Christmas is just around the corner, and aside from Santa’s workshop, your warehouse is probably the busiest place on earth. So, if your warehouse is feeling the strain of seasonal business with year-end increases, we have the information you need to optimise your warehouse operations.
1. REVIEW LAYOUT:
Optimise your warehouse by conducting a review of the layout
Each area of your warehouse will be strained by increased demand over the Christmas period. Receiving, Inventory and Shipping are all primary areas that need auditing. Jeff Howard, from Material, Handling and Logistics, states that it is essential to re-evaluate the organisation, storage and space of each sector. You can accommodate for extra product traffic by setting up an extra packing station. Or, you can improve efficiency by moving your highest-selling product to a more convenient location.
2. REVIEW MATERIAL FLOW:
Enhance efficiency by auditing the flow of materials through your facility
Material flow is equally important and should also undergo a review, so you can analyse product movement in your facility. You want to minimise the unnecessary steps that may lead to your products having increased, avoidable touches by your staff. Not only because products can harbour and pass on germs, but because it also reduces the threat of costly accidents. Therefore, you can save both money and time whilst increasing your overall productivity!
Improve the organisation of your facility by performing an inventory check
Before and after the barrage of Christmas orders it is vital you perform an inventory check, so you can start and end the season with an accurate count of all your stock. It’s Christmas, and accidental shipments are more than likely to happen, but by keeping an eye on the ball you will be able to fully assess and remedy any accidents.
A strict cleaning regimen is vital for an optimised warehouse over the Christmas period
With increased product traffic and all your staff working relentlessly to meet demand, dirt and debris can end up littering your facility. This not only impacts productivity, but also the safety and health of your workforce, potentially damaging products too. So, it is imperative that you maintain your cleaning schedule in addition to any necessary impromptu cleaning.
If you need more information about cleaning regimens, Envirobridge gives advice on how to maintain standards of cleanliness after their one-off blitz cleans. Or, if you have the know-how but lack effective cleaning products, Envirobridge makes and supplies top-of-the-range cleaning products that are environmentally neutral.
optimise your warehouse by Making sure your equipment undergoes maintenance checks
It’s often typical that when you need something most it breaks. So, get ahead of the curve and make sure that all your equipment is well-tended to before and during the busy period. If you don’t have the time or resources over the festive period, Envirobridge has the specialist training and equipment to ensure your machinery doesn’t fail you. We work at a time that best suits you, so that we don’t impact your working hours and only enhance your productivity!
Train and retrain your staff for a workforce that will rival Santa’s!
Training is probably the last thing you or your staff want to do after a year that has made us train and retrain. But, there is a method to the madness. By ensuring your workers know the necessary processes you can optimise the efficiency of your warehouse and reduce the possibility of accidents. Equally, in times of Covid safety is paramount, so it is essential that training regarding cleanliness is drilled into each member of your staff.
Tis’ the season to spread joy – and information about vendors, suppliers and partners!
Christmas isn’t the best season for managing expectations, but it is imperative that you do so with your vendors, supplies and partners. Following the above reviews, audits and training, you are in a position to be able to assess and forecast information needed for external counterparts. It is vital that you do this to optimise your warehouse operations – as with all businesses, communication is key!
Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to an exceptional standard. Whether it is high level warehouse cleaning, factory cleaning or comprehensive industrial floor cleaning (in occupied areas or empty areas) we aim to work with you to make sure that the end cleaning product presents a sparkling clean professional image to your public and customers.
Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us using our contact form or on 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.