An equipment audit analyzes the current workflow and how the equipment employed helps or hinders it. The results of the analysis can help industry professionals identify potential opportunities for improving productivity.
For example, at Simplehuman, management discovered that mobile workstations could improve worker productivity when processing business-to-business orders and returns. When processing returns, they found that, “We can take the workstation to where the returns are, rather than bringing them into static offices.” By allowing the workstation to move with the employee, this reduced processing time and improved efficiency. After implementing the workstations in their warehouse, they saved 20% on administrative and operator process time for outbound goods. In addition, other benefits included improving their communication chain, and acting as an additional packaging station to process Black Friday orders.
In addition to battery-powered mobile workstations, some of the other equipment that can boost productivity in a warehouse include:
While these systems do require upfront investment, the increase in efficiency they provide can lead to significant cost savings. Use this ROI calculator to help perform a cost-benefit analysis of mobile workstations for your warehouse.