Having visited hundreds of warehouses over the years, the process I follow and my initial observations may well be traceable to my childhood.
My mother was charming, always a smile on her face; but she was also fastidious about the way our house and her children looked. Our rooms would have passed an inspection by the toughest drill sergeant. Today, I not only continue to scrub behind my ears, but also still rely upon my mother’s standards during an initial warehouse walk-through.
Here’s the checklist I have used for more than 40 years. Within minutes, it tells me more about the quality of operations and management than an hour in a conference room.
A Clean Well-Lighted Place
The Dirty Finger Test
Mom would probably have another half dozen and I’m sure that you could add to the list. In fact, if you have the time, please feel free to e-mail me at: email@example.com and I’ll include them in one of our next blogs.
—John Hill, St. Onge Company
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