularly used such as cartons, boxes, packing filler or packing tape.
4) Ensure the area around the loading dock or bay is unobstructed and free of racking and shelving. It’s important that there is plenty of space around the loading bay / dock for forklift trucks and warehouse staff to operate unimpeded.
5) Allocate clearly defined, separate areas for shipping and receiving. Make sure there are expansive work surfaces in these areas.
6) Allocate office space that is a self-contained area within the warehouse
7) Make sure warning and safety signs and notices are in the correct places, in compliance with the health and safety regulations.
8) Make sure there are skips in close proximity to the warehouse so that trash doesn't clutter the workspace.
9) Provide mats in areas where employees are standing in one place for long periods of time i.e. packing stations.
10) If you are employing five or more warehouse operatives, consider installing warehouse management system software. It will streamline and speed up all areas of warehouse life, making the receiving, picking, packing and despatch processes much more efficient and thereby improving company profits and making worklife much easier for the warehouse operatives. It will also lead to greater transparency and accuracy, thereby reducing waste and returned orders.
Investigate a “No Capex” Software as a Service ( SaaS ) warehouse management system, whereby there are no upfront costs and the managed service payments are made on a monthly basis, but only once the warehouse management system goes live. This will help the company cashflow and ensure that warehouse staff have system support 24/7.
If you require any further information on a No Capex SaaS WMS, please e-mail: [email protected]
UK Food Supply Chain to be Exempt from COVID-19 Isolation
Vital workers in the UK’s food supply chain will be exempt from isolating after contact with COVID-19 under new emergency measures announced by the British government.
More than 10,000 people working in supermarket distribution centres, manufacturing plants and other food logistics services will be affected by the initiative. Staff who are told to isolate by test and trace or are notified by an official app will be allowed to continue working as long as they test negative.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the scheme would undergo a limited trial this week after consultation with the country's biggest food retailers. It plans to extend the measures through a wider roll out next week, impacting around 500 sites dedicated to stocking supermarkets and producing staple foods such as bread and milk.
“Food businesses across the country have been the hidden heroes of the pandemic,” said Environment Secretary George Eustice. "We are working closely with industry to allow staff to go about their essential work safely with daily testing.”
Speaking to Sky News, Eustice added that the exception would not be extended to other sectors.
"The reason we have made a special exception for food is for very obvious reasons,” he said. "We need to make sure that we maintain our food supply. We will never take risks with our food supply."
UK Supply Chains Under Strain
The news follows reports of empty shelves and widespread shortages in British supermarkets after a record number of people were told to isolate via the NHS app. Branded the ‘pingdemic’, more than 600,000 alerts were sent out to phones and mobile devices in the week beginning 8 July, warning people that they had come into contact with those infected by the virus.
It left already strained food supply chains under staffed and unable to cope. The mass alert has also caused disruption in other supply chains, exacerbating a prevailing shortage of drivers and other essential logistics professionals.
Savid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who was appointed last month following the departure of MP Matt Hancock, said: “As we manage this virus and do everything we can to break chains of transmission, daily contact testing of workers in this vital sector will help to minimise the disruption caused by rising cases in the coming weeks, while ensuring workers are not put at risk.”