- Effective warehouse
- Outsourcing of warehousing
- Staff relations
and a system of incentives
An effective warehouse management system implies the use of appropriate IT facilities at all stages of warehousing processes, the even distribution of the workload on employees and storage facilities, the application of a flexible adjusted incentive system, the timely response to any changes in business processes, the full integration with related processes (purchases, sales, manufacture, etc).
Whether being a complex distribution center or a commonplace storeroom next to a production shop, the warehouse plays a key role in the development and operation of supply chains. The growing consumer market turnover has pushed up the requirements for an up-to-date warehouse. The smooth operation of this segment of the chain is key to the sustainability of the whole commodity exchange structure.
The “up-to-date warehouse” concept means more than the use of modern technologies at all stages of preparation and subsequent performance of warehousing operations (advanced construction methods, the purchase of high-tech warehousing equipment, hardware and software products). One of the fundamental prerequisites for a successful warehousing business is that the warehouse owner understands the importance of using a top-level management system meeting the latest international standards. A major contributor to the overall efficiency is the application of dedicated software for warehouses that must be selected and configured in accordance with the business specifics, meet the applicable transparency and monitoring convenience requirements, and be customizable and extendable for new and changing processes.
TLS: A RELIABLE PARTNER IN THE OUTSOURCING OF WAREHOUSING OPERATIONS
First of all, the outsourcing of warehousing services is the Customer’s opportunity to hedge against its risks. In doing so, the Customer obtains a guarantee that all the necessary warehousing operations will be accomplished irrespective of the patchy supplies and sales or other external forces increasing the cost of maintenance of the warehouse complex.
STAGES OF PREPARATION AND SUBSEQUENT IMPLEMENTATION OF A MODEL WAREHOUSE OUTSOURCING PROJECT
- Analysis of the Customer’s business processes, detection of bottlenecks and change recommendations with the aim of cutting costs.
- Assessment of the workforce, warehousing machinery / equipment required.
- Tender procedures for the purchase of warehousing equipment.
- Preparation of detailed specifications for the software configuration: WMS and software for related processes.
- Staff recruitment and training.
- Start of operations, subsequent self-perfecting system as part of the QMS.
- Stringent accountability to the Customer, flexible modification of processes in response to the Customer’s changed needs.
- Configuration of WMS, integration with the ERP on the Customer’s side.
Staff relations and a system of incentives
TLS pays special attention to all staff-related issues and takes a number of measures to boost productivity and to improve the quality of warehouse services.
One of the most important aspects is the adaptation, training and professional development of employees. TLS prepares job/responsibility descriptions, user and functional instructions as well as training methods. We also audit the employees’ competence and evaluate their skill level influencing career development and salaries. Every employee has an opportunity to progress intellectually through frequent training courses in our own training center.
Using a warehouse management system and powerful tracking tools, TLS specialists monitor efficiency in terms of employees and processes. Key performance indicators are collected and analyzed. The results are delivered online to employees and shift supervisors for analysis and improvement purposes. The flexible and detailed motivation system enables to give objective incentives to best employees, thus improving the quality of services and cutting expenses for warehouse logistics.