6 Warehouse New Year’s Resolutions

6 Warehouse New Year’s Resolutions

When you’re thinking about what you’d like to do in 2016, here are 5 resolutions KMH can help you keep and profit from for the whole year. When it comes to your warehouse operation, since you work on it all day, every day, the New Year is a good time to look at improvements you can make.

Work Safer

Accidents happen often enough, since there are tens of thousands of these types of collisions–and serious injuries–every year. Have a plan, it should be enforced by clear rules, and by training. Accidents are costly in too many ways and are truly worth an ounce of prevention for a smooth day and year.

Analyze & Consolidate

From an order picking standpoint, if you aren’t automated, the reality is that you should look to reduce steps more than eliminating them. To do this, logical inventory slotting is critical. Can items that are often shipped together be stored together in flow storage, shelves, or racks? Can items that are very high volume be stored at the most convenient place? Can items that are required in terms of an assembly or manufacturing process be slotted beside each other in storage positions? One common method is to replace static storage with carton flow, since gravity flow uses floor space more efficiently. Be sure to plan for flexibility and scalability so you can adjust as you grow.

Consider Automation

You can leverage a tremendous amount of time savings by implementing carousels, conveyors, or other automated solutions that let people work. KMH can perform a free Operational Audit to show you ways to save by implementing simple and even dynamic conveyor and automation systems that lower your cost per unit shipped.

Increase your ROI

You can lower your operational costs by letting us help you review and understand your investment into every stick of equipment, every piece of software, and every person working in your facility. You can stop making decisions on initial purchase price, and work toward making decisions on the full cost of ownership.

Leverage Your Operational Costs

Electrical usage & pneumatics usage are going to factor heavily in your up time. Utilizing the right drives, motors, and reducers can significantly reduce cost over time. Turning off the lights is a simple “no brainer” to lowering your electric bill over the course of the year as well. Regular maintenance of heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems if you have them—including changing filters regularly—is important for good operation and to avoid wasting energy.

Upgrade To More Efficient Lighting

Lighting is typically one of the largest consumers of energy in a warehouse; accordingly, it often can represent the best opportunities for savings. KMH can help you find lighting savings by installing the most appropriate lighting technology and showing you how to control it effectively. If you are planning to install new lighting technology, our reps can perform a lighting survey and present you with all the options you need for saving and the money you will save on the change.

Call 888-564-7978 for your free operational audit so we can help you keep everyone safe.

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