In today’s challenging market, your success can be based on whether your warehouse operation is productive and effective enough to meet your expectations and those of your customers. We are regularly asked to benchmark the cost of a prospective customer’s warehouse so that they can compare this data against outsourcing their operation. These costs can come as a surprise, especially when we analyse each and every related cost (including the hidden ones), and compare with a simple like for like.
Key areas that should be evaluated in any warehouse and are critical aspects of any fulfilment operation are the labour, the warehouse and site, procedures and processes and systems.
In the first steps of assessing a customer’s warehouse operation, we would be able to form initial opinions as to the level of productivity and service.
When we have analysed the above – and more – it may be that we feel that no changes are necessary and your operation is working as effectively and efficiently as it can. Otherwise, we might ask you: where can you get the biggest improvements from the smallest number of changes? And would this operation work better, be more productive, be more efficient and cost less if it were outsourced? We can then demonstrate, with accurate data, that this could indeed be the case.