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Even when everything in the warehouse is seemingly working efficiently, how does a distributor continue to improve? The warehouse may already be using good picking strategies, have implemented effective processes, and invested in state-of-the-art racking solutions. But even with these aspects in place, which will undoubtedly work together to optimise throughput and performance, a warehouse can always do more.
Conducting a time and motion study in the warehouse can really optimise operations to improve productivity and boost financial performance. It can show exactly where within the warehouse investment should be made
so that improvement gains can be realised. An investment in new software or hardware has an initial outlay, but a cost-benefit analysis may show that the returns on that investment can be reaped in a short amount of time, with considerable gains to be made thereafter.