Warehouse Consultants

April 30, 2017

Redundant Processes Are a Big Problem For Today’s Warehouses

There are a number of big issues that are common for warehouses to face. Problems like inventory control, warehouse layout, and picking optimization are all things that our warehouse consultants commonly work with warehouses to improve upon. We love finding solutions that help warehouses build their bottom line and become more efficient. One of the biggest issues that warehouses face, though, is something that many of them don’t realize is happening until we point it out: redundancy of processes.

Redundancy can cause a number of problems in your warehouse, including:

  • Slowing down order processing
  • Increase labor needs
  • Driving up costs
  • Decreasing customer satisfaction

All of these are major issues. They make your warehouse more expensive to run and less efficient. It’s likely that you aren’t aware of how many redundancies are built into your warehouse processes, either, until they’ve been analyzed by an experienced warehouse consultant like the team at DAK Equipment & Engineering.

It’s Time to Identify Your Redundancies

Identifying and eliminating the redundancies in your processes is a healthy move for your warehouse. Finding those redundancies and weeding them out, though, is a process that’s easier said than done. You’ll need to critically examine each step of your process and determine whether or not you are repeating something along the way or if there is data being generated that could be found somewhere else in the process.

Here is a common example. Think about how many people have to interact with a pick slip before it gets out the door to the customer. For many warehouses, that pick slip needs to be handled by up to four people (a picker, checker, packer, and loader) along the way. That’s way too many touches on a product to be an efficient process. Instead of going through all of those people, there is technology that can help eliminate some of those steps and get the order out to a customer faster and with the same accuracy.

Redundancies aren’t just found in your processes, either. They can be found in the movement of your team as well. An example of this can be found in the number of trips a picker takes across a warehouse to pack each order. They might pass the same area multiple times while gathering products. Group orders and restructuring how orders are picked can eliminate those redundant trips. Instead of going to an area each time something is ordered, they can go there once and get everything required for multiple orders, getting those boxes out the door to your customers much faster.

We Can Help Streamline Your Warehouse

Eliminating redundancies in your processes and worker movements can streamline your warehouse. It can reduce your costs, get orders out faster, increase worker satisfaction, and boost your bottom line. It’s tough to find the solutions on your own, though. Often, those working in the warehouse are too close to the situation to determine what needs to be done to make it more efficient. Having a third party examine your processes and your warehouse layout can help you find and eliminate those redundancies.

That’s exactly what the warehouse consultants at DAK Equipment & Engineering can do for you. If your warehouse could use a boost in efficiency, you need to contact our team. You can give us a call or contact us through our website to get started. We work with warehouses all over the United States and can put you in touch with a representative who understands your needs and is familiar with your area. Don’t put off this call! We’ll make it simple to get the help your warehouse needs to start working more efficiently. Get in touch with us today!

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April 20, 2017

FAQ About Working With a Warehouse Consultant

A good warehouse consultant can be a wonderful thing. There are a number of things our warehouse consultants can help you with, including:

  • Optimizing your warehouse layout.
  • Increasing your warehouse efficiency.
  • Decreasing your fulfillment error rate.
  • Integrating automation in your warehouse.

All of these things can have a direct impact on your bottom line, helping to increase your profits while you decrease your costs. If you’ve never worked with a warehouse consultant, you probably have a lot of questions about what it’s like and if it’s the right choice for your warehouse. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team put together this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guide to working with a warehouse consultant so you can learn more and see if it could be a good thing for your warehouse or distribution center.

What can a warehouse consultant help with?

There are a huge variety of things! Along with the items listed above, a warehouse consultant can also help with strategic planning, racking inspection services, repair services, and project management. This can help you ensure you are doing what’s best for your warehouse while you focus on other profit-boosting projects.

Are the solutions one-size-fits-all?

Not at all. Our warehouse consultants carefully evaluate your warehouse to determine what challenges you are facing and how they can best be overcome. Thanks to the years of experience our warehouse consultants have, they can find a huge variety of solutions that meet the needs of your budget and your warehouse. We tailor every solution for every client.

Will the work in our warehouse have to stop?

