03 March 2017
Why Your Warehouse Is More
Important Than You Think
To most minds, a
warehouse is just a space to store finished products before they’re shipped or
moved to customers. While that is a somewhat accurate description, it doesn’t
quite tell the whole story.
Warehouses have a crucial role to play in maximising
organisational efficiency, and in
turn, revenue. They have perhaps the biggest role in the supply chain, and the
management of your warehouse can have a significant impact on your bottom line
– so it really does pay to give it the attention it deserves.
A worthy investment
There are many
ways for businesses to boost profits – marketing, increasing scale and
introducing new products are three popular methods. Increasingly, though,
companies are focusing on their warehouses; tweaking processes, expanding
picking teams and even opening more space in their attempts to meet demand and
get ahead of the competition.
in particular are carrying this trend – Amazon, for example, has 12 fulfilment centres in the UK alone, covering more than five
million square feet. Realising the importance of effective warehousing, the
company has invested more than £4 billion over the last decade to optimise this
part of its supply chain.
Figures like that
might only apply to mega-retailers like Amazon, but they do prove just how
crucial a warehouse can be.
More than just sales
A warehouse is,
as mentioned previously, a place to store goods before they can be sold or
shipped to paying customers. The purpose doesn’t always stop there, though.
might also be used to process returns, for example. When people send or bring
items back to your business, they need to be processed before being
reintroduced to the sales stock. With the right people and technology in place,
this will usually happen in the same warehouse environment.
into this too – your warehouse will no doubt be used to store non-sales goods,
such as consumables and raw materials destined for use within the business.
With deliveries coming from suppliers regularly, items must be accepted and
Getting the most out of your
It’s clear that
operating an effective and efficient warehouse is key to keeping customers
happy and the business running smoothly. Doing so needn’t be such a daunting
task anymore, either – there are plenty of products and technologies on the
market that have been specifically designed to help organisations get the most
from their space.
Robust mobile computers, for example, allow warehouse staff to
stay productive on the go, recording and accessing data as necessary. Rugged barcode scanners can also prove invaluable, helping
companies save valuable time as they track the movement of products to, from
and within the warehouse.
Then you have the
software that brings it all together – programs that can
be carefully designed to meet a specific business’s needs, ensuring it can
benefit from the huge volumes of data generated day-to-day.
Warehousing as a
concept has existed for centuries, and the general premise has remained largely
unchanged. That said, it’s clear that we’re moving into a much more efficient
era, where businesses can use technologies like those mentioned above to really
get the most out of their spaces. The equipment on offer is already hugely
impressive, and it will no doubt improve in the coming years.
If you think
these solutions could benefit your business then get in touch with us today.