Warehouse employees spend a significant part of their day retrieving products from shelves and transporting goods from one area of the warehouse to another. This process often involves the use of forklifts, mobile ladders and other special equipment needed to retrieve heavy items or products stored on high shelves. The presence of clutter can interfere with the proper use of these devices, creating challenging and hazardous safety conditions for employees. By ensuring that the warehouse floor is free of products and debris, the risk of employee injury is reduced.
In addition to having a positive impact on employee satisfaction, a well-illuminated, climate-controlled warehouse can impact production processes. For instance, a well-lit warehouse facilitates the picking process by allowing employees to quickly and easily scan inventory to gather the proper products. And an air-conditioned facility helps promote employee health by reducing the possibility of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and lethargy among employees.
Efficiency and accuracy can be greatly improved by implementing a well-organized inventory management system. This process begins with the clear coding or labeling of products in a standardized fashion and ends with the ability of staff to promptly locate and retrieve a requested product. By increasing the ease and speed with which a warehouse employee can retrieve an item, the entire order fulfillment process is expedited. Additionally, the potential for picking errors is reducedbecause the inventory management system directs employees to the proper storage area for a particular product.