Starting a Warehouse

Starting a warehouse takes a lot of work. A warehouse startup, or warehouse implementation, is the process of organizing and launching a new warehouse, distribution center, fulfillment center, or whatever the organization calls it. This means developing the processes, finding the site, hiring the people, equipping the operation, and enabling the new organization to receive … Read more

Warehouse Process Basics – Putaway

The warehouse basic process of Putaway is after receiving and before picking. This is also called stowing and may be known by other terminology as well. But the idea remains the same: put inventory into the warehouse. Description The warehouse needs to put all that received inventory somewhere. The process to accomplish this is putaway … Read more

Warehouse Process Basics – Receiving

Receiving is the first process in the warehouse’s four walls. It is the sequence of steps to unload inventory, inspect it, transfer it systematically to the warehouse, and stage it for putaway. Process Steps Receiving starts when a truck is docked at a door. Employees then open the truck and unload the freight. The receivers … Read more

Efficiency in Shift Changeovers

Part of warehouse efficiency is effective supervision. Most warehouse and distribution center shift work is defined by fixed periods of work for their teams. These periods of work – the shifts – are the basic unit of supervisor output. So supervisor management of the shifts is very important to managing labor cost. The setup of … Read more