The Solution to Wasted Motion in a Warehouse

August 7, 2018

The Solution to Wasted Motion in a Warehouse

What Is Wasted Motion Costing Your Warehouse?

Did you know that the average U.S. warehouse wastes 6.9 weeks a year on unnecessary motion? All this waste ends up costing the industry $4.3 billion, or 265 million hours of labor annually, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Unnecessary motion is often difficult to recognize. It’s entrenched in our habits, and many times it’s challenging to appreciate how it indicates a larger problem on the floor. For example, walking to a fixed computer or printer is an activity warehouse staff have been doing for years. For many, it may not be viewed as waste of time, just purely a part of the job.

It doesn’t happen all at once either. It’s 20 seconds here, or 10 seconds there. It may not seem like much, but even a few extra steps add up.

It’s important to constantly study warehouse processes and work to find the most efficient way of completing essential tasks. Small efficiencies can make or break a business as they add up to high costs and squandered time.

This infographic shows the significance and impact of wasted motion by the numbers.

What Is Wasted Motion Costing Your Warehouse?

(Click here to download infographic)

A Warehouse Game Changer

Mobile powered workstations improve speed, capacity, infrastructure costs and employee productivity allowing you to fully leverage your wiresless facility by cutting the power cords and letting your workstations move to where they are needed - with your people. Adding mobility to your shop floor opens a flood-gate of opportunities to improve processes even further. General Data provides mobile powered workstations to distribution, shipping/receiving, production and healthcare facilities. As General Data is a premier partner with the industry's top mobile powered workstation manufacturers, we can help you find the right mobile workstation to meet the demands of your business.

Learn more about mobile powered workstations by reaching out to your one of our lean process experts.

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