Every business continually feels the pressure to reduce warehouse and distribution costs and improve customer service. A warehouse benchmarking study we recently conducted reveals that average warehouse costs are 4.78 % of Annual Net Sales.
Improving productivity, efficiencies, and product workflow in all departments will directly reduce labor, occupancy, and shipping expenses. It also has a positive effect on customer service levels and inventory control. In order to improve you must constantly assess and refocus improvement efforts in various areas of the distribution center. This is where a warehouse assessment or distribution center audit comes into play.
We assist our clients by conducting an objective, independent warehouse assessment to identify all areas of potential improvement. We corroboratively work with our clients to develop well-focused actionable, detailed recommendations to implement industry best practices. We interview distribution center leads, managers and supervisors to better understand the current processes and issues being faced and combine them with what we observe during the site visit.
These recommendations can be immediately implemented into your current distribution center or into a future location. Our recommendations will boost your productivity, increase efficiencies and improve product workflow in your distribution center; all which can reduce your overall warehouse expenses and cost 10% to 20%.
We focus the scope of the operations assessment on areas that you identify as needing to be improved upon. We conduct an onsite visit to understand your company culture, product mix, order profiles, warehouse management system (and peripheral systems), etc. used to support the operation, and your service levels guaranteed to the customer.
During the warehouse assessment, we work with the client to:
All of our recommendations for improvement are delivered back to you in a detailed, actionable report that will be your roadmap for immediately implementing these solutions developed through conducting the operations assessment.