With the rising growth of e-commerce, consumers are expecting faster delivery times and lower costs for their online purchases. It’s important for warehouse managers to pay attention to the changes and demands that e-commerce is creating in the warehouse industry.
As such, you will need to prepare your warehouse accordingly and have the processes in place to handle various types of orders. We explore more below on how you can get your warehouse ready for e-commerce.
Cluster picking method
Gone are the days of processing bulk orders. With e-commerce, warehouses are dealing with smaller orders as well as individual items, which require a more efficient picking strategy. Start with cluster picking if you wish to make your warehouse suitable for e-commerce. Instead of orders, it focuses on picking of items where a picker will collect multiple orders at one go and place them in separate containers. This helps to decrease the travel time of pickers and accelerate the picking process to meet tighter delivery times.
Proper organisation makes warehouse processes more accurate, efficient and faster. As such, look into slotting optimisation which identifies the most appropriate storage location for each product in your inventory. This helps workers pick orders faster, especially to fulfil next-day or same-day deliveries. Investing in a slotting optimisation system also ensures you are making the most out of your warehouse storage space.
If your inventory is growing and requires bigger space for storage, our property at 38 Ang Mo Kio offers warehouse spaces for rent
that range from 4,903 to 6,225 sqft with 4.5m ceiling height and 2.5kN/m2 floor loading capacity. The property features 3 connected building with multiple storeys and a corporate frontage. It is accessible via CTE and the nearest train station at Ang Mo Kio MRT can be accessed by the feeder bus right at the entrance. More buses are also available a few minutes’ walk from the main road. This general B1 industrial building also offers in-house products such as well-equipped event hall rental, self-storage, lockers and weekend marketplace. For entrepreneurs and start-ups looking for work spaces for rent in Ang Mo Kio
, our subsidiary, Work+Store, is also located in the premises to offer storage and processing units that can help you store goods and fulfil orders for your customers. Other facilities include 4 passenger lifts, 3 cargo lifts, in-house canteen and season parking for heavy vehicles & cars.
Manage returns efficiently
In today’s e-commerce age, it is important to prepare for the reverse logistics process where customers expect a hassle-free return experience for their items. Returned goods not only require additional labour and costs, but also valuable warehouse space to store them. It is necessary to learn how to manage returns quickly and efficiently, which can help you maintain customer satisfaction.
To help address the challenges of e-commerce, technological innovation should not be left out. It doesn’t have to immediately involve a significant amount of investment either, if you’re worried about incurring high costs. Start with relatively cheap warehouse technologies like tablets and mobile printers that can help track your inventory
and print labels whenever you are in the warehouse. Workers can use them to increase efficiency and carry out their duties more effectively.
Another property you can consider for warehouse spaces is Space @ Tampines, located close to other industrial estates at Changi, Tampines, Seletar and Loyang. This 7-storey property is accessible via TPE and provides an ideal business space solution for those seeking a warehouse or industrial space for rent. At the ground floor, you can expect to find a wide variety of interior design and home furnishing companies accessible by the public, which increases the volume of customer footfall in the area. Major retailers like Courts Megastore and IKEA Tampines are also located directly opposite. For businesses that have operational requirements of warehouse logistic needs, they can benefit from this property to support activities like storing, sorting and delivering of orders around Singapore. Unit sizes range from 1,046 to 10,081 sqft with sprinklers, 6m ceiling height and 15kN/m2 floor loading capacity. Other facilities include 24-hour access & CCTV, 6 loading bays with dock levellers, wide ramp-up, 40-footer access to ground floor loading bay and season parking for cars & motorcycles.
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