Major Obstacles in Warehouse Management

Warehouse managers will confront several obstacles, but as new technologies emerge, they can meet them head-on.

FREMONT, CA: Managers in the warehouse industry face a variety of challenges, from accidents and human error to labor and redundant processes that cost time and money. 

You can overcome these challenges by using technologies such as automation, asset tagging, warehouse management systems, and more. 

Efficient automation to WMS enhancing picking optimization and warehouse architecture, they can overcome these obstacles with complete visibility and control over all processes. The technology allows pickers to view the status of incoming to determine when demand may increase.

Warehouse design: A poorly planned warehouse layout is one of the numerous causes of warehouse accidents. When warehouse layout and supply flow are optimized, managers and employees have greater visibility over where items are going and coming from, decreasing the likelihood of accidents resulting from traffic or incorrectly kept materials or products. Using modular thinking, in which standard functions may get converted as adjustable modules for repeated use, they can implement new technologies such as automation to optimize the warehouse.

Inventory precision: With customers' and clients' demands rising, inventory tracking is becoming more vital to warehouse management, as it reduces the margin for human mistakes. Physical checks to remedy faults result in delayed shipments and waste even more time and money than failed deliveries. Using inventory tracking, asset tagging with RFID system and warehouse automation may improve the accuracy of your inventory management and reduce the likelihood of costly and downtime-inducing errors.

Picking optimization: The majority of warehouse management issues arise during selection. Walking and physically picking orders can account for more than fifty percent of the time spent picking. Errors that cost time and money will interrupt inventory control systems when operations get completed in a hurry. Effective choosing will reduce the time wasted by personnel and increase your productivity. By automatically producing picking lists and presenting the available inventory in real-time, a warehouse management system (WMS) will increase picking optimization.

Price optimization: Tracking picking indicators such as time to ship, total units to storage, picking accuracy, warehouse capacity, and inventory turnover can improve processes. With these metrics in place, management can determine which regions work better than others and which stages require additional improvement.

Labor costs: Many warehouse managers must balance increasing production and minimizing labor expenditures. Utilizing costly equipment and vast labor groups, including cleaners, packers, supervisors, and administrators, has become a more significant concern due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the influence of social distancing, and the vulnerability of staff employees. It can do repetitive manual operations utilizing automated technologies, allowing people to focus on more essential, strategic duties.

Redundant processes: Some actions, such as sorting, may need to be revised, resulting in a rise in labor costs and wasted time, as most warehouses undertake numerous operations in various workflows simultaneously. By eliminating redundant or obsolete procedures, automation can make a process more agile and increase its speed, thereby enhancing the customer experience and lowering costs.

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