Bad warehouse organization and incorrect inventory/product labeling negatively affects warehouse management and production. Without proper labeling, shipments are misplaced or lost, orders cannot be picked and packed on time, and inventory is not up to date. In order to prevent this, everything should be properly labeled.
Incoming products are labeled with receiving labels. They are uniquely numbered and bar-coded to provide tracking of new items. These numbers provide data about the product and its location – level, aisle, rack, or however items are organized in the warehouse.
After receiving its ID, the item is put away to the correct location. If an item needs to be moved to another area in the warehouse, the operators issue a new move label which identifies where a product should be moved to. After an order is received, picking labels help retrieve all the items on the list, and finally, shipping labels are used to identify products sent to the customer.
Every step of this process is made possible by the existence of warehouse labels that help operators move in the right direction. These labels are on the floor, on aisles, racks, pallets, boxes, hanging from the ceiling, making orientation possible.