Segmenting an inventory warehouse can lead to shorter picking paths and more efficient procedures. Managers should divide layouts and assign shelving based on the storage needs of products. Here are five metrics warehouse managers can use to design spaces and plan inventory practices:
1. Physical description
Inventory workers need information to prepare orders. Warehouse products must have labels indicating what makes each item different from others located on the shelves. Managers can use these descriptions to segment the warehouse.
When employees utilize mobile warehouse devices to look up merchandise details, the layout should correspond to the information in the software system. Managers can program tools like NAV barcoding to display information like color and size every time team members scan packages. If layouts segment products based on descriptions, employees will know where to go and find certain merchandise and can double-check orders with mobile equipment.
2. Handling and storage requirements
Warehouse segmentation should make the employee’s job easier. There are simple ideas managers can utilize to create intuitive and safe daily procedures. For example, Inventory Management Services Inc. suggested keeping heavier items on lower shelves. Size and shape can dictate which areas management systems can store certain goods.
Some products may have special storage needs. They may need temperature requirements or have a short life. Products that expire must sit in a location where they are visible. Workers should immediately deposit frozen goods in refrigeration units, for instance. Warehouses need special storage facilities for certain products and layouts that prioritize merchandise restrictions.
3. Turnaround speed
The demand for products may dictate where warehouse teams keep them. Merchandise that demonstrates a fast turnaround needs a convenient storage location, such as mid-level shelves or areas close to the shipping docks. NAV handheld inventory devices can help create real-time performance records so managers get a clear idea of customer demand and design spaces accordingly.
Inbound Logistics said segmenting layouts based on distribution speed provides visibility of supply chain performance. Managers can prepare faster and reevaluate orders to suppliers.
4. Supplier or client
A business may want to keep products in special locations based on where they receive the goods from and who the merchandise goes to. The Warehouse Coach advised keeping materials from a single vendor together. Inventory segmentation allows retailers to track the quality of products provided by a business partner.
If a company has a dependable buyer or large orders, it may want to keep merchandise earmarked for specific customers in its own unique area. The warehouse should prioritize big clients and make sure it has the goods they want so they receive shipments on time.
5. Updated information
Certain product details may change. If activities damage merchandise packaging or the demand for items fluctuates, the inventory workers could update the information involved in warehouse segmentation. Employees using mobile warehouse inventory management tools should log any change into the system to see if the product needs new storage placement. A company may want to have an area for damaged goods or other unique metrics.
Warehouse managers planning a new layout they should check out the Warehouse Mobile Data Dynamics NAV Module Data Sheet for more information today.