In the warehouse, we could use tools that make the process smoother and faster. Heck, that’s a fact even when it comes to life. The point is: there’s almost always a way to do something in a shorter amount of time and get even better results, or use less energy so we can focus on what matters.
I’m talking about streamlining everything that can increase productivity; making productivity faster, as it were. Let’s take a look at equipment and tools that should be used in a warehouse to help workers be more productive.
- Safety Equipment
I can think of no better way to maximise the number of shipping loads than staying out of the hospital. Or being sent home for an injury. (Wouldn’t that be such a low-blow to the warehouse’s efficiency?)
That’s why tools that can help keep you safe and out of the ER are your standard-issue safety equipment. Such as goggles, hard-hats in specific areas, wet floor signs and posts, etc.
This may be common knowledge by now, but here’s why that is EXACTLY how it improves productivity: it’s ingrained in our fibres. When you’re trained to use safety equipment and recognise warning posts, the less chance you have to think twice about them.
We’re travelling into the subconscious’ realm, here. If you spend half a second worrying about your safety equipment, because it’s an automatic process… That gives you more time to focus on what matters: meeting the quota and agenda before the workday ends.
- Gravity Conveyors
These puppies make it easy to transfer large items and materials from one end of the warehouse to the other. Not only does this reduce the number of workers needed to carry the items, they’re also less fatigued from carrying and walking. This leaves them able and willing to do much more work during the day – plus, they don’t have to groan and moan about their aches when it’s quitting time. (Always a plus.)
Gravity conveyors are a bit on the expensive side (ranging from $300-1500), depending on the OAW width (10-50”).
Read the full article in the Ground Report here.