With limited space available for “Short Hold” freight, being stored for short periods at a time, it is important to be efficient in utilizing that time and space.

  1. Require carrier appointments to minimize surprises and plan the docks accordingly.
  2. Re-slot positions as necessary to reduce time spent looking for freight when the trucks arrive.
  3. Utilize cross-docking whenever possible to save time and minimize the chance of damage to the freight.
  4. Avoid common mishaps at loading docks and staging areas to ensure worker safety, prevent:
    • Product falling onto someone’s head, feet, arms or legs by conducting safety checks throughout the day
    • Poor housekeeping programs that result in congestion by conducting daily inspections of temporary storage arrangements
    • Employees jumping from a higher place to a lower one by enforcing safety rules.
    • Lifting dock plates and constant adjustment of them by securing dock plates.
    • Forklifts or pallet jacks rolling off the dock by never allowing a forklift of pallet jack near the edge of a dock.
  5. Clean up spills as soon as possible, and remove inventory from aisles when the staff must vacate the area for a short period of time.
  6. Only trained operators should use equipment such as forklifts, pallet jacks, cranes and hoists.
  7. Safety equipment must be used at all times – Appropriate eyewear, hair nets and hard hats should be worn when required.
  8. Clear aisles to make for an efficient flow of inventory.
  9. Maximize vertical space – The floor space is limited, so it is important to use as much of the available space from floor to ceiling.
  10. Communication – Communicate effectively and often to be sure the team works together at all times.

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