“Unnecessary motion” refers to individuals physically moving more than is required to complete the task at hand. It might sound like we’re really nitpicking now, but unnecessary motion can add up to major costs over time. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, it costs us about $4.3 billion every year.
This wasted motion also opens up the door to quality control and safety issues. Moving more than is necessary causes greater fatigue for workers. This, in turn, increases the likelihood of picking errors and run-ins with heavy equipment. Unneeded movement can be tricky to spot because of how ingrained certain activities seem to be in one’s job.
It’s the duty of the warehouse manager to always be thinking of new ways to eliminate wasted effort on the part of workers, whether it be through the use of new technology, better processes, a better layout, or something else. This can take some imagination, but the payoff is worth it in the long run.
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