Three Summer Warehousing Best Practices for School Districts

Posted by Matt Berringer on July 30, 2014

WarehousingImproving a warehousing operation is a complex endeavor that can be approached from any number of angles. Here are three ways you can improve your daily warehousing operations:

  1. Organize Accordingly. Divide your facility by zones based on the pick type. Creating zones will simplify order picking and re-slotting because similar items with similar storage and picking methods will be grouped together. This allows pickers to locate items more easily. Moving your fastest-moving SKUs into the waist-to-shoulder or “wheelhouse” area is another way to increase picking productivity and improve order picker ergonomics. Additionally, it may be beneficial to cluster the 20 percent of your SKUs that account for 80 percent of your orders together.
  2. Streamline Operations with Automation Technology. Order pickers spend approximately 60 percent of their time moving product around. Automation is a great way to dramatically reduce this percentage and become more efficient. Consider the use of software systems and robotics in order to streamline warehouse operations. Robotic applications that were once exclusive to manufacturing are now frequently and affordably being applied to distribution, picking, packing, etc. Labor management software can help you gain control of costs that would otherwise be unknown, which will enable you to visualize, understand, and take command of labor costs. Handling your labor resources correctly can be the difference between an adequate operation and a good one. Systems such as eFinancePLUS and BusinessPLUS can be used to easily automate and organize all of your day-to-day financial accounting and purchasing processes. eFinancePLUS and BusinessPLUS provide an intuitive processing center in order to make it easier for staff to manage daily fiscal operations.
  3. Measure, Measure, Measure. W. Edwards Deming once said, “In God we trust, all others bring data.” If you are running a warehouse without keeping extensive records and taking measurements, then you are simply hoping for the best. BusinessPLUS and eFinancePLUS are two systems that are great for measuring a district’s day-to-day fiscal and warehouse activity. BusinessPLUS and eFinancePLUS store inventory accounts for items that are being held in inventory until needed by an office or sold to an outside third party. Work Order Management is included within both systems. The system provides the capability to requisition from stock, process approvals, generate pick pack lists, and reorder quantities. These systems effectively measure warehouse and financial activities on a day-to-day basis. This process offers a more controlled and in-depth look at your warehouse and financial operations.

Managing warehouses can be an insurmountable task for school districts, but not with SunGard K-12 eFinancePLUS and BusinessPLUS software solutions. To learn more, sign up for a demonstration today.

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