Focus on these 6 tips to create a strong optimisation plan:
1. Outline and Understand your Current Operations
– Review your current processes. Ask your teams whether your processes align with the on-the-ground reality. If not, capture your “as is” processes accurately through process mapping.
2. Determine your Current Storage Needs and Forecast Future Variations
– Ensure accurate stock controls are employed by your teams to fully understand your warehouse use and support picking accuracy. Use your collected and historic data to forecast future warehouse requirements. Liaise with your clients and share data.
3. Determine Weaknesses and improvements
-Examine your “as is” operational reality and determine what is to be improved. Prioritize improvements as critical versus “nice to have”.
4. Identify Alternative Solutions to Maintain Adaptability
– Decide on multiple courses of action in case external or internal factors impede upon your operations or improvement initiatives. For example, if a critical supply chain is volatile state, explore alternatives and plan out the potential impact of worst-case scenarios.
5. Evaluate your Plan Financially and Qualitatively
– Casts can add up when looking to invest in new material or technology-ensure you are aware of and within budget. Likewise, invest in the quality of your operations by ensuring people are kept safe, inventory is not damaged, and people are engaged and on board with your plan. Assigning people to manage tasks can help engage people in your change process.
6. Ensure your Plan is Adoptable and Constantly Evaluated
– A plan is a roadmap. Once you’ve evaluated your plan, make any necessary adjustments. Constantly evaluating and “course correcting” your plan will ensure implementation is smooth and efficient.
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