Good warehouse practices can be broken down into three broad operational areas: safety, efficiency and proactivity. Each area of this warehouse checklist is designed to promote preventative maintenance, increased productivity and a holistic view of warehouse management. These are fundamental elements of material handling management that form the foundation of warehouse best practice regardless of your industry or market.


Safety is a priority for warehouse operators of any size. Good warehouse practices promote safety, which leads to better productivity, efficiency and ROI.

  • Aisles used for foot or machine traffic should be clear of clutter and debris
  • Areas in which machinery operate should be separated by barriers or bollards
  • All employees operating machinery have been properly trained
  • Employees should be equipped with proper safety equipment as recommended by task, environment and job role
  • Good ventilation throughout
  • Clearly marked emergency exits
  • Weight limitations clearly marked on anything used to carry or store inventory
  • First-aid kits, fire extinguishers and other safety tools clearly posted
  • Backup power supply in place


Up to 60% of a picker’s daily activity can be involved in travel time. Here are some warehouse picking best practices to maximise your efficiency

  • Automate where it makes sense to do so
  • Optimise your warehouse layout to reduce travel time
  • Use warehouse management systems to reduce human error
  • Execute cycle counting operations to enhance inventory accuracy
  • Re-slot your pick positions as often as necessary
  • Utilise real-time data capture to find other ways to optimise


Proactive supply chains and warehouse management allow for a much more flexible approach to your operation. By anticipating future issues, you can respond faster.

  • Keep your lift trucks in good repair and on a regular rotation
  • Have backup forklift trucks for busy periods and sudden changes in demand
  • Keep your staff fully trained on a range of machines and train regularly
  • Keep your site secure at all times
  • Employ strategic logistics management


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