Hardly ever. We make it a point to work with the operations of your warehouse as much as possible. A lot of our solutions involve phased implementation so we disrupt your operations as little as possible. If you have particular concerns, we’ll work around them. Just talk to your project manager and we’ll find the solution that works for you.

Do you have references or case studies?

Absolutely! We know you want to make sure that you are making the best choice for your warehouse and part of that is making sure you are hiring the right warehouse consultants. To help you make that decision, we can provide you with both references from previous clients and case studies that detail what we’ve done for them. That will show you what we can do for your warehouse or distribution center and how much our clients love what we’ve done for them!

What is the process like?

First, we’ll talk to you about your warehouse and the challenges that you are facing. Secondly, we’ll evaluate your warehouse, looking at how you currently work, how the space is set up, and the kind of warehouse equipment that you are working with right now. Then, we’ll get to work. We’ll develop a number of options that help you overcome the challenges of your warehouse that stay within your budget. Once you’ve approved the plan, we’ll get to work. Our team will implement the improvements to your warehouse from start to finish and make sure you love the final results.

Are You Ready to Get Started?

We’d love to be the warehouse consultants that you use for your improvements! If you are interested in learning more about what our warehouse consultants can do for you, then get in touch with us. We’ll talk to you about your warehouse challenges and tell you more about the potential solutions that we can offer. Give us a call or contact us through our website to speak to a member of our team. We’ll get back to you with the information you need as soon as possible so we can get to work on your warehouse!

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April 12, 2017

How Our Warehouse Consultants Nearly Doubled the Storage Space for This Warehouse

Our warehouse consultants love to help warehouses and distribution centers find solutions to their toughest challenges. It’s what we’ve been doing for more than 25 years and it’s what we plan on doing for at least 25 more. We document many of our warehouse improvement projects in the Case Studies section of our website. This is a great place to read more about what our warehouse consultants can do for your warehouse and how we’ve helped others overcome their warehousing challenges. Check it out and see if there is a case study that inspires you about improving your warehouse!

One of our favorite case studies comes from a film production company. When they approached the DAK Equipment & Engineering team for help, they were running out of space in their warehouse but didn’t want to move or expand their facility. They also had the additional challenge of needing to improve their product flow despite an ever-changing inventory. Our warehouse consultants carefuly evaluated their needs and situation and then developed a workable plan. They knew exactly what to do!

How Our Warehouse Consultants Optimized the Warehouse Layout

First, our team looked at the current layout of the warehouse in order to determine if it was the best use of the space for what the company needed to do. We determined that the warehouse would be better laid out if it was turned 180 degrees; so that’s what we did. We worked with the company to complete the transition in a phased approach. This allowed them to continue working on their projects without a complete shut down of their workflow while we gradually made the shift in their warehouse.

Of course, it took more than moving racks around. They needed new racks and their fire suppression system needed to be updated. We worked with local contractors to make this happen and ensure the warehouse was totally up-to-date on fire codes.

During the work, we discovered that a lot of the pallet racking used in the warehouse was damaged and needed to be replaced. We worked with the company to select replacement racking that would suit their needs and work with their other existing equipment. This helped the company save money where they could while upgrading their racking to a system that should work for them for years to come.

The Results of Our Work

In the end, our team helped this film production company increase their pallet positions from 7,900 to 11,900. That’s an additional four thousand pallets they could store in their warehouse without an expensive expansion or moving their facility. We used drive-in racking, selective racking and wire decking along with our project management services to get it all done.

Additionally, the change in the orientation of the warehouse and the improvement in their layout helped make the warehouse much more productive. The team will be able to fulfill orders and requests in a shorter amount of time, increasing productivity for the entire operation.

That’s a success story that any warehouse manager would be proud of!

What Can We Do For You?

If your warehouse is facing a challenge like a lack of storage, slow fulfillment, or a high error rate, our warehouse consultants will help you find the answers that you need. We will work with you to evaluate the current state of your warehouse and offer a variety of suggestions that will help your warehouse. Our team will manage the project from beginning to end, ensuring that your workflow isn’t interrupted along the way.

Are you ready to get started? Get in touch with our project management and optimization team to get started. You can give us a call or contact us through our website for more information.

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