International Door & Operator Industry

MAR-APR 2018

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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MANAGEMENT by John Zoller & David Bowen, Zoller Consulting, Inc. V O L U M E 5 1 I S S U E 2 A P R I L 2 0 1 8 27 27 V O L U M E 5 1 I S S U E 2 A P R I L 2 0 1 8 For those providing services as sub-contractors to the construction industry, a warehouse or warehouse space is a necessity. Whether an HVAC contractor, or a flooring installation firm or a garage door dealer, all bring material into a warehouse and then load this material onto installation or service vehicle and deliver and install or provide service to a job site. In the garage door industry, the most successful garage door dealerships have worked for years to develop systems and work rules to keep a clean and well- organized warehouse. On the other hand, it is true that firms with dirty, cluttered and unorganized warehouses often are not financially successful firms. Messy warehouses ultimately suck money off the bottom line. Material is misplaced forcing valuable installers, servicemen and warehouse employees to waste time searching for a missing door, section or a specific operator part. In a crowded, disorganized warehouse with weak or no storage systems, material is easily lost or damaged. The more that employees see that doors and parts are damaged, the more employees see this destruction as simply an acceptable cost of doing business to management. In a disorganized warehouse, forklifts can be destructive machines. If the owners have no defined locations for materials, section and slats can be carelessly placed in the way or the forklift, resulting in unnecessary and costly damage. Un-kept warehouses can result in low employee morale. Wasting time searching for particular doors, operators and parts can cause emotions to boil. Employees do not like to feel their time is wasted on un-productive tasks and A Messy Warehouse is EXPENSIVE! $ Continued on page 28

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