Warehouse Consultants

May 10, 2017

How to Reduce Theft in Your Warehouse

 

Is theft an issue in your warehouse? It is for many warehouses across the United States. It isn’t organized crime or local heists that are the main contributor to the theft issue, either; employee theft is actually the most common. It’s estimated that cargo theft costs U.S. businesses more than $30 billion each year. That’s a lot of product walking out your warehouse door. It’s costing your business money and eroding the trust that you have in your team. It’s bad for the reputation of your company, bad for employee morale, and bad for your bottom line. If theft has become a problem in your warehouse, you need to take steps to stop it.

There are a number of simple things you can do in order to prevent theft in your warehouse. Our warehouse consultants offer these suggestions.

Tips for Reducing Warehouse Theft

Do your due diligence.

You can prevent a lot of theft before it happens by doing your due diligence during the hiring process. While it’s good to trust your gut when it comes to dealing with people, it’s even better to do a background check and actually check their references. Find out why they left their last job and be very wary of hiring anyone with previous theft or embezzlement issues on their record.

Limit access.

Most workers aren’t going to need access to the entire warehouse all the time. Be suspicious of workers who are wondering into other areas that aren’t necessary for their job. You should also be suspicious of workers who show up early or stay late when they haven’t been asked to do so. Limiting their access to only the areas that are imperative to their job can prevent collusion between areas and prevent them from stashing items to grab later.

Implement cyclical counting.

Keeping an eye on inventory is imperative if you want to prevent theft. That means doing physical counting once a year just isn’t enough. Instead, implement cyclical counting. You can keep the schedule private so employees don’t know what areas are going to be counted until it’s happening. This can keep potential thieves unsure about the best time to grab something and make them less likely to take the chance.

Set up cameras.

It used to be that setting up a camera security system in a warehouse was so expensive it was cost prohibitive. That’s not the case anymore. Now you can get Internet-connected cameras that can be set up and running in a matter of minutes. You can view these cameras anywhere, too, so you can even check up on the warehouse from your smartphone when you are at home or on vacation. Most thieves aren’t going to be brazen enough to take something when the cameras are in action.

Lock up inventory.

Create secure storage for high-theft items. These might be items with a high resale value or simply a popular high-ticket item. There are numerous ways to add secured storage to your warehouse, whether you choose steel cages or locking cabinets. This will help limit access to these items and make it much, much harder to pick up and walk out the door with them. Plus, when these items are locked up, you’ll know exactly who had access to them.

Is your warehouse being plagued by theft? Our warehouse consultants can help you find solutions to help prevent loss. Simply give the DAK Equipment & Engineering team a call or contact us through our website. We’ll help you find solutions to all of your warehouse issues, whether you are worried about theft, need a new warehouse layout, or just need to order some new warehouse equipment. Get in touch with us today to get started!

 

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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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