WHAT IS WAREHOUSING?
Most people probably knows what a warehouse is –a place where you store things waiting to move them somewhere else. But what about the -ing part? In this blog post we will help you answer the question: What is warehousing and explain why it is so important to manage your warehousing as efficiently as possible.
What is warehousing and its functions?
The concept of warehousing can be described as the sum of all the deliberate activities taking place in a warehouse in its daily operations. Or, put differently, all the warehouse processes necessary to perform the main functions of a warehouse. These functions can be divided into 6 categories:
- Receiving. Where incoming goods is received, checked and labeled.
- Put-away. Placing the received goods in storage, in a way that makes picking efficient.
- Storage. Designing the warehouse in a way that is space-effienct and process-effiecient.
- Picking. Automated or manual picking of orders, B2B or directly to consumer.
- Packing. Packing the picked items in boxes, safely and with as little air as possible.
- Shipping. Transferring the packed boxes to transport company and checking them out.
What is the importance of warehousing?To the consumer, warehousing is a hidden part of the supply chain, but non the less very important. Warehousing generates huge costs, in space, equipment, and people, and being efficient in your warehouse operations is crucial for the bottom line.
One way to improve efficiency in warehousing is investing in a professional warehouse management system, to optimize and control your warehouse. Some of the advantages of running a well-managed warehouse are:
- Lower costs
- Faster deliveries
- Less picking errors = fewer returns
- Better working environment
- Improved sustainability with less shipped air