In a warehouse, location labels are an essential tool for managing proper storage and workflows. They can help employees navigate a large facility and find items with ease. While each individual item might have a label, if you don’t know where it within the warehouse, a lot of time and energy will be spent hunting items down. The ability to find the right stock quickly and easily, is key to the success and ongoing productivity of a warehouse.
Location Labels for the Warehouse
Location level labels break a large warehouse into easily identifiable areas that will guide personnel directly to the item they are looking for. These labels are placed around the facility to help employees find the items they need, or ensure that items are put away in the correct location. Location level barcode labels can also carry detailed information about the stock items under them, making it easier to locate items.
Warehouse locations can be broken down and labeled at an increasingly granular level. The main types of location labels include:
Floor labels – this identifies the warehouse, room, or section of the warehouse. These labels can be particularly important if you have a large campus with multiple warehouses or different areas. Even within a single warehouse it may be necessary to break the space down into specific areas. These labels should guide workers through a warehouse to the specific section, rack, or row they need. These labels are generally placed on the floor of the warehouse for convenience, so that workers do not have to search across tall stacks to find them.
Rack Labels – these are the labels posted on the side of racks within the warehouse. Each rack should be uniquely identified to ensure easy and accurate navigation through the warehouse. The rack label can also contain information around what section of the warehouse it is in, and what types of items can be found on the rack.
Bin labels – when a warehouse contains lots of very small items, it is often easier to have a label at the bin or container level. This makes it easy to identify small items, without having to label each one individually. It also makes it easier to differentiate between racks of similar small items or components at a glance.
Item labels – these are individual labels that can be used to identify each item in a warehouse. These labels can not only identify the item but also provide additional product information such as make, model, or colour, or logistics information such as expiry dates or tracking codes.
Using location labels in your warehouse is a good way to streamline your warehouse operations. In a large warehouse space, a single item can be difficult to find without location level labels to guide the way. When used effectively they can greatly increase productivity during put-away and picking activities.
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