Let’s Talk About Warehouses in 2021

It is now 2021 and eCommerce is king.  The fact is that we are not all slaves to the new economy and regulations that are totally changing how we live and how we shop.  The changing economic platform that continues to hit the United States can be hard to keep up with. This goes doubly for companies that are focusing on eCommerce.  It has been seen that one area that your company needs to thrive in is its warehouse.  In order to rock the best eCommerce service having a warehouse that is firing on all cylinders is really important. Money can be lost on the smallest of things and you can lose competitive advantages by simply using the wrong tape. I must say that there is no way you can keep up with the competition unless your warehouse is rocking. So let’s go over a few areas to make sure your warehouse is operating in peak condition.

Don;t overlook the small things and realize that the biggest thing you do is get rid of your items. One simple area to look into is the supply section of the warehouse.  This can be a huge budget area and if you are doing well in this area you can cut down on lots of costs.  Now depending on your company, you may be shipping tons of boxes out.  If this is so then you need to be checking all of your shipping supplies and focusing on cutting the costs of those areas.  I have to say that finding the best price on boxes or tape can be a life-changing experience for a warehouse.  The difference in using the right tape on 500 boxes a day can be tons of money so be wise.

When you are shopping buy in bulk.  I have found that even ordering all your products together at the same time can give up to 25% discounts on thousands of dollars of merchandise a month.  That adds up quickly and can allow you to spend more in other areas or simply operate more lean in the future.  

Be cognizant of the efficiency of work.  Another area that you can look into is literally how your employees are working.  If you don’t have a system for everything that they are doing then you are most likely losing money and time on how they are working.  I like to put multiple teams or people to the same task and ask them to solve the same daily tasks and see what they do.  I may tell one to try to do it faster or however, they want to do it.  It helps to see professionals do what they want how they want to do it.  Most teams won’t find anything new, but some will create a faster more efficient warehouse and end up saving you tons of money. 

Be kind to all your shipping providers as well.  These men and women actually are the heart of your company.  So get to know them and help them out if you can. If they like to have boxes stacked one way to pick up then oblige them.  They keep your packages safe and ensure your shipping supplies get to where they are going safely. So be kind and be smart with them.