I read a lot. I love reading. I go through lots of reports, research and background pieces on Supply Chain and Logistics I come across online, usually on my tablet. If it’s a hefty pdf I may put it on my Kindle, where I also keep my detective, thriller and historic novels, as that makes for ‘quieter’ reading. When it comes to Supply Chain and Logistics, and Jazz as well, I like to go old school and read an actual book, especially when it is the kind that can serve as a reference guide.
Some of you will recognize this first line as I wrote it for another blog post for another book, but the same holds for this one. This time the book is Warehouse Management (2nd Edition) – A Complete Guide to Improving Efficiency and Minimizing Costs in the Modern Warehouse, written by Gwynne Richards. Let me start by giving you the synopsis as issued by the publisher, Kogan Page:
Warehouses are an integral link in the modern supply chain, ensuring that the correct product is delivered in the right quantity, in good condition, at the required time, and at minimal cost: in effect, the perfect order. The effective management of warehouses is vital in minimizing costs and ensuring the efficient operation of any supply chain.
Gwynne Richards’ highly regarded and best-selling text on warehouse management is a complete guide to best practice in warehouse operations. Covering everything from the latest technological advances to current environmental issues, Warehouse Management provides an indispensable companion to the modern warehouse. The text considers key aspects of warehouse management, including cost reduction, productivity, people management, and warehouse operations.
In this 2nd edition, there are more case studies, photographs and useful video links as well as extensive accompanying online resources. In addition to providing updates on future advances in warehouse management, Gwynne Richards also tackles the key issues that are challenging today’s managers, including pressure to reduce lead times, increase productivity, reduce cost, improve customer service, reduce environmental impact, and maintain health and safety standards.
The book gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of managing a warehouse. It can be read as a whole, but can also be used as a reference guide. The book is practical in nature and is filled with actual and current examples. For those who want to start implementing immediately it holds Warehouse Audit Checklists, which gives you a practical starting point. I would recommend this book for anybody that wants to get a better understanding of what happens in a warehouse, and the many things one needs to take into account if one wants to manage one effectively.