Location names are useful tools enabling you to efficiently put stock and subsequently be easily able to find it again, as you need. Go into any business and you’ll find lots of items stored in locations that aren’t clearly labeled, or don’t have a well thought-out, recognizable name. A location name doesn’t need to be too complicated, detailed or cryptic. In many businesses, the staff will already have common terms they use to describe various locations. If that’s the case, then build on the common understanding where necessary.
Location names should be unique. No two locations should ever have the same name. All physical spaces in your facility should have a location name, even if you don’t currently store anything in that space. All locations should be labeled. The location labels should contain the full name of the location, and if possible, have arrows that point to the location.
Zone/room names should be abbreviated (commonly to a single letter) and contained in the full location names. Within a zone or room, location names should ascend from top to bottom, and from left to right. If your inventory operations cover more than one facility, or a large facility, of if you’d just like to be able to group locations together for reporting purposes, we recommend creating zones, or location groups. By abbreviating each room name, we can easily incorporate it into the location name without making our location names too long. This will help when viewing location names in tables and on labels. Concentrate on the following advantages:
- You can find locations faster
– There’s no confusion about what a place is called
– Others not so much
– Ability to reuse section names
– You can sort data, print count sheets, and do other activities, by zone
– Abbreviations make it easier to type in location names.
– Abbreviations make it easier to include the zone names on location labels
– Reports read more quickly when the same long title does not appear over and over again
– No confusion about what a place is called
Shortening your Zone Names to just one letter will help you meet your goal of including the full name of a location on every location label. The precision and immediacy of your location names will add ease and speed to every step of your reporting, inventory processing and comprehensive stock management.
SIMMS Inventory Management software gives you the greatest latitude regarding your location choices. From an unlimited number of locations possible,