With the start of the new year, it is worth while to review your warehouse inventory  procedures to make sure things are running as efficiently as possible. After the rush of the holiday season, inventory can become disorganized and procedures neglected. I’ve compiled a short checklist to help get your warehouse management procedures back on track.

  1. Know your high sellers

You can save a lot of labor time by placing your high volume items closer to the to shipping area. The high volume inventory should still be well organized and out of the way, but also easily accessible.

  1. Utilize cycle counts

Don’t wait until the annual physical inventory count comes to perform regular inventory control audits. Perform cycle counts and analyze their discrepancies to perfect the time it should take you to go through all locations. It’s good to have cycle counts go through all locations every quarter so that you have a more accurate back-office system.

  1. Minimize unauthorized traffic

Ever see unfamiliar people wandering around your warehouse? Maybe it’s a lost pizza delivery guy or one of the sales guys coming to grab something he shouldn’t. To make it clear who should be in your warehouse and who shouldn’t, give your employees some kind of identifier to wear. It could be a badge or even just a certain color t-shirt.

  1. Make room for receiving

A lot of inventory errors can happen at receiving if inventory management personnel don’t have enough space to work.  Avoid giving them a small office at the end of the room. Eliminating receiving errors will relieve you from all kinds of ugly issues later in the selling cycle, like losing time, money and credibility.

  1. Use signs

Make signs and labels to direct your personnel through your warehouse and help them find the inventory fast and easy. Ideally, this will keep newer employees from having to continually bother supervisors by asking for directions.