Pinnacle Packaging President Says Warehouse Organization for the New Year Can Drive Success in 2023

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Cleaning, organization, and efficiency go together, and when it comes to a company’s warehouse, it can make or break the bottom line. Nicole DeJoris, president of the Lombard, Illinois-based Pinnacle Packaging, said now is the perfect time to make sure that warehouses are optimized and ready to start the new year.

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Adopting lean inventory practices can keep clutter from returning because that means of operation is to only keep on hand exactly what is needed.

Cleaning, organization, and efficiency go together, and when it comes to a company’s warehouse, it can make or break the bottom line. Nicole DeJoris, president of the Lombard, Illinois-based Pinnacle Packaging, said now is the perfect time to make sure that warehouses are optimized and ready to start the new year.

“The Christmas rush is mainly at the retail level,” DeJoris explained. “Most of my clients—manufacturers and distribution centers—are done with their rush by this time and shut down for up to two weeks. They take that time to perform a deep clean and organization followed by taking inventory of their stock and packaging supplies.”

During the holidays, these centers receive shipments and are put wherever there is room on the racks, or returns don’t make it back to their original location. End-of-year cleaning helps to put everything in its proper place so that inventory will be accurate, and ordering supplies can be done with confidence.

A cluttered warehouse can send the wrong message to visitors, that efficiency is compromised, staff is overwhelmed, or revenue is being lost. One way to remedy the situation is by reducing clutter and getting rid of items that are outdated, unsafe, or not needed longer. This action makes room for the things that are needed along with new products that will come next year.

“Adopting lean inventory practices can keep clutter from returning because that means of operation is to only keep on hand exactly what is needed,” DeJoris said. “This affects every department from receiving to shipping and accounting. Most of all, it will boost revenue by eliminating unnecessary orders, and avoid costly delays because they were able to order supplies in time to avoid running out.”

Other areas to consider when organizing is shelf and space utilization. If it’s been a while since the shelving was put in place and the utilization of space was decided on, do they still make sense for today’s operations? Taking a look at error rates to see if there is a pattern can help you decide if any changes should be made during this time that would help improve accuracy.

Focusing at the end of the year on bringing your warehouse back to its optimal state of organization and cleanliness will not only look and feel good, DeJoris said, “but everything will work more smoothly and efficiently, and that will drive your success in 2023.”

About Pinnacle Packaging
At Pinnacle Packaging, we stand behind our products so we can go above and beyond your expectations. With over 20 years in the packaging industry, we are committed to using our expansive knowledge of the packaging industry to provide our customers with the latest supply and packaging design information. When standard packaging supplies alone are not enough, we work with customers to provide custom packaging solutions. We ultimately work to make sure our customers are prepared and informed about the offerings available to their business so they can create a lasting impression through packaging. For information, visit http://www.PinnaclePackaging.net.

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