A typical warehouse will have six different types of storage, five different processes, four different types of MHE, and 20 opinions on how to make it all go together.
The warehouse manager and his team are constantly faced with the need to do more with less, to be able to accommodate rapid changes in workload, to manage an evolving range of products and to continually satisfy customer demand. Warehouses are fast paced and have a level of unpredictability that keeps their managers and supervisors constantly on their toes, often at the expense of spending time working on the way the warehouse works. Often, suboptimal practices become a grudgingly accepted norm.
Just like a stocktake gives a business the opportunity to uncover and correct inventory inaccuracies and set a new baseline, a warehouse operational review provides warehouse managers with the opportunity to identify and improve suboptimal warehouse practices and establish a new efficiency benchmark. A fresh set of eyes and a well-established review methodology will quickly pinpoint the most significant opportunities in:
GRA takes a hands-on, practical approach to warehouse operations review. We prefer to walk the process path for inbound, put-away, replenishment, pick pack and outbound operations. We take the time to understand how the product range and customer needs define the processes, how systems and data support the daily activities and how people are supported to do their work best. We find the “pain” points. We can use transactional and product data to analyse throughput and storage requirements and inform us of layout and flow opportunities. Through a warehouse review we would consider:
The following are outcomes of this approach:
The benefits of this approach include:
GRA’s knowledge of the best practices in the end-to-end planning process is very impressive. With our Class A accreditation, Simplot already has an above average S&OP process embedded within the company, but GRA were able to suggest tangible improvements that will hopefully take Simplot to the next level in planning strategy and execution.
– Danny Mellon, GM Planning, Logistics & Procurement, Simplot