As your e-commerce business grows and your product lines expand, there is always an opportunity to better organise your warehouse for faster and better accuracy in picking.
Warehouse slotting is usually organised by product type, SKU number, or any other type of product characteristic. Regardless of the size of your warehouse, any warehouse can benefit from proper slotting, which provides benefits like optimised warehouse space, improved picking performance and reduced costs related to inventory management
We share 3 best practices to keep in mind for slotting your inventory, which is essential to proper warehouse management.
1. Grouping orders together
Look into items that are often ordered together at the same time. By analysing your past order history, you can identify what these products are and re-organise them so they can be physically closer to one order. By grouping them this way, pickers can retrieve multiple orders at once, which will cut down on the travelling required and speed up the process. Rather than picking each order individually, this is one way to increase the efficiency of your warehouse operations.
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2. Improvements can come from pickers
Your warehouse’s picking routes should be flexible enough to be revised and changed when necessary as your business grows. Pickers are in the best location of the warehouse to carry out the tasks and get orders fulfilled quickly – look to them for suggestions that can improve the workflow. Whether it’s the assembly line or storage procedures, you can better understand the factors that may be slowing them down and come up with solutions or changes to picking routes to improve overall operations.
3. Slot SKUs by storage type or item level
Having a good SKU system is key for an efficient inventory management, which enables you to identify, organise and track your inventory effortlessly. You also need to determine where you will be storing the SKUs and how they will be accessed – by forklift, cart or pallet jack. Consider the product’s dimensions, volume or demand to make these decisions, so you can ultimately eliminate any bottlenecks during the picking process.
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