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Supply Chain News: Should Companies “Standardize” their Warehouses?



Documenting Warehouse Processes is Big Effort but can Pay Dividends

Feb. 14, 2023


SCDigest Editorial Staff

Would logistics operation benefit from “standardization” of its warehouses and distribution centers?

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Is equipment within workers' reach? Are there any physical obstacles that may hamper operational efficiency?

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Probably – but it’s a big effort.

As recently discussed on a blog post by logistics staffing firm ProLogistix, standardized warehousing is an organizational method that promotes efficiency and accuracy. In a nutshell, standardized warehousing entails organizing all of a company’s warehouse inventory and mapping out every standard operating procedure in a formal, consistent way.

It also involves creating clear control measures for every conceivable outcome, especially problems, from a fork truck accident to a fire.

As a result, nothing is done in an ad hoc manner or left to chance.

Additionally, standardized warehousing systems involve documenting every step of numerous logistics processes from placing product orders to final delivery sign off.

That sounds like a lot of work. Is it worth it? What’s m
ore, many warehouse managers probably doubt the need to do all that documentation.

However, by mapping out workflow and process details, companies are likely to save time and money, ProLogistix says.

Here are some of the ways standardized warehousing can benefit shippers:

• Less time wasted drawing up employee shifts and rotations.

• Greater accuracy as every worker knows exactly what they need to do, how to do it and by when it must be done.

• Reduced product loss and, therefore, minimized re-ordering costs.

• Speedier delivery and turnaround with decreased waiting times.

• Affordable transport costs as goods can be located easily and shipped in bulk.

• Increased available floor space (which is vital with the current high industrial real estate prices).

• Easy and efficient new hire onboarding as all necessary documents are readily available.


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Ok, so how do you do it? ProLogistix offers the following recommendations:

Companies need to understand your locations within the warehouse. Where are the products stored? Where do you keep equipment? Which areas are dedicated to which activities?

• Shippers should also map out processes and fulfillment life cycles in full. At what stage of the supply is from manufacturing to delivery?

• Ascertain process ergonomics. Is equipment within workers' reach? Are there any physical obstacles that may hamper operational efficiency?

Look round – a simple web search will show many sources on how to pursue standardized warehousing.


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