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June 18, 2019

Warehouse Production Best Practices

Businesses are always looking for ways to improve productivity and warehouse efficiency. In order to maximize speed and reduce costs, warehouse owners should follow a set of best practices. Here are some tips for improved productivity in your warehouse.

Frequently picked items

One of the most common strategies to improve productivity is to have the most frequently picked items nearest to the shipping area. This reduces the average amount of distance and time needed to move items from the storage isles to the shipping bays. Keep track of sales data to update the placement of items as needed.

Warehouse layout

It’s critical to have an intelligently designed warehouse layout in order to achieve trouble-free and efficient operations. Monitor picking frequencies and travel times between items to figure out which ones should be closer together.

Update systems

Using older technologies such as hard copy tickets is less efficient than newer systems. Newer platforms utilize hand-held readers, printers and voice recognition. Pick-to-light technology allows a worker to scan a label and observe data about the item on a digital display. Today’s systems are paperless and less prone to errors.

Voice picking systems

Workers who use this system can be given instructions via a headset. The instructions can be sent automatically via ERP software in order to eliminate intermediary steps with management personnel.


Maximize the use of all vertical space, and use automation software that takes advantage of RFID tags and barcodes to improve speed and efficiency. AS/RS, which stands for automated storage and retrieval systems provides machinery that automatically brings items out of storage when they are needed for shipment. The system can also place items into storage if needed.

Have one warehouse

One large warehouse requires less shipping and sorting than having several smaller warehouses. One warehouse also requires less cost.

Clear labeling

Make sure that all the labels are clear and readable for your employees. It should not only be easy for people to read, but the barcodes should be clear enough for scanners to process.

Standardized bins

Use bins, racks and containers of the same type and size. This means you will need fewer different types of machinery to handle containers, and it will make it easier to organize the space and shelving systems.


Use cross-docking to make more direct routes to the shipping area without needing to stop in warehouse areas along the way from delivery trucks.

Even if you can’t afford to consolidate everything into one large warehouse or buy the latest picking systems, there are many simple steps you can take to increase warehouse production. Simple organization and positioning of bins and aisles can make a big difference. Stay mindful of your sales statistics for specific items, and look for ways to improve warehouse productivity with best practices.