Running a warehouse and distribution operation isnt as easy as receiving product in and sending product out. As one of a business’s biggest liabilities, thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock needs to be managed, secured and customers (internal & external) need to receive what they ordered, and delivered when they require it.
A Warehouse efficiency audit / assessment provides an independent view of your logistics operation and a thorough report of issues and observations from an experienced operations and systems consultant. Usually, an audit reviews every facet of an operation and recommends action items to address each of the identified issues.
A complete assessment report is prepared by Logistics Consult Ltd. It defines the issues that are limiting the operation’s effectiveness. It describes the operational impacts of the issues, and it prioritizes the issues based on the most severe operational impact. The audit report also offers recommendations.
It is also important to understand what an efficiency audit from Logistics Consult is NOT. It is not a “cookie-cutter” approach with some pre-determined checklist prepared by someone who has never seen your operation. It is not a low cost approach to identify the problems and then sell you a project for developing the recommendations. It is not a “loss leader” training exercise for junior consultants. The comprehensive efficiency audit report is not “consultant boiler plate” tailored to fit your operation and everybody else’s. An efficiency audit from Logistics Consult is thorough, analytical as well as observational, process-oriented, and complete with recommendations. It is 100% specific and confidential to your operation.
While a few of the recommendations will require additional data and analysis before implementation, many of the recommendations can be implemented in the short term.
You’ll be surprised what can be done in a relatively short period of time!
Warehouse efficiency audit areas of review and deliverables
A complete set of data analyses to establish the basis for measuring continuous improvement. This includes order profile, inventory profile, productivity profile, and other operating ratios.
Each functional area, receiving. Order picking through distribution plus inventory control
Facility capacity and throughput (current and optimum)
Operational layout and material flow
Systems functional capabilities and performance
Productivity analyses (staff)
Storage and handling equipment
Customer service performance metrics
Safety, security, and housekeeping
Identification and prioritization of opportunities for improvement
Development of recommendations for improvement
We have found over the years some of the simplest changes to process can have the greatest benefit to your bottom line and your customer service.