by Samir Kadam
Revisiting the vital basics of warehouse operations to ensure they are not left out in a bid to modernize a warehouse.
Up until a decade ago, a warehouse was not much more than a godown- a basic four-walled structure with sub-optimal sizing and inadequate ventilation. These were complemented by the lack of appropriate lighting, racking system, hygiene and safety standards. To add to these, the godowns lacked vital technological solutions that help run the facility. But in the last few years, there has been a monumental leap in the industry which marked a new dawn for the industry.
The Indian warehousing sector is getting progressively redefined from the traditional concept of godowns to modern-day automated set-ups. In the real sense, Supply Chain Management is witnessing a paradigm shift towards large logistics parks with state-of-the-art facilities.
Today in the logistics industry, the warehousing sector is witnessing a great boom. Warehousing companies in India are increasing their capacity, expanding their footprints, adapting new concepts to keep pace with international standards, and in some cases, exceeding them. It seems easy to carry on adopting newer technology to make life easier, but there is a learning curve that prompts one to stop. The tech-implementations that are being made are not just a giant leap forward, but also strategic in nature, ensuring no solutions are force-fit to problems that might not exist. This lowers the operational pressure immensely while saving time and vital resources. This only comes with industry expertise that the country seems to be developing at a lightning pace. New-age warehouses and warehousing operations are built with the foundation of decades of relevant experience, and with experience, come the modern warehouses.
Modern warehousing forms an integral part of the Supply Chain Industry where goods are not only stored for safe-keeping but several value-added services are implemented to process inventories. The game of modernization is all about ensuring the ease with which core warehousing operations are processed. In a bid to accomplish this, several major logistics parks have been developed and some are currently under development across the country around the major logistics hubs of Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and NCR.
Modernizing a warehouse is perhaps the best thing to happen to supply chain, but while doing so, it is important to keep the basics in mind. Maintaining a reliable, safe and modern warehouse can be possible for operations of all sizes and budgets, provided that the basic practices are followed. These include:
Modern warehouse operations have evolved into a rather inclusive field, but that does not mean that the basics have changed; always put the customer first, focus on fulfilment times, and keep a regimented study on facility safety and organization. By following these steps, you, too, will have the tools you need to run an efficient enterprise.