For some businesses, summer is by far their busiest. That means your employees are picking up overtime shifts, suppliers are making more drop-offs than usual and it is easy for things to become chaotic. If your busy season is here, it is time to start thinking about how you can optimize your order picking and retrievals so that you don’t fall behind.
Give Workers Incentives
Make sure everyone stays safe and on schedule by offering up some enticing incentives. This could be a bonus for no injuries for the busy season or even a special award to someone for working harder. Anything you can do to motivate will help you keep up.
Make Sure Everything in the Warehouse is Efficient
It is bets to get your efficiency up before your busy season, but also inspect your layout and warehouse operations now to make sure you’re on point. That means having the mezzanines clear and ready for additional loads, your conveyor platform is safe and operational and any automated systems are up to date.
Keep Shifts Normal
Avoid splitting up shifts or adding extra shifts. Instead, keep the shifts normal and hire temporary workers if you need to fill the gaps. Splitting up shifts can make it difficult for employees and you run the risk of having too many people in the warehouse at once.
Do Not Forget Safety
It is easy for safety practices to go out the window during a busy season, but you need to make sure that you keep safety at the forefront of your operation. If anyone is using a forklift, make sure they are trained and certified to do so. When people are at the top of a conveyor platform, they should be ready to accept the loads.
It is easy to get through your busiest season as long as you are prepared. If you don’t think you’ll have the storage for this busy season, contact the team at Mezzanines by Design today. We can help you create a new storage solution that expands your warehouse so you can take on the bigger inventory load.