Best Way to Quickly Organize Inventory in Your Warehouse
An organized warehouse can take your business to the next level. When you know where to find your products, you can complete orders faster and more accurately, therefore you'll be able to please your customers in the process.
However, stock organization is not always easy. You need a system that you can stick to.
We will introduce you to five steps you can easily follow to quickly organize your warehouse.
Map Your Inventory 🗺
Every warehouse should have a document to explain which inventory is stored where. We recommend that you keep this information electronically, because the paper copy of the layout can easily be lost.
Also, by using an automated system, the inventory can be tracked from the moment the inventory is received, through every step of the storage system, until it is guided out the shipping door.
Stack Smart 🪜📐
Generally, most warehouses stack their products vertically. This saves space and also helps you maintain a better organization, because you can read all the labels at once without having to walk down the horizontally stacked material lines.
You may find that you need to make exceptions to this rule sometimes, due to the way items are packaged. However, try to keep the rest of the stack vertical.
Label Your Boxes ✍🏻💬
Label each box on one side with the SKU number and a description of the content of the box.
Be as detailed as possible with the contents. Warehouses may find it helpful to place an image of what’s inside the box on the outside.
Warehouses often find it helpful to place images of what’s inside a box on the outside. Employees will spend less time looking for a specific product if they see the image instead of having to read the description of every box.
Leave Some Aisle Space 🤸🏻♀️
Yes, you probably want to squeeze as much inventory as possible into the warehouse, but remember to leave some room to move your products if necessary.
Plus, you will definitely need aisle space for you or someone else to walk around.
If you make the aisle too narrow by placing the shelves too close, it may take minutes instead of seconds to move any merchandise.
Consider Extra Room for Storage 🖼🪑
You can pack every square inch like a Tetris master, but this will make retrieving items truly difficult.
A little extra space can provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that your inventory is safe while giving you that extra room that you need in your main warehouse.
Obviously, you don’t want to pay for space that you won’t use. You can contact a storage unit facility to guide you and estimate the right unit size for you.