Ten Guidelines for Effective Warehouse Management

Ten Guidelines for Effective Warehouse Management

Efficiency in warehouse management is essential to cutting costs, increasing production, and preserving customer happiness. Warehouse management is a fundamental part of any successful corporate operation.

We’ll provide 10 tips in this blog article to assist you increase the effectiveness of your business and streamline your warehouse management procedures.

1. Establish a warehouse management programme (WMS)
Your warehouse operation can be more efficiently run by using a WMS, from selecting and shipping to receiving and storage. A WMS can increase efficiency, decrease labour costs, and improve accuracy by using real-time data and automated operations.

2. Make use of cross-docking
Cross-docking is the practise of instantly transferring incoming items from delivery trucks onto departing vehicles rather of holding them in a warehouse. By doing away with the requirement for storage and shortening the handling process, this can save time and money.

3. Adopt the Lean Principles
Warehouse operations can benefit from the application of lean concepts like waste elimination and continuous improvement. Process simplification, inventory reduction, and improved departmental communication are some examples of this.

4. Optimally Layout the Warehouse
A well-planned warehouse architecture may enhance product flow, cut down on employee travel time, and boost overall productivity. When planning the layout of your warehouse, take into account elements like product weight and size, usage patterns, and order picking techniques.

5. Automate Processes

Automation can greatly improve efficiency in the warehouse by reducing manual labor, improving accuracy, and reducing the risk of human error. Consider automating processes such as inventory management, order picking, and packing.

6.Utilize Mobile Technology

Mobile technology, such as barcode scanning and mobile devices, can help streamline processes and increase accuracy in the warehouse. This can include real-time data access, improved communication, and the ability to quickly locate products.

7.Train Employees

Properly trained employees can greatly improve efficiency in the warehouse. Invest in training programs to ensure employees understand processes, safety protocols, and the use of technology.

8.Utilize Slotting

Slotting involves organizing products in the warehouse based on frequency of use and size, with the most frequently used items in the most accessible locations. This can reduce travel time for employees and improve picking efficiency.

9. Keep the Warehouse Organized and Clean
A well-kept warehouse can enhance product flow, lower the chance of accidents, and boost productivity. Your warehouse management practise should include frequent cleaning and organisation.

10. Track and Examine Performance
You can find opportunities for improvement in your warehouse operation by tracking and evaluating performance data. This may involve keeping track of indicators like order correctness, picking speed, and worker productivity.

In conclusion, increasing warehouse efficiency is essential for lowering costs, boosting production, and preserving customer happiness. You may enhance operational efficiency by streamlining procedures, lowering labour expenses, and applying these 10 warehouse management best practises.

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Direct port delivery (DPD) scheme. Advantage or Disadvantage?

What is DPD (Direct port delivery) scheme?

The Central government introduced a programme to speed up delivery of cargo containers to importers/consignees to check extra cost and time involved in the clearances by introducing the so-called direct port delivery (DPD) scheme at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Chennai Port, spurred by a report from the World Bank on ease of doing business.

DPD allows importers/consignees to take delivery of the containers directly from the port terminals and haul them to factories without taking them first to a CFS and from there to factories. An importer is thus assured clearance of cargo in less than 48 hours under DPD as against an average of seven days if routed through a CFS. A CFS is an off-dock facility licensed by the Customs Department to help decongest a port by shifting containerized cargo and carrying out customs-related activities outside the port area. Due to Customs procedures and space constraints at many of India’s ports, Customs clearance happens at the CFS. JNPT was designed on the CFS model. In late 2016, the government directed JNPT and Customs to raise the proportion of DPD first from 3 per cent to 40 per cent and later to 70 per cent.

DPD Advantage or Disadvantage?

Top logistics firms, including listed entities that have invested thousands of crores to set up and run container freight stations (CFSs) near India’s container ports, face an uncertain future. Firms such as Allcargo Logistics Ltd, Navkar Corporation Ltd, Gateway Distriparks Ltd, Container Corporation of India Ltd (Concor) and Balmer & Lawrie Co Ltd are among the 33 CFSs operating near JNPT. In fact, Navkar went public in 2015 purely on the strength of its CFS business.


Most of the stakeholders in the export-import logistics chain say that the DPD is an excellent concept, but are critical of the way it is being implemented, mainly because it will hurt their business. The government has targeted CFSs to fasten import clearances because this intermediary, it feels, takes the longest time, as much as 8-9 days, in completing all procedures. The long cargo dwell time in CFSs automatically adds to transaction costs, says the government. CFS operators say that the longer dwell time attributed to them is not of their own making. “Importers prefer to keep containers in the CFSs and move them to factories according to their inventory requirements. CFS is the safest and cheapest way of storing containers,” says a CFS executive.

There are some 33 CFSs in Nhava Sheva and another 150 across India. “What’s going to happen to the CFS business, which has seen some ₹10,000 crore investment as a sector, generating employment of a couple of lakhs? The government is saying that CFSs are bad and overnight they have to change. It’s become a completely unviable model. So, what do you do with it? How do you re-engineer? Has the government given that a thought,” asks a CFS operator.

On its part, the government wants CFSs to transform into modern warehouses for doing value-added services, which the CFS industry says would require more floor space index (FSI). ”We dont have the FSI for it,” said the chief executive of a privately run CFS in JNPT area. CFSs, mostly large yards for stacking containers, have a FSI of 0.3 or 0.4. Will the government permit us to have more FSI? Will we be treated again as a sunrise sector by offering tax breaks so that we can re-invent our business model from scratch or should we become terminally sick,” he asked.