With Christmas fast approaching it’s a busy time of year for warehouses, so it’s no surprise that many operators have been considering and testing a variety of different methods for improving warehouse efficiency and warehouse productivity. One option is to implement a 5S culture, a concept which was first developed in Japan.

The philosophy behind 5S is simple: keep the workplace clean and organised to accomplish greater productivity, safety and quality. This is achieved through five key actions: sorting, simplifying, systematic cleaning, standardising, and sustaining.

Some of these elements are easier to successfully implement than others, such as systematic cleaning and standardising, but failing to sort and simplify to the required high standard can undermine the whole process and prevent productivity gains. Key to the success of these two elements – and therefore 5S as a whole – is effective data collection.

Track and trace technologies such as VeroTrack enable operators to ensure that warehouse assets are in the right place at all times. This removes the wasted time spent searching for misplaced assets and boosts warehouse efficiency.

In addition, tracking the movement of assets allows operators to review and change the routes taken by forklift drivers when moving pallets from one location to another and the time it takes to do so. This reduces the substantial amount of time that is lost in warehouses because forklift drivers don’t take the most efficient route available.

For those yet to experience the benefits of a 5S culture first-hand, its implementation can appear a daunting and complicated process. However, it has proven its worth time and time again over the years and, supported by the use of advanced data collection technology such as VeroTrack, provides users with one of the most effective ways of improving warehouse efficiency and productivity.

Check out this useful guide to learn more about 5S.