It might not be the most glamorous, but meticulously tracking your inventory is one of the most crucial aspects of warehouse management. There’s a lot to keep track of and a myriad of ways you can get it done.
We’re excited to put the MKM spotlight on one of our new ecommerce fulfillment clients, the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum Shop. The EMP Museum Shop has a great ecommerce site offering niche pop culture gifts for geeks and rock ‘n’ roll fans alike: think Nirvana, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. Online consumer orders from the EMP Museum Store ship directly from MKM ecommerce fulfillment centers.
Investing in new equipment for your distribution center is exciting—and with the new developments in anything from forklifts to robotic cranes and picking devices, investments of this kind can increase production and get your distribution center operating at maximum efficiency. But how do you know when new equipment is a best for your hub? Here’s a guide to weigh the pros and cons.
When you’re in the business of constantly loading and unloading trucks throughout the day, it becomes very apparent that the way you load things into a truck can make unloading them either very efficient, or a terrible experience. If you’re new to loading and unloading, there are a few things to remember; some of which are common sense, and others may be foreign concepts.
Some businesses believe that, as long as the job gets accomplished, the condition of the jobsite or warehouse doesn’t matter. Dirty, unorganized, sloppy—if you can tag the word “done” after any project, you don’t have to worry about keeping things clean. To a certain extent, you do need to do whatever it takes to get a job done, but, when it comes to distribution, a clean workplace—and clean product inside of that workplace—are huge components of getting the job done.
Ask these three questions about cleanliness in your warehouse and at the stores you shop at.
Your break times throughout each day are critical for your wellbeing and for your ability to work accurately and, most important, happily. Your team and coworkers need to make use of their break times, too, even when there’s more to be done—more that could get accomplished. When we allow our brains and bodies short periods of rest or meditation during the workday, we increase our attention span and our attention to detail, which makes customers happy to do business with us.
Capacity and building size play a large role in logistics, and it’s vital to know when your building has actually reached capacity. Once it has, you have two options: hold steady and stop growth, or add on to your building or move to a new one that allows you more space. There are a few tell-tale signs that it’s due time for you to consider a new, larger building.