By taking time to think of the logistics and refine your processes, you could possibly see financial benefits as well as an impact of your overall efficiency. This article will help you perfect the art of getting things picked, packed, and on their way to your customer from anywhere in the world. Solutions such as proper organization of your shipping stations to creating a workflow can help you succeed and achieve efficient shipping.
Keep Your Shipping Station Organized
To better organize your shipping station, try arranging it by keeping commonly sold items in close proximity. This will help reduce the time it takes to fulfill orders. This saves minutes and seconds and helps reduce the physical impact on your fulfillment personnel.
The ABC Classification Method
By classifying your products as either A, B, or C you can easily evaluate your stock and identify what’s performing well and what’s not.
Group A – Products you ship the most
Group B – Products you ship often
Group C – Products you ship the least
Keep the Right Tools and Supplies Handy
Making sure that you have the right supplies at the all times can ensure you speed and accuracy when packing and shipping your products. Supplies such as these are most important to keep handy in your shipping stations:
- Boxes, bags, envelopes, void material, and small items like scissors and tape
- A wide table or area large enough to accommodate your packages
- You can use a pinboard to keep tools and supplies organized and within easy reach
Resupply Master List
As your shipping center continues to grow it is important to have each packing station set with its own products and tools. By developing a master list of packing material and supplies you can know exactly what you need to reorder.
- Boxes: List each size and the flat size
- Bags and Envelopes: List each size
- Void material: List each type, roll width and diameter or amount of space required for storage
- Miscellaneous supplies: Tapes, labels, envelopes, pens, markers, etc
Use a simple flow chart to clearly map out your packing operation. Defining your operational flow can help give you a visual over view so you can better consolidate and condense all the functions that go into a streamline working model.
Create Your Packing Order Sequence
Once you have the items packed you want to make sure that there is a designated spot to place the products ready to ship. You can set aside either your skid or cart next to the shipping table so your packer doesn’t need to worry about carrying any items but at the same time can still slide them onto a cart heading to your outbound shipping area.
Set Goals and Measure Your Success
After you have established your order sequence, set goals around picking, packing, and shipping speeds. Make decisions on how many packages you would like to ship in a set period of time whether that be per hour, per day, or per week.
As your shipping process kicks into full gear, keep track of your shipping speeds and evaluate them weekly to make sure that numbers meet expectation. If they don’t reevaluate your workflow and see if there are any changes that can be made to help out reach your goals. Let AirSaver help you organize your shipping station to maximize efficiency. Whatever products you ship out, we are here to help you with void fill using our air cushioning systems.