Top warehouse challenges and what to do about them

Today’s consumers are more demanding than ever, so, it’s vital that your warehouse is managed in the most efficient way possible. But managing stock and minimising waste takes effort, and without the proper processes, stock issues, hold-ups, and lost or misplaced products are likely to be an ongoing problem. Worse, an inefficient warehouse will have a knock-on effect on your wider business; often leading to frustrated employees, poor service and angry customers.

Luckily help is at hand. Here are some of the top challenges faced by warehouses across the UK, and what you can do about them.

  1. Limited storage space

Making space for every product you might need can be a problem. Especially for growing businesses who can’t yet afford to invest in a larger warehouse. Furthermore, large warehouses bring an additional set of challenges such as high energy bills and decreased efficiencies due to the time needed to travel across the floor to pick up products and equipment. Add to this the cost of stocking products that might not be required for some time and it becomes clear that warehouse stocking and replenishment needs a smarter approach.

  1. Keeping track of your inventory

It can be challenging to keep track of inventory, particularly when products are coming and going – for example when engineers keep stock in their vehicles. Also, the issue of expiration dates on ageing materials and products can be a real concern; just how do you ensure that the right products are shipped in the correct order so you meet the expectations of customers, but aren’t left with unusable goods?

  1. Outdated systems

Most business that have been running for some time, have legacy systems to help them manage their warehouse operations. But all too often, these systems – which might have been cutting edge at the time of implementation – are now outdated, overly-complex and inefficient. Warehouse ordering and replenishment systems need to meet the way products are moving today, while looking toward the future. But continual investment can be steep, and the hassle of switching to a new system understandably puts many warehouse managers off.

What is the answer?

With a comprehensive stock management system from Service Geeni, from stock, sales, purchasing, and fulfilment, each stage of your operations will be as efficient as possible. With real-time inventory information from anywhere, on any internet enabled device, your employees can check whether the parts and products they need are available. What’s more, by allowing online order processing via mobile devices, they get the parts they need as quickly as possible.

Our stock control system also boasts impressive forecasting, and the ability to manage multiple stock locations. Easy to set maximum, minimum and reorder levels for each item, you’ll always know what’s available, and have all the parts you need. You can also keep track of your stock value and expiration dates.

What’s more, when you combine our stock control software and Mobile Worker app, you can keep track of items between locations and from job to job. Your employees simply select used parts from their van, and this is automatically deducted from your inventory.

Boosting operational efficiencies, our intelligent software has been designed to work with you and your business and it will integrate seamlessly with any 3rd party software you might be using. What’s more, because our system is cloud-based, it can be quickly and easily scaled up to meet your changing requirements. Of course, it also doesn’t require any large-scale infrastructure investment and any new software releases are likely to be cheaper than those purchased via the traditional model with many upgrades made free as standard.

If you want to maximise operational effectiveness, contact us today to find out how we can meet the requirements and budget of your warehouse operation. Easy to get up and running, we’ll work with you to establish what you are trying to achieve, what (if any) customisations have to be made, and how to integrate any existing systems that you need.