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The Importance of Maintaining Warehouse Performance (For Warehousing Practitioners)


Warehouses are not living creatures such as humans, animals or plants. The barn does not require eating, drinking or bathing in the same way that a person takes care of his pets or plants. 

However, the warehouse still requires special treatment so that the warehouse can provide the conditions expected for comfort in working and safe for storing goods.

With the creation of comfort and security in a warehouse, the performance it will produce will be even better.

In an effort to create comfortable and safe warehouse conditions, there are 13 ways to manage warehouses that you can practice, including:

1. Routine reporting data

2. Walls, roofs, floors

3. Toilet and canteen cleanliness

4. Pallets, shelves

5. Forklifts , hand pallet, loading dock

6. Lighting, music

7. Air ventilation and temperature

8. Accuracy of goods placement

9. Safety of goods on picking faces

10. Rats, flies and other insects

11. First aid kit and safety posters/banners

12. Procedure receipt and delivery of goods (SOP)

13. Work clothes and work safety equipment

And to provide a further description of the thirteen methods above, please refer to the following review to completion.

1. Data routine reporting 

Generating a report seems to be a trivial matter. What is the use of warehouse performance data presented regularly on employee bulletin boards?

Some say that later it will bring disgrace to those who read it or do they seem arrogant? The purpose of the inclusion of these achievements is as a measure of how far the achievements or failures that occur in the warehouse.

If all employees know the actual conditions regarding the performance of their warehouse, then a strong operational team will certainly take a strategic step to carry out the next plan.

2.Walls, roofs, floors

Security is a mandatory requirement that must be guaranteed 100%, because security is one type of service expected by warehouse users.

Make sure the warehouse walls are in good condition, not perforated or easy to enter, remove goods and people. Also make sure that the walls of the shed are not fragile so they can easily fall over.

The condition of the warehouse roof also needs to be checked so that it is safe from leaks when it rains. The right time to find out the condition of the warehouse roof is when it rains, so look for water droplets and immediately note where the leak occurs to be repaired.

The warehouse floor is also a basic requirement in ensuring the cleanliness and safety of goods. A dirty and dusty floor will definitely make things easy to get dirty and dusty. It also affects employee health problems.

Meanwhile, perforated or corrugated floors need signs so that forklifts or hand pallets do not pass through.

3. Cleanliness of toilets and canteens

"To see the quality of a warehouse, look at the condition of the bathroom or toilet."

These wise words may be a good idea to apply in all warehouses. The cleanliness of toilets, canteens and other employee facilities does directly affect warehouse performance, but indirectly creates excellent moral and physical support for employees and other warehouse visitors. Actually it's not too difficult to create this cleanliness, the key is discipline and control is done well

4. Pallets

Shelves that protrude nails on pallets are often considered normal. Even though this nail can cause fatal events to the goods placed on it and possibly also to employees who happen to step on the pallet. The protruding nails also directly reduce the bonding strength of the wood on the pallet and this is certainly very dangerous.

On the other hand, dust from pallet droppings can also cause items to become dirty and possibly contaminated.

In addition, sometimes shelves without 'pretentious' nails stuck to the poles may also be considered normal, even though this is very dangerous. 

As with pallets - without these pretentious nails, the bond strength between the iron racks becomes weak when the forklift lifts the pallet from the rack and if it touches the rack above it can be fatal.

5.Forklifts, Hand pallets, loading docks

Maintenance of warehouse equipment such as forklifts, hand pallets and loading dock areas that are carried out regularly and on a scheduled basis will provide a 'guarantee' of work safety and security for warehouse employees.

Make sure all maintenance and handling procedures for your warehouse work equipment are always in top condition before use.

6. Lighting lamps, music

Scientifically the light required for lighting warehouses is at least 200 lumens.

Appropriate lighting will provide certainty in the preparation of goods when the picker reads from the picking list to the intended shelf or also ensures that the shelves are clearly visible.

Some warehouses are recommended to play songs that are 'upbeat' and not lilting or too romantic.

Avoid playing songs that are just someone's favorite or songs that are too catchy. In this case the type of instrumental can be an alternative that can be chosen.

7.  Air Ventilation and Temperature

Make sure there are no air vents that are blocked by goods or covered by something that interferes with the smooth circulation of air in the warehouse. 

If necessary, ensure that the temperature of the warehouse space is always recorded and controlled to be adjusted to the standard temperature of the goods stored. 

Even in the chemical industry, for example, there are types of goods that must always be stored at a certain temperature to prevent explosions, or in the consumer goods industry there are types of goods that require special temperatures so that the texture and color of the goods are not damaged.

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