Warehouse Consultants

June 25, 2017

Our Warehouse Consultants Can Design Your Perfect Warehouse Layout

Whether you are setting up your warehouse for the first time, reconfiguring it for a change in inventory, or know that you have room for improvement in your current design, optimizing the layout of your warehouse can have a huge positive impact on your business. Optimization can lead to greater productivity, less wasted time, less damaged merchandise, and more error-free orders going out the door to happy customers.

Working with our warehouse designers on your layout will help your business save time and money. You won’t have to waste time moving your warehouse equipment around, finding the right setup and delaying orders. Every pallet rack will be in the perfect place thanks to our details, customized plans. The efficient use of space will end up saving you money, not to mention the increase in orders when customers get their purchases quickly, on time, and without errors. That brings more business to your warehouse and more money to your bottom line.

How We Help With Warehouse Layout and Design

A major part of your warehouse optimization will involve knowing the best place to put items like pallet rack, carton flow shelving, conveyor belts, and other materials handling equipment. The warehouse consultants at DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you identify the optimal layout so you can work at peak efficiency in your warehouse. How you set up your warehouse is the first that you’ll take to ensure that everything that happens afterward goes smoothly, and you stay on time and on a budget.

When you come to DAK Equipment & Engineering for help with your warehouse layout, you’ll be partnered with a warehouse consultant who understands your industry. They’ll take the time to get to know more about your business, the unique features of your space, and any challenges that your warehouse is currently facing. Then they will work with you to develop custom Auto CAD drawings of the warehouse setup that maximizes the potential of your space, using both your current equipment and making suggestions about new equipment that could help you improve your work flow. You can view multiple options so you can your team can determine which one will work the best for your needs and your budget.

No two warehouses are the same. They don’t have the same equipment, store the same materials, or face the same challenges. That’s why a one-size-fits-all solution isn’t going to work for your warehouse. That’s why we work with warehouses across the Midwest and throughout the United States on developing custom plans based on the needs of their particular warehouse. We can use the equipment you already have or supplement with materials and equipment from DAK’s supply to ensure you have what your warehouse needs.

We Find the Right Layout for Your Equipment & Needs

 

If you think there is room for improvement in your warehouse layout, it’s time to get in touch with our team of warehouse designers. Let’s look at your current warehouse layout and discover ways we can help it improve. When we create a layout that you love, we can even help you get it set up with our selection of warehouse equipment and installation services. Our team can take care of everything from start to finish, freeing you up to concentrate on other important aspects of running your warehouse. We make this an easy and stress-free process, and you’ll love working with our knowledgeable team.

Give us a call or contact us through our website today to learn more about our warehouse optimization services and how we can help you design a warehouse that works as hard as you do. We’re looking forward to optimizing your warehouse!

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June 20, 2017

Easy Ways You Can Boost Employee Productivity This Week

Employee productivity is one of the biggest concerns of a warehouse manager. The harder your employees work, the better your warehouse functions and the more profit you’ll see each quarter. Motivating employees to work harder and faster isn’t an easy thing, though, and it requires you to strike the right balance. Push them too hard, and you’ll see a sharp decline in productivity along with turnover issues. Don’t push them hard enough, and you’ll actually see the same issues. If you are looking for ways to increase the productivity of your team, we have some easy ways you can increase their output this week. If you haven’t already implemented these strategies, the time to do them is now!

Use These Tips to Boost Warehouse Productivity

Set goals for each employee.

Goals are useful for a number of reasons. It can help you estimate how much labor you are going to need each week as well as help you plan for budgets. For an employee, a productivity goal can motivate an employee to push themselves a little further to achieve the goal you’ve set for them. The key is to set the goal just far enough to be a challenge but not so far as to be discouraging. Look at what they did that same week the previous year and add a few percentage onto that. That’s a good place to start and will feel within reach to your team.

Set up training sessions.

The better trained the employee, the greater their productivity. If it’s been a while since you’ve held a training meeting, schedule a couple right now. Focus on training that helps employees develop their skills, perform tasks faster, and give you feedback on things you could do to help them eliminate unnecessary or repetitive tasks on the warehouse floor. Training doesn’t have to come just from management, either. If you have an employee that excels in productivity, encourage them to lead a training meeting to share their secrets with others.

Reduce their downtime.

