The production floor is where your products come to life, but the heart of any manufacturing operation is the warehouse. This is where the lifeblood of your business flows, and any inefficiency that exists there can lead to serious problems.
When components and products can’t move in or out of the facility easily, it could create confusion, delay and waste. This is why your warehouses need to be optimized and as organized as possible. Unfortunately, many manufacturers and managers believe their operations are in good shape when nothing could be further from the truth. This is due to some extremely common organizational mistakes that they don’t know they’re making. To help ensure their supply chain is free from weak links, it’s crucial to know what these are and be on the lookout for them.
For example, one of the biggest blunders companies make is neglecting to automate as much as they can. Decision-makers may believe that it’s too expensive to invest in automated equipment and software to assist in the fulfillment process. However, the initial cost is more than made up for by the reduction in mistakes and labor expenses that automation brings.
Warehouse managers can make life difficult for themselves and their employees without even knowing it. For more examples, see the infographic below.