Some businesses may prefer to utilize new workers in the shipping and receiving area, although they might be better served to assign pros to handle these difficult tasks. Experienced people who really know and understand the products seldom mix objects that are similar in appearance but are quite different and they truly know how to stock shelves and bins properly and thus, work much more effectively.
It is a great idea if you have new employees to start them out by filling orders. This provides them with a terrific chance to know the products, paperwork and customers along with any electronic inventory system which may take some getting used to. Additionally, it is really easy to check their efficiency by going over their work orders when they are packed for delivery.
Because you do not want to have lots of trucks arriving at the same time, the next step is to plan truck arrival. By scheduling arrivals and being organized, you will eliminate too much waiting time in the yard and also eliminate pressure on shippers and receivers. The more efficiently you could schedule the arrival of your trucks, the fewer dock doors you will have to work that would save you money on utilities in the long run.
If you can, operate different shifts for shipping and receiving. One method is to receive products in one shift and separate the shipped items to another shift. Organizing yourself in this way can enable you to reduce the staging area requirements by 50%. You might also be able to get rid of time-wasting bottlenecks in the warehouse. Moreover, by separating your shipping and receiving, you would know which shift to look over if any discrepancies happen down the road and could keep track of orders more efficiently.
If the process of unloading is sped up, this will tremendously help you out because the unloaded truck can congest your yard. According to research, about 60% of mass merchants could unload trucks in less than 60 minutes, whilst around 20 to 30% of the grocery industry performs at a similar standard. Take time to observe and time operations to be able to see how your facility measures up overall.
Maintain your floors because any defects in the floor's surface can cause a forklift operator to slow down or take a detour. The uneven floors could really decrease productivity. Potholes or deteriorating floor section seams or uneven floors also result in vehicle damage and wheel wear. In certain cases, really damaged floors can cause loads tipping and product damage.