However, when was the last time you seriously organized your warehouse inventory? These six organizational tactics can help increase productivity and keep your products organized.
Implement a labeling system
When sorting through your inventory, it’s critical to label everything. This will ensure that you can easily track and store all of your products. Label your inventory with a SKU (stock-keeping unit) number, along with the type of product and a short description. This way, when you’re searching for a certain product, you can look according to labels instead of just guessing.
Install shelving units
You can create aisles throughout the warehouse by implementing standing shelves. Also, take advantage of the vertical space within your warehouse by installing shelving units on the walls. For easier access, label each level of your shelving unit. This will allow you to organize products within the same category by shelf.
Stack items vertically
When possible, stack boxes and products neatly on top of one another. Stacking items vertically will save space in the warehouse and it look much neater too. Keeping like products together and organized will make for an orderly warehouse to boot.
Keep aisles clear
Not only is it important for warehouse safety, but keeping aisles clear will help you find what you need easier. Better yet, assign someone to keep aisles clear. At any time of day, your employees should be able to walk through the warehouse without running into obstacles along the way.
Throw away trash
One way to keep aisles clear is by eliminating trash. Start by purging all of the trash that sits in your warehouse. This includes empty boxes, packing tape and any leftover cardboard. Be realistic and throw away any items that no longer serve a purpose in your warehouse.
Hang signs in aisles
Managing a warehouse can seem overwhelming at times. Hanging signs at the ends of the aisles can be very helpful. In fact, it’s a great organizational tactic and can keep your warehouse neat and orderly. For example, storing products relating to a specific category in a predetermined aisle will make it easier for employees in your warehouse to remember where items are located.