With rows and rows of aisles and shelves, operating an efficient warehouse can be a difficult and complex task. There is a considerable amount of planning that takes place in the development of a warehouse management process, but rack labeling is a simple and cost-effective way to control inventory.
Facilitating the flow of inventory, keeping products moving rather than sitting in between processes for extended periods of time, is important for operating efficiently. Items sit on shelves for a number of reasons, whether it’s because someone couldn’t find it or because it was forgotten about over time. This idleness causes products to go down in value, limits space in the warehouse, results in over production waste, and ultimately affects the bottom line.
Rack labeling systems commonly utilize industrial vinyl labels with a barcode. Each label has a unique, scannable code that contains important and useful information, like how much inventory is being stored, where it’s being held, and how long it has been in the facility. When an employee scans the barcode, that information is collected and stored, reducing the chance of human error and improving the accuracy of your records. Having a batter understanding of inventory levels will help in the optimization of your production line, make for shorter lead times, reduce the number of damaged products, and free up valuable space.
Locating items in the facility is no longer a pain for workers. With a rack labeling system, they simply scan the barcode to immediately find the aisle number and corresponding rack number. Instead of spending an inordinate amount of time searching for a specific part, employees can find exactly what they need in a matter of minutes with no interruption to their work, improving flow and eliminating bottlenecks.
Developing a rack labeling system will take some time and for best results, it is recommended to:
Label bins: Labeling racks ensure workers can find the general location of the item they are looking for, and bin labeling Smaller sections of the rack (referred to as bins) are labeled with barcodes, making it even easier for workers to track down individual items or products quickly.
Choose the right materials: When selecting the rack and bin labels for your facility, you will want to consider the material of the label. Most facilities will be fine with durable vinyl, but depending on the needs of your warehouse, you may need to explore other options. For instance, if you are labeling the shelves in an industrial freezer, cold storage supply labels designed specifically for environments below 0° would be the ideal choice.
Make rack labels in-house: Maintaining a rack labeling system is simple with an industrial label printer. Developing and implementing a completely new labeling system can seem like a daunting task, but having an in-house industrial label printer allows to you to design a new campaign from scratch and consistently keep up with it. You can customize and print labels in a matter of minutes, printing as many or as little as you need without having to meet minimum requirements for ordering.
Rack labeling is a fairly simple and low-cost tool for organizing the workplace and keeping a handle on inventory, but it can have a dramatic impact on warehouse operations. Developing a labeling system comes with a bit of a learning curve but taking the time to understand inventory systems can ensure you are building a successful labeling system.
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