Logistics is a field that is no doubt taxing and utterly stressful. Just ask anyone who works in it. However, an equally well-known fact is that as long as things are working according to a systematic order, life becomes a lot easier. In fact, organization and adhering to rules is especially imperative in logistics. Without them, it is barely possible to identify who is doing what and what is going where. Funnily enough, one need not look at shifting very much around. Small tweaks to the existing setup is all it takes. Logistics managers in particular would love any assistance, seeing as how they are responsible for every little thing. Here are a few handy tips.
Categorise Your Warehouse
A disorganized warehouse is the root cause of most logistics issues. It is really easy to overlook this too. Since deliveries keep coming in and going out, most of the time employees forget to set things back to where they were. Seeing as how there are always 101 things to attend to on any given day, this does slip their minds. However, this small change can make a drastic difference. In order to streamline things even further, categorise different sectors of the warehouse so you know what goes where. For instance soap in one aisle, shampoo in another and conditioner in yet another. You would then at least broadly know where the products should be.
Once things are packed and sealed in boxes, they are hardly ever opened out again unless it is a matter of absolute critical importance. So once you fit in the products, you must make sure you put labels on everything. You would also need to invest in quality control labels so you can attach them onto your shipments so everyone knows they have been cleared. Nobody is going to be checking into the packaging to begin with, and secondly it makes things that much more efficient. Make sure you have a stock of high quality labels on you at all times.
Automate Your Processes
Given that we live in the information age and the 21st century, there is really no excuse for not having your systems automated. Though it might be a bit of an upheaval, as long as you train your employees, it should be easy enough to make the transition. If you already have not introduced any systems, then you should get on it pronto. If not, you will most certainly be left behind and other suppliers will slip in. Technology is the way forward and you need to make sure you are updated at every step. Cost would of course vary depending on your necessities.
Even though you might feel as though you need not note down every little detail, you should. Have a logbook that allows you to scribble quick notes especially when on the phone with people throughout the day. You may not always have time to run to your computer, nor be in the vicinity of one for that matter. However, you can come and fill in the missing information at the end of the day provided you have noted it down. Small details like that can go a long way.