Benchmarks for Staffing Warehouses
I am trying to determine whether benchmarks exist for staffing a warehouse based on inventory value and sales for that warehouse. (eg. 1 warehouse worker per $15,000 in inventory value and $20,000 in sales or 1 warehouse worker per 500 inventory sku's) In my organization I oversee 70 different warehousing operations with inventory values ranging from approximately $10,000 to $2.5 million and sales from all of these stores exceeding $30 million annually. 26 of our stores are "unstaffed" but are overseen by a roving staff that does cycle counting, ordering and stocking.
Director of Supply Services
City of Los Angeles
benchmarks for staffing warehouses
Hard to say without knowing more. Have you looked at the number and speed of picks in your warehouse to see what the throughput is? How many shifts? Central warehouse supporting other destination warehouses?
Hope that helps.
Long Term Solution
RFID all of the important stuff in your facilities (which is perhaps MORE than just your ''critical'' items), while turning the fast-turning, low-criticality issues into Free-Issue VMI items.
Let your vendors manage your VMI accounts.
On your RFID-tagged items, tie them to a SKU in your ERP, and just have your system queue your buyer when it needs to be bought.
On cycle counting, when you remove all of your fast-turn, low-criticality items, your cycle counting demand will plummet. Who cares how many .05C gloves you have going to whom? I'd much rather know you have the $30,000 fire system pump.
Otherwise; stick to the 750 rule;
750 SKUs and $750,000 per headcount.
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