Adopting Lean warehouse management practices, particularly in collaboration with other members of the supply chain, offers an organisation significant opportunities to reduce inventory investment, optimize inventory turns and maximise resource efficiencies.
A lean warehouse allows organisations to serve customers faster with:
- less space
- less inventory
- more accuracy
We all know of inherent wasteful activities in warehousing such as defects; over stocking; over checking; re-packing; obsolete stocks; shortages; drivers waiting etc. Applying Lean in a warehouse environment refers to the streamlining of warehouse processes and practices in order to improve efficiencies and performance, minimise transactions, eliminate process waste, reduce total cost of inventory and working as an integrated team to provide optimal value to internal and external customers.