Tidy warehouses improve productivity, experts say

In a fast-paced retail market, warehouses have become an integral part of a business’ success. Full of hundreds of items ready to be shipped to customers, warehouses are arguably just as important as physical shops.

According to Midland Pallet Trucks, one of the country’s leading retailers of manual handling equipment, making sure warehouses are tidy and in order is imperative for maintaining productivity to meet the needs of customers and ensure a business’ success, regardless of whether the business has a presence on the high street, or if it sells solely online.

Phil Chesworth, director of Midland Pallet Trucks, said: “As an online-only business, we completely rely on our warehouse to ensure smooth and swift delivery for our customers from order to shipment. And as online shopping becomes even more prominent, the benefits of organised and tidy warehouses cannot be underestimated, whether businesses receive 10 or 1000 orders daily.”

Ensuring warehouses are well labelled and directed can significantly improve the productivity of staff, as it minimises the time wasted by employees looking for stock. This is especially important during times of retail and economic uncertainty.

Helping to get products from order to dispatch in the fastest time possible, businesses may also be able to exceed the expectation of their customers, and as a result, encourage them to return and recommend them to others.

Furthermore, tidy workspaces have also been proven to improve employee health and happiness while minimising stress. “Helping to make multiple sick days a thing of the past, tidy warehouses and work areas can actually save a business money, while boosting income from returning customers,” added Chesworth.