3 Ways to Boost Productivity with Warehouse Aisle Signs
By Angela Sanders Saturday, January 18, 2014, 03:17 AM EST
Warehouses that implement custom warehouse aisle signs take advantage of many benefits beyond the simple purpose of properly labeling each aisle in the building. Warehouse aisle signs contribute to increased productivity in several ways. Here are a few ways you can boost your team’s productivity with warehouse aisle signs.
High Visibility Graphics Make Scanning Easier
Aisle signs for warehouses from Camcode.com are completely customizable. That means you can choose from graphics and color elements, all oversized and printed on a white vinyl label affixed to a rigid PVC backer for high visibility. When staff can easily identify signs and graphics from a greater distance, they’re saving valuable time they’d otherwise spend navigating through additional aisles.
If you’re printing your custom warehouse aisle signs with bar codes, long-range scanning capabilities mean your staff can scan from a forklift, instead of wasting time to stop and get close enough to scan every aisle. These benefits seem like insignificant snippets of time, but many tiny snippets of time add up to considerable time spent on more productive activities.
Reduce Delays with Rapid Product Identification
When your staff can quickly and easily locate products for outbound shipments and pinpoint the proper aisles to unload incoming inventory, there are fewer delays that can hold up the supply chain. A delay at the warehouse stage can have serious ramifications impacting the full supply chain, including eventual stock values dipping which can take months to return to normal.
Warehouses with continuous problems getting inventory out the door in a timely manner can suffer from brand reputation over time as partners share frustrations and opt to relocate their inventory to other warehouses. Maintaining maximum productivity with custom warehouse signage solutions positions warehouses to become industry leaders with impressive error ratios and few delays.
Keep Traffic Flowing with Graphic and Color Elements
There’s a process that must occur within a warehouse every time a supplier sends inventory in or a customer makes a request to move inventory out. That process involves a lot of foot and vehicle traffic that’s unavoidable. Automated processes for moving inventory to loading docks haven’t yet reached a reasonable cost of implementation, so this technology isn’t being widely used among warehouses just yet.
That means that today’s warehouses are, primarily, managing the movement of inventory manually. But humans are imperfect, meaning you’re likely to encounter the occasional traffic jam within your facility. This usually results when two or more workers are operating machinery in the same aisle, often moving in different directions. Delays are inevitable as one must re-navigate using another path or wait until the other has finished the task at hand before proceeding.
These delays are easily prevented using custom warehouse aisle signs. Aisle signs for warehouses from Camcode.com, for instance, can be customized with various color elements and graphics options. This enables warehouses to combine identifying graphics, numbers or bar codes while simultaneously incorporating color-coded elements on signage to provide directional cues to workers. Some aisles can be marked as one-directional traffic, while others may require yielding to cross-traffic. There are endless options for customizing warehouse aisle signs to meet your facility’s specific needs.
Not only do these features and benefits mean your facility is more productive, but they improve safety, as well. With clearly defined traffic flows, the likelihood of machinery accidents is lower. There’s also a lower risk of accidents when staff aren’t getting on and off of a forklift or other piece of equipment to scan bar codes every few feet. And in addition to productivity and safety benefits, your facility will boast a more attractive and organized look.