Whether you’ve started your company a long time ago or only recently began your entrepreneurial journey. It may be a new venture for you to start shipping your products or you want to improve the existing situation. either way, there are many things to be taken into consideration when adding or removing any aspects of your warehouse department. Over the last year, E-commerce-related purchases have had a general increase of 15% on a global level. Therefore, many companies have decided to scale up the related departments. In this article, you’ll read about several applications and machinery to be used in the warehouse department.
A system for every venture
If you’ve researched setting up a shipping department, you’ve undoubtedly heard or read about a WMS system or Warehouse Management System. These systems consist of software and processes able to control warehouse operations from the start of storing the goods and/or materials all the way up to the shipping. The most common types of WMS are standalone systems, these can be ERP systems, cloud-based systems or even Supply-chain related systems. Each one with its benefits and disadvantages. When you choose your WMS, consider each advantage with care and weigh the options against the needs.
Strap in the right equipment
Shipping your products from your warehouse is a large task and takes a lot of fundings and machines, depending on how big your company requires the shipping process to be. You’ll need a strapping machine to prepare your packages. These come in various sizes, destined for many-sized packages. Prices can range greatly depending on both quality and origin. Besides a strapping machine, you’ll need the packages to be shipped and, therefore, require a planning system to map out routes to deliver your products. These delivery tools are in abundance and can easily be found online, for example, Optimoroute. Strapping machines can easily be found as well on company sites like Cyklop.
Placing the products
Products need to be stored and to provide the best quality, it is not advised to store them plain on the ground, most common ways to avert this is by using pallets (block, euro or double-faced) or via the use of racks or scaffoldings. Of course, the storage can be done in many ways, one way is the JIT or Just-In-Time method. This method aims to minimize the number of products held at the same time by moving these products forward as soon as they arrive. This means not having the products in storage until shortly before you can send them to the next step of the process
Another way is the location code generator system or lot number system. Often used in order picking, this system entails that each product type is given a number and placed in a scaffolding, which will be indicated by a letter. Using this method means that employees or order pickers can easily find what they need should they need, for example, product C76 (Scaffolding C, product 76).