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In recent years, personal organization coaching has become a rapidly growing field. Busy people and families, overwhelmed by all the clutter in their lives, can now hire hyper-efficient professionals to help them regain command and control.
Many eCommerce merchants could benefit from the same type of help. However, straightening up a messy home is one thing. A fulfillment center full of employees, products, and many moving parts is quite another.
Strict protocols and rigorous procedures are needed to maintain operational authority. Simply removing things that don’t spark joy isn’t relevant here. Warehouses are in a constant state of receiving, order processing, and shipping. The potential for even the slightest disorganization to grow into something extremely disruptive is very real.
Consulting eCommerce businesses on warehouse & inventory optimization is a big part of what we do at SkuNexus. Here, we’d like to discuss some helpful tips for maximizing your organization and also explain how our powerful management software can help you achieve it.
We’re not going to run through all the different things that can be done to ensure a safe warehouse environment. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has published extensive mandates and guidelines, and it is your legal responsibility to adhere to them.
The safety of your employees is paramount and goes hand-in-hand with an organized, well-run fulfillment center. Establish procedures for cleaning up spills, servicing lighting, and anything else that may help prevent a workplace accident, and do not deviate from them. Accidents will happen, but taking the steps to minimize their probability is always the best course of action.
Each eCommerce merchant may develop and apply custom models for organizing its fulfillment center, however certain best practices can provide structure for this process. The fundamental goal is maximum efficiency for both goods and employees as they make their way through the warehouse.
Everything involved in the entire fulfillment process will both inform the warehouse layout and be impacted by it. As a result, merchants must consider all aspects of their operations in order to optimize the space available.
Ultimately, just as every business is unique, so too should be every fulfillment center. The layout needs to be the result of careful thought and planning that incorporate as many different variables as possible. SkuNexus can advise you by uploading a floor plan of your warehouse. Insights can then be provided on where to lay out aisles, stations, and anything else to help you achieve maximum flow.
Descriptors are a powerful tool for maximum warehouse organization and control. Within SkuNexus, descriptors give merchants the ability to attach additional information in any way they see fit. For example:
Carts and Totes
Knowing where any given item is at all times is a sign of a disciplined warehouse. SkuNexus allows for each individual cart and tote on the warehouse floor to have its own individual I.D. and scannable barcode. WIth this system, merchants can know where inventory is as it moves between locations.
Accurate inventory information is a critical component of warehouse management and will be reflected across all eCommerce operations. It can aid in many areas, such as:
A number of tools to maintain order and optimize warehouse efficiency can be employed during the order fulfillment process.
At SkuNexus, we believe that our management software's automation features are key to maximizing inventory accuracy and warehouse organization.
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