Create a More Efficient Warehouse with an Apparel 3PL Provider

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An efficient warehouse helps you meet client and customer expectations and minimize your operating costs. When your warehouse operates efficiently, your products are more likely to be packed accurately and shipped on time. Adopt the following strategies to maximize your apparel warehouse’s efficiency.

Simplify Your Warehouse Processes

Take a critical look at the processes involved in your warehouse operations. Is the flow logical to you? How many steps are involved? Can you reduce the steps? Generally speaking, the fewer steps in any operating process, the more efficient and cost-effective it will be, according to Curt Barry of MultiChannel Merchant. With every additional step, there are opportunities for mistakes. Always strive for simplicity.

Make Use of All Available Space

You’re paying for your entire warehouse, so taking advantage of all the space it affords is essential for efficiency. Before you consider purchasing or leasing a larger warehouse, cast a critical eye over your current warehouse and consider whether you’re making the best use of all the space available to you.

Vertical space is often underutilized in warehouses. Sometimes all it takes is taller storage units and vertical lifts to access high spaces to make better use of your existing premises. These additions are usually much more cost-effective than larger or additional warehouses.

Small items stored on pallet racks are easily misplaced. Different products are located more easily when you employ a variety of shelving and use the storage solution that suits each type of product best.

Consider Automating Operations

It might seem scary to think about trusting robots to work in our warehouses, but research suggests automation is the way of the future. WinterGreen Research’s Industrial Logistics Robots report suggests sales of robots for warehouse functions including logistics, packaging, palletizing, and material handling will reach $31.3 billion by 2020. Amazon and Walmart are two major retailers reaping the rewards of automation.

Robots can work quickly and accurately for a prolonged period of time, unlike humans who can tire mentally and physically. They can also potentially lift and transport heavy goods faster than humans. Despite their advantages, experts suggest it’s unlikely human warehouse workers will become obsolete. Instead, they’re likely to work alongside warehouse robots.

Outsource to a Quality 3PL Provider

You can benefit from the years of experience quality third-party logistics (3PL) providers have in efficiently managing their own warehouse facilities when you partner with them. In addition, niche 3PL provider warehouses often have more efficient industry-specific equipment. For example, Apparel Logistics’s clothing warehouse features conveyors, pick-to-light, tilt-tray sorting, and a garment on hanger rail system. Partnering with a 3PL provider in your sector can help you access warehouse facilities for managing your products better.

3PL providers also locate warehouses close to transport facilities. For example, Apparel Logistics’s warehouse is minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and close to other major Texas ports. This location helps clothing leaving Apparel Logistics reach customers sooner.

If your warehouse doesn’t operate as efficiently as you’d like, it may be time to outsource. You can trust Apparel Logistics with all your apparel warehousing needs. Complete our online consultation form to learn more about our warehousing capabilities.

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