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The Importance of Signs and Labels for Maximum Warehouse Efficiency

Posted by Reid Curley on Oct 21, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The Importance of Signs and Labels for Maximum Warehouse EfficiencyNever underestimate the power of a sign. With a few words, an image, and the proper placement, a single sign can quickly communicate a directive, direction, or desired action. It can intuitively educate the uninformed. It can quickly convey a complicated message in a simple way.

Let's explore how planned signs and labels can help you maximize the efficiency of your warehouse.

Signs Improve Visibility of Key Products and Warehouse Locations

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line – but only if the person making the trip knows with precision where they are going.

Installing warehouse aisle signs, flat signs, floor signs, and rack labels let your employees know exactly where they are and where they need to go in order to fulfill their task. Signs can be color coded, making it possible for your employees to identify them from far away; or they can be fitted with long-range scanning solutions, which makes it possible for your employees to scan them from forklifts that aren’t necessarily nearby. When signs are properly placed, they take far less time to scan – which saves you time. And time is always money.

Signs Increase Supply Chain Efficiency

Warehouses are all about moving out the old and moving in the new, and that process is a lot quicker when effective signs are in place. Proper signage helps eliminate fulfillment errors by ensuring that the worker is in the right place and picking the right materials for each order. This can have a significant impact on warehouse time management, your overall customer satisfaction rates, and your overall margins.

Signs can also eliminate traffic jams in the warehouse aisles by helping workers take the most direct routes. Managers can also use signs to help workers plan efficient systems for picking and putting away inventory.

Signs Make Your Warehouse Safer

Unsafe warehouses will never be efficient warehouses, and signs help keep your warehouse safe. Installing signs that remind your employees about important safety practices, policies, and protocols help keep employees from getting hurt on the job. Keeping experienced employees on the job means you’re spending less time training new employees and more time fulfilling orders.

The key to using signs effectively is to create ones that are simple, consistent, and powerful. If you do it right, you’ll see an increase in product visibility, a more efficient supply chain, and a safer warehouse, which all adds up to increased warehouse efficiency.

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Reid Curley

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