Take the following questionnaire to assess your warehouse operations. If you answer Yes to 15 or more questions, give yourself a pat on the back. On the other hand, if you have 10 or more No answers, there are definitely opportunities for improvements. Remember a well run warehouse saves the company money and provides excellent customer service.
20 Question Quiz – Warehouse Operations
|Are initiatives to improve warehouse efficiency regularly considered and acted on?
|Is the receiving department properly notified in advance of all inbound shipments and customer returns?
|Is the slotting and storage space preplanned based on the advanced receiving notices?
|Are appropriate and efficient methods for material handling in place?
|Is double handling of material excessive?
|Is there a process in place to reconcile outbound shipments with the customer orders?
|Are cycle counts (spot checks) regularly completed to audit the accuracy of inventory records?
|Are there documented warehouse operating procedures that are current and on file?
|Is there a current Auto CAD drawing of the warehouse layout available and in use?
|Is the optimal storage space being utilized considering the types of products being warehoused, storage methods and material handling requirements?
|Are the shipping and receiving staging areas properly sized so that they support the outbound/inbound work processes?
|Is there a safety and accident prevention program in effect?
|Are the warehouse operators properly qualified to perform their assigned functions?
|Are there a set of operating metrics in place that can be used to monitor the performance of the warehouse?
|Does the warehouse manager properly plan and schedule work on a daily/weekly basis?
|Is the order cycle time (receipt of order to time of shipment) under 48 hours?
|Is there a policy in place to monitor inventory levels (i.e. weeks of supply and inventory turns)?
|Are the products and pick bin locations been properly located (slotted) in order to ensure efficient order processing?
|Are the shipping errors less than 1 % of the total shipments?
|Is the warehouse using bar coding, scanning and RF technology to support operations and inventory control?