The global standards for industrial storage are increasing gradually and to meet the expectations, many warehouses have adopted lean warehouse management. Lean manufacturing is a method that Toyota introduced for the automotive industry; it aims at eliminating any process or activity that uses resources but does not add value to the product. It is the process to minimise wastage without degrading productivity. A straightforward framework is followed by lean manufacturing, which is defined as- measure, analyse, improve, and finally control.
Modern-day warehouses are not only restricted to storage; several operations go from storing to dispatching a product. In warehouses, the idea of lean manufacturing is to eliminate any process in receiving, put-away, packaging, dispatch, which do not add value to the whole process. Metal Storage is a Lean manufacturer in Chennai, setting high standards for lean manufacturing and related operations. Lean manufacturing is used in warehouse management due to different challenges faced by the managers like:
- Minimising operational cos
- Coping with pressure of shorter lead times
- The increasing number of perfect orders