For today’s topic, I’m discussing warehouse moves. A warehouse move is in regards to moving an operation from one location to another, adding an additional location or consolidating locations into one. I have experienced multiple warehouse moves in my career and they can be incredibly stressful times especially when a company is just growing to the point of expansion and setting the course for their future. With the growth of e-commerce and distribution in general, companies are expanding the distribution footprint constantly so I thought it would be a good time to share some of my insights. While a move will never be perfect, I wanted to share some tips that I have learned over my career that will help to make your move smoother.
My Warehouse Move Tips
- You cannot move without a plan.
- Create a plan that involves the teams who will be executing
- Make the plan make senses for your capabilities (system, space, transportation, headcount)
- A plan that is not followed is pointless
- Do not underestimate the time and resources needed
- Inventory counts
- Get rid of any obsolete or non-moving stock before hand – do not move trash
- Ensure you have the most accurate inventory you can achieve before moving
- If possible do a physical in the building you are exiting
- Count with employees that you trust to have accurate counts
- Transfer from problems from one building to the next will only cause more issues
- Count on the way in
- Standardize and train beforehand
- Make sure that your standard work is in place at the new facility before inventory reaches the docks
- If all new staff ensure that they are trained on the processes
- Make sure the put away process and flow is totally understood
- Adjust the flow of goods as needed
- Some items take longer to put away
- Adjust the amount of inventory coming on a daily basis if there is a back up
- Do not create an overwhelming situation for the receiving warehouse
- Think about the way the product is being sent
- Do not stress and you will get there
- The move will happen and it needs to happen
- Work your plan and adjust the flow as needed
- Do not create an overwhelming situation for all parties
- Manage the expectations of leadership and understand deadlines
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