Using material handling equipment to move goods

Material handling systems: mistakes to avoid in your warehouse

28 March 2019

Would you like to get the most out of your budget for material handling systems? Do you spend a lot of money replacing them and want to put a stop to this? Don’t worry because you aren’t the only one in this situation. To help you save money in the long run, here we present a list with the main mistakes made in a warehouse and how to avoid them:

Your handling equipment isn’t kept up

A manager must always be vigilant so that maintenance of their machines is done properly. Poor maintenance equals equipment in disrepair.

For this reason, we strongly recommend that you keep a maintenance log for each piece of equipment that you have in your warehouse: forklifts, stackers, stacker cranes, conveyors, etc. Thus, you can quickly detect faulty devices and anticipate the exact service life of your equipment.

Example of a maintenance log
Example of a maintenance log

Your team isn’t properly trained

As you know, some handling equipment, such as forklifts, require special training and a specific driver’s licence. Although this requisite doesn’t affect all material handling systems, we recommend you join your employees when they go learn how to use these equipment.It is vital that you keep up your team’s training. In fact, whether your employee has been part of your team for just a week or years on end, he or she must receive regular training.

Promoting occupational health and safety is in everyone’s best interest and prevents disasters: a duly trained employee works faster than an untrained individual and is more likely to respect the regulations established in his or her business sector and your company.

Forklifts moving goods in a warehouse
Forklifts moving goods in a warehouse

You aren’t in the tech loop

As mentioned before, the world is changing and so is our sector. Fighting technological breakthroughs might not be the best strategy to follow. Consider studying this option before rejecting technology outright.

To make the most of high-tech advances without having to rely on automated storage solutions or rethinking your warehouse’s design from A to Z, know that using warehouse software will let you increase logistics productivity in the following operations:

  • Receipt and dispatch of goods.
  • Tracking and stock management.
  • Workforce optimization: planning, predictions, reports, work analysis of tasks done by logistics personnel, etc.
  • Order prep and picking.
  • Etc.

Your warehouse isn’t automated

Many automated storage and handling solutions are being used to increase productivity in companies, such as conveyors, stacker cranes or motorized shuttles. Logistics automation can mean an efficient way of ending certain problems related to handling equipment use.

These are very common mistakes and, thus, are losing many companies a lot of money. Keep them in mind, and most likely your expenses in material handling systems will fall.