The Blog: Warehouse Organization & Operations Tips

Critiquing Your Warehouse Receiving Process – 10 Surefire Techniques to Optimize It


When shipments arrive to replenish stocked inventory, your warehouse will go through what is known as a standard receiving process. Your inventory clerk should have a set procedure which he or she uses to make sure all paperwork and the shipment is received and in correct order. If there are…  
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Warehouse Audit Checklist for Improved Performance


A warehouse audit should answer the questions “Do our procedures meet current operating requirements?” and “What can we improve?” The key feature of an audit is that it be an unbiased examination and evaluation that objectively analyzes past performance and possible improvements. The warehouse audit can be performed by the…  
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Electric vs. Gas/LP Forklift


If you have a choice of the type of forklift you can use in your warehouse, compare the pros and cons of the electric and gas forklifts before you buy: Electric – An electric forklift runs on a battery.  Yes, the battery is an extra expense at initial purchase, but…  
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Forklift on the Fritz? Should You Repair or Replace?


Any time an appliance or mechanical gadget breaks down in our homes, usually we ask, “Is it under warranty?”  Often, the answer is a resounding, “NO.”  An evaluation begins.  What are the options for getting the appliance back up and running? It’s the same situation with on-the-job mechanics, only the…  
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Be Selective: Choosing the best rack system


Since rack systems don’t actually come in all shapes and sizes, you may be wondering how you even exercise the power of choice in buying them.  You know the basics:  selective or palette racks, drive-through or drive-in systems and push-back systems.  We beg to differ about the shapes and sizes,…  
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Don’t Risk Rack Failure


A warehouse manager’s biggest nightmare has to be failure of one of the warehouse systems.  Whether it’s the temperature control system or the inventory control system, any failure is a risk to the daily business and the product at hand.  Rack failure can have a huge effect on a warehouse’s…  
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Don’t Wrack Your Brain Over Warehouse Racking


We don’t want to say that racking is a necessary evil in the warehouse storage business. It is necessary, but It doesn’t have to be evil. There are so many different choices that there’s something for everyone’s needs. Choose racking relative to your warehouse size, product type, flow and storage…  
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Choosing the Right Forklift


Mid-to-large-sized warehouses can increase their productivity not only by having an organized flow of inventory and specific guidelines for fulfillment, but also by having the right equipment for the job. At the top of the list should be the forklift. We see them zooming around the warehouse floor daily. These…  
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Improving Warehouse Shipment Accuracy


Shipping mistakes can make a warehouse less productive and less profitable.  Not only does the warehouse have to take the time to accept the return, restock it and make good on the shipment, it also has to pay for the first and second shipments and overcome the hurdle of poor…  
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New vs. Used Warehouse Fixtures


The “used,” or “gently worn” description is often applied to items that are not in perfect resale condition. The item might have a few scratches, or a worn patch, but generally it’s acceptable and will serve its purpose. If you’re adding to or replacing fixtures in your warehouse, you’ll find…  
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