The warehouse layout may be a legacy that is experiencing diminishing efficeincies or simply that it is required to achieve greater capacity and or throughput. Warehouse enhancement might simply be a project to reduce costs and raise service levels. Whatever the requirements we can advise on a host of inititaives for the short term to the longer term planning to improve warehouse efficiency.
Is your warehouse, distribution centre or fulfilment operation currently providing the capabilities and the service that your business needs? Your warehouse layout may be a legacy that is experiencing diminishing efficiencies or simply that it is required to achieve greater capacity and or throughput. Warehouse enhancement might simply be a project to reduce costs and raise service levels. Whatever the requirements you have, we can advise on a host of initiatives for the short term to the longer term planning to improve warehouse efficiency.
What Does It Mean To Re-Engineer A Warehouse And What Does It Entail?
Re-engineering is the process of changing your current operation and set up to meet your current or future needs and business objectives. It usually starts with a need being identified –e.g. to increase storage capacity, improve productivity, reduce costs. However the scope and ramifications will vary.
Taking for example storage; from one end of the spectrum it may be a relatively straightforward matter of optimising your storage cube by reformatting your ABC’s, improving pick and replenishment processes and addressing the suitability of the storage media currently used. At the other end, you may need to increase storage density to increase stock capacity, requiring a strip out of part or all of your storage and replacement with more appropriate storage systems.
Re-engineering a facility is almost always cheaper than moving, provided what you require can be done. Don’t forget that physical changes are only one element, operational processes and IT systems are others, as are elements that are impacted or are affected by the warehouse operation such as purchasing and sales. If you think you have the need to Re-Engineer your facility you will need to ask yourself the following questions:
- Can physical changes be made to the facility?
- Can the facility be extended?
- What impact will growth have on operational life left in the warehouse?
- Is there opportunity to physically reformat the warehouse?
- Is the storage media still fit for purpose?
- Does the type and layout of media meet future requirements?
- Is the space and height used – is there efficient use of the cube?
- Are you achieving industry standard KPI's?
- Do you need to accommodate new customers?
- Is there a requirement for increased picking?
- Introduce a packing operation to support e-commerce?
- Do you have the right storage media for the application?
- Is the storage layout optimised?
- Is it flexible and cater for growth?
- Are you getting efficient utilisation?
- Does the warehouse flow without constraints?
- Are materials straightforward and optimised?
- Are your SKU's correctly allocated?
- Are your product flows minimalised?
- Are you experiencing congestion areas?
- Want to reduce costs?
- Minimise risks
- Introduce Best Practice
- Improve Productivity
- Optimise Space and Resource Utilisation
- Is the warehouse meeting KPI's?
- Benchmark against industry standards
- Are you meeting orders?
- Are you being forced to double handle or search for items
- Do you have the right resource allocation?
If you know the questions you would like answers to, invite a fresh pair of eyes to look at your facility. LPC can tell you what you can achieve, and in a live operating environment how it can be done.