Warehouse Management


Warehouse Management Check List

Have a good business plan and compile a set of milestones.

Develop sub-milestones and project plans.

Make sure you have clearly defined responsibilities and deadlines.

Establish agreed performance goals for all employees.

These should include goals of the following nature:

Activity goals: Goals related to quantity of work achieved such as "pick 180 orders each day".

Outcome goals: Goals related to the outcome of activity such as "generate $560,000 in through put each month".

One off major tasks and action goals: Goals or tasks related to the follow up of an action plan such as "purchase a computer by the 29th June".

Regular system goals: Goals related to activities that need to happen on a regular basis such as "write a month-end inventory error report".

How a warehousing performance system will help!

A warehousing performance system will help you to plan, delegate and track tasks and goals.

It will lead to improved business performance, employee productivity gains and better communication throughout your organisation.

A warehousing performance system can help you achieve a number of objectives.

Plan and Monitor Tasks and Projects:

Operating a warehouse successfully means planning and monitoring the various activities and projects in which the business is involved.

It is not enough simply to plan the direction the warehouse is heading. Each project should be treated as a separate entity that needs to be effectively planned.

Time schedules should be set and costs budgeted on an ongoing basis.

This is crucial to ensure your resources are being used effectively and that each employee, including yourself, has a clear idea of what needs to be done and when.

Prepare Working Business Plans:

Research suggests that businesses with a working business plan are likely to achieve a 63% higher revenue growth than those businesses that do not plan.

Furthermore, it has been shown in studies that the key element to successful planning is the actual implementation of the plan.

A performance system will help you to take the business plan out of the drawer and implement it effectively through better delegation and focus.

Manage Teams of Employees

It is easy to keep control of one or two people. However, as the team grows in size, it is important to have a system to help manage team activities.

The common symptoms of poor management are lack of deadlines, reduced communication with employees, low morale and loss of control.

Performance systems are designed to help overcome these by providing staff and employees with clear objectives and constant feedback.

Improve Customer Service

Warehouse performance systems can be used to remind you to call your major clients at the beginning of each week, month or quarter.

Increase Productivity:

Most organisations have difficulty focusing on the priorities of the business.

This is common from management right through the entire hierarchy of an organisation.

Assigning team leaders within groups and conducting better planning at the beginning of each time period (e.g. week, month, year) will lead to a clearer understanding of priorities.

Avoid Legal Litigation:

Firing employees can be expensive!

Research indicates that 32% of businesses are subjected to unfair dismissal claims, regardless of size.

To avoid litigation, you must be able to show accurate documentation of the reasoning behind your decision.

A performance management system can keep track of your employees' achievements and your comments on their performance on a weekly and / or monthly basis.

Develop Incentive Programs:

Many organisations have seen the value in offering incentive programs to their employees. These programs can lead to a marked increase in performance.

A performance management system will help you to easily administer almost any reward scheme.

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