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Martin Murray

Inefficient Processes In The Warehouse

By February 15, 2013

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warehouse scanner Intermec, the manufacturer of handheld scanners and RFID readers, surveyed over 250 supply chain, warehouse and distribution managers in the United Kingdom and found that warehouse employees are wasting time due to inefficient processes. The Intermec survey found that on average each warehouse employee was wasting 15 minutes per eight hour shift, which equates to 3,000 hours a year due to unproductive workflows.

Over a quarter of the managers surveyed believe the most inefficient process in the warehouse is inventory control (26 percent), closely followed by packing and unloading (20 percent) and picking (18 percent). The supply chain managers overwhelmingly agreed that this lost time due to inefficient processes could be reclaimed if their companies invested in new technology for the warehouse.

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February 20, 2013 at 5:08 am
(1) Steve Gold says:

I work at a company which has a number of warehouses across Europe. Each location has its own ways of doing things, some are particularly inefficient and tend to work with processes that have not changed for decades. Some locations were given barcode readers and still they do not use them. It is very difficult to change processes with some workforces.

February 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm
(2) Gavin H Cohen says:

I work for a company with little technology in the warehouse. We have a few old barcode readers, but we are not good at printing bar codes, as well as reading them. We had tried a ERP solution to replace an old WMS standalone system, but it was not able to replicate what we do and the warehouse staff aren’t the greatest when it comes to technology.

February 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm
(3) Jessica Howell says:

As a warehouse manager for a number of years I can tell you that some processes are hard to implement and those that have the most technology associated with them, are the hardest. The opposition to technology is understandable, no one likes change, but it can be made easier with change management tools and good training.

February 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm
(4) Susan Ann Smith says:

Our warehouse is run by a third party and they employ many people who do not speak or read any English. This is making our warehouse very inefficient as our warehouse uses SAP EWM and it is only available in English. Even the picking slips are in English so the warehouse manager has to write all over the pick slips in Spanish. Total waste of resources.

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