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Best Practices for Raw Materials Management- Part 2 of 2

Best Practices for Raw Materials Management- Part 2 of 2

Continued from the previous post:  Best Practices for Raw Materials Management- Part 1 of 2

Picking and Issuing

Proper labeling and disciplined putaway processes will accurately record the location of raw materials.

Best Practices for Raw Materials Management- Part 1 of 2

Best Practices for Raw Materials Management- Part 1 of 2

Raw materials management is comprised of many functions, each representing a potential landmine, which can and will, blow up your production costs and warehouse efficiencies. Here are the top considerations so you don’t end up with a ticking time bomb on your hands because of poor raw materials management.

How do you pick your customer orders?

How do you pick your customer orders?

Arguably the most important function of any warehouse is fast and accurate picking of customer orders and where we’ve been asked to deploy the most automation. Here’s my take on some of the more popular picking practices used today and the technologies used in each of those pick methods.

1. Order Picking

8 Effective Ways to Putaway

8 Effective Ways to Putaway

Putaway is one of those functions that is put on the backburner when there is a lot of picking, loading or replenishment to do. As a result, aisles become full, fill rates fall, and the warehouse starts to look like a maze of products.

Here are 8 great ideas for putaway success – warning discipline required!

How and When to Label Your Outbound Goods (BONUS: Best Practices for Labeling in your Outbound Process Area)

How and When to Label Your Outbound Goods (BONUS: Best Practices for Labeling in your Outbound Process Area)

Most often people think of labeling involving only finished goods – product that is going out the door to your customer or if you’re a master distributor, your customer’s customer. However, we are going to expand this topic by including work in progress goods that are going to a third party for some work that you can’t do in-house and means this product will come back to you for further work or just warehousing. 

For all outbound labels the key considerations can be boiled down to what needs to go on the label to satisfy: