How many times have you thought, “I need a bigger inventory storeroom?” You might say that every time you get a new shipment of stock. A business that grows needs more room for inventory but it also needs a storeroom that is organized from top to bottom. Before you move into a huge warehouse, start with these smart storeroom organizing tips and see how much room that will open up:
Use Stackable Shelf Bins
Depending on the type of inventory you’re carrying, you might benefit from utilizing stackable shelf bins. These can also be color coordinated to fit the various items you’re stocking. They might also be more practical them keeping everything in the cardboard box that it arrived in.
Make the Shipping Station Efficient
If shipping inventory out from your storeroom is part of your business, then this area needs a to be focused on efficiency. Break down each step of the shipping process from box building to label making. Are all the materials located within easy reach of the station? Would it help to pre-build boxes? What is part of the packing process that holds up the line the most? Anywhere you can tighten up the process will help with the efficiency.
Place Like Items Together
Again, this speaks to the type of inventory you’re carrying but it makes sense to group things together. In a furniture storeroom, there should be one aisle for chairs, one aisle for tables, one aisle for beds, etc. The goal is to be able to send in any employee to retrieve what is needed without having to ask for directions.
Keep it Clean
There are two approaches you can take with keeping a clean storeroom. Both have merit. The first is the “clean as you go” system. This means any mess that is created with packing and unpacking, gets cleaned the moment the mess is created. The other option would be to stop all work a half-hour before a shift ends and dedicate that time to cleaning everything. Your workers will be in a better position to tell you what works best for them.
Beyond the trash, there could also be a lot more clutter and rubbish that should be removed from your storeroom. This is when you might want to bring in outside help from a company like Junk King Worcester. They’ll be able to haul away all the damaged and unsellable inventory. There is no reason to hold onto it if it can’t ever be sold. Regular rubbish removal sessions with Junk King Worcester will go a long way towards keeping your storeroom clean and organized.