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A warehouse management process is the defined way in which an organization’s warehouse operates. More than what goes on day-to-day or month-over-month, a warehouse management process defines, documents, and enforces:
A company’s warehouse management process is unique to that organization. What may be the best course of action for one organization might not be effective for another — and vice-versa.
Let’s take a closer look at what doing so allows you to accomplish.
In taking an intentional approach, you’ll create systematic, standardized workflows for your team members to follow at all times.
As mentioned, this involves taking control of your team — but also providing your employees the ability to make autonomous decisions as needed.
Should things go according to plan, your team can simply continue on as usual. Should something go wrong, your employees will know what their options are and will be equipped to proceed in the best possible way.
In turn, your warehouse will experience much less downtime — and be far more productive overall.
A proper warehouse management process also allows warehouse teams to actually set their workflows in motion as planned. Your team members should always have at least one option for moving forward at any given time.
More than explaining what to do, your warehouse management process will also tell them:
The other side of streamlining operations is that you end up getting more value out of the resources used to complete said tasks.
First of all, with less friction and fewer redundancies, you’ll waste less time, money, and energy. The more productivity you get from your various resources, the more profitable your business will be.
For example, if you’re using a warehouse management system, your process will ensure your team knows how to use the tool to its fullest capacity. This ensures the tool is fully worth the investment you’ve made into it.
This also goes for human resources, as well. With a clearly-defined warehouse management process in place, you’ll know which team members fit best in which roles. In turn, you’ll enable your team members to thrive.
In ironing out your warehouse management process, keep your team’s focus on what it’s all for: Ensuring customers get what exactly what they want when they want it … and (sometimes) even more.
This not only reinforces the idea that it’s “all for the customer,” but it also showcases to your team how their efforts ultimately lead to a better experience for the consumer.
To add to that, including customer-focused information within your warehouse management process can identify gaps or hangups in your operations. You can then work on making improvements accordingly — all while operating in the best interest of your customers.
If your warehouse management process accomplishes all of the above, it will inherently lead to an increase in your company’s bottom line.
You can then reinvest this additional capital into your business as appropriate. With more capital on-hand, you can make the necessary improvements to your organization that will increase your bottom line even more.
But, it all starts by strengthening and solidifying your overall warehouse management process.