Measure twice, cut once. It’s a simple concept. It emphasizes the importance of being accurate and measuring correctly and effectively. This little saying is most often used when discussing construction but it can easily be applied to the world of distribution. Distribution centers know metrics are important in their industry, they just don’t know where they should put their focus. In this blog based on an article I recently read, I will discuss the most crucial metrics for a distribution center to pay attention to. The metrics can be split into 7 separate categories as determined by Adam Robinson in his article in Cerasis. You can read the full article here .

The categories are as follows:Isometric Warehouse

  • On-Time Shipping
    • Making sure freight makes it to the right place at the right time
  • Accuracy in Order Fulfillment
    • How accurate are your workers during the order picking processes
  • Monitor Warehouse Capacity
    • Is your warehouse above, below, or at capacity – human input is essential
  • Identify Peaks in Warehouse Capacity
    • Distribution centers will have highs and lows. Keep track so you know the amount of product you require to meet the highs
  • Cycle Times
    • Includes three metrics: dock-to-load time, internal cycle time, total cycle time
  • Putting Away of Incoming Product
    • Is product being unloaded within the proper time window
  • Percentage of Damaged Products
    • Reducing the amount of damaged and therefore unusable product will bring down costs

Using these 7 metrics are a great way to improve the efficiency of your distribution center. While you may not have to measure twice before cutting you should measure accurately and often. Having knowledge of these metrics are crucial pieces in making your distribution center perform at its very best.

These are just 7 of the metrics that the article highlighted and that I believe to be useful. It would be great to know other metrics you find useful. Please share in the comments section below.

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