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Would you like to operate your warehouse with greater profitability? Nowadays, warehouses and distribution centers must work harder than ever to achieve overall efficiency. The most successful warehouses include using Lean Process Improvement. If you want to learn more about Lean principles, this blog post shares some insights that just might interest you.

Lean Process Improvement Includes Reducing Waste

When you employ the best Lean principles, your warehouse uses more effective business process management concepts. You engage all team members to find and implement ways to increase efficiency and productivity regarding all tasks needing to be done. Here are more ideas to run your warehouse more effectively:

Reduce costs by eliminating excess inventory and product over-production. When excess inventory takes up warehouse space having no actual order designated for it, that inventory potentially wastes precious warehouse space. Check your sales records before setting into production any products. Is there still existing inventory for that product? If so, fill the order with existing inventory before cranking up the production or assembly pipeline.

Reduce unnecessary labor costs. Checking sales records before creating new product assures you pay only necessary labor costs for ordered products. “Just in time” production coincides with Lean principles. It saves time and money when you do not over-produce product. You can eliminate unnecessary labor costs by effectively managing projects through efficient planning and plan enactment. Efficient planning and plan enactment ensures accurately establishing equipment and employee usage.

Schedule product transportation routes wisely. Regarding shipping product, generally, route deliveries using the most direct and most time-efficient route. Understand the pros and cons of using FTL and LTL loads. Again, manage your resources using sound judgment.

Establish proper processing protocols and following them. Extra work may be required unless team members follow established processing protocols already in place. Management is responsible for establishing and monitoring these proper protocols. Being disorganized costs you money and wastes time. Following Lean manufacturing principles, analyze and track processes. Make sure they serve your company well. After all, it’s your bottom line that’s at stake if you don’t.

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