Downtime is the killer of the warehouse. Everyone deserves breaks and lunches, so that’s not what we’re talking about here. It’s the downtime associated with waiting for the next task. That might be time for the computer to load, pick slips to print, tape to be delivered, or their teammate to pick up the next load of boxes. Whatever it is that’s causing idle time, see if you can’t eliminate it. Even shaving a few seconds off of a task can add up to a lot of saved time over the course of a year. Shave off a couple seconds here or there and you’ll see a ton of time savings. Look for tasks that leave employees idle (often through no fault of their own) or ask them what takes the longest to do during the day. See what you can do to increase the productivity involved in those tasks and watch your output go up.

Need More Help with Productivity in Your Warehouse?

Our team is here to help! Our warehouse consultants work with warehouses all over the United States on their productivity issues. If it’s your warehouse layout and design that’s holding you back or your inventory needs to be more efficiently arranges, we can help you uncover the reasons behind low productivity, develop a plan, and implement it. You’ll love what we can do to help kick your warehouse into high gear.

Give us a call or contact us through our website to speak to one of our warehouse consultants. No matter what you are struggling with inside your warehouse, we’ll help you find the solution. Let’s get to work!

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June 10, 2017

The Benefits of Finishing and Starting Right for Warehouse Management

Our warehouse consultants recently wrote that no job should be considered done until the clean-up is finished. It was one of our tips for helping keep your warehouse clean. But this tip goes well beyond cleanliness when it comes to making your warehouse efficient. It should be an extension of a policy of finishing clean and starting clean each day. Putting this idea firmly into the process of your warehouse can eliminate a lot of wasted time and help your workforce become more efficient about getting their work done. So how does it work?

Finishing Clean

Set aside time at the end of each shift for tidying up. Most warehouses find that the last 30 minutes of the workday is the perfect time for getting this done. Your workforce is likely anxious to get off the clock anyway, so giving them something out-of-the-ordinary to do can help keep them focused and working. Encourage them to finish the day clean by doing things such as:

  • Sweeping the floor around their workstations
  • Emptying the trash cans and recycling bins
  • Restocking office and warehouse supplies
  • Finishing the processing of broken or damaged items
  • Setting out paperwork that will be needed for the next shift
  • Setting up anything they need for the next shift

This helps your team focus on looking for anything they might have missed and getting all those last minute items taken care of before they head out the door. It also sets up the next shift for success.

Starting Clean

When you finish the workday clean, you’ll have a clean start the next day or for the next shift. That’s because there are no miscellaneous bits to worry about and no loose ends to tie up. The next team starts with a clean slate of projects and knows exactly what needs to be done. They don’t have to sort through the mess left by the last team or on their last shift to get started. Instead, they can dive right in and get to work. This can be a huge increase in your productivity and eliminate that first thirty minutes of the shift that’s often spent just trying to figure out what needs to happen next.

Other Ways to Keep the Flow Going

Both of these tips are simple ways to keep the flow going in your warehouse. It can help eliminate the dip in productivity that you often experience at the beginning and end of every shift. Starting clean and finishing clean aren’t the only way to help with the shift change, though. Here are some more tips:

  • Overlap start and stop times. Have managers come in about 30 minutes before the end of the other shift so they can get a run down on the day. That way when the other shift ends, they will be up to speed and ready to get going.
  • Keep a communication notebook. This can be a quick way to jot down notes about reordering or other issues on the warehouse floor that people should be aware of. This isn’t for inventory or human resources issues; instead, it can be for notes about equipment or letting the new team know why there is a box half-filled in the corner.
  • Set a good example. Don’t start your own work day by sipping a cup of coffee and surveying the warehouse floor for 30 minutes. When you clock on, get right to work. That example will show your team what you expect of them, too.

Of course, these aren’t the only ways to increase the productivity of your warehouse. Our warehouse consultants know that it’s often the layout and design of a warehouse that can make or break it’s productivity. If you are concerned about the efficiency of your warehouse and your workers, it’s time to look at warehouse optimization with the help of the best consultants in the business. DAK Equipment & Engineering has been hard at work making warehouses in the United States more efficient and more profitable for decades. We’re ready to help you, too. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about all of our warehouse optimization options including layout, design, automation, and planning. Give us a call or contact us through our website to get started today!

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