When a business is first starting out, there’s a mentality that is particular to all startups. “Move fast and break things” or “Fake it ’til you make it” are in the playbook, but when you have to go backward and fix things while producing results, it’s an unsustainable model. Planning for growth even from the garage or studio makes thinking ahead a vital management skill.
Warehouse management is a good place to start for the very simple reason that it’s one of the biggest resource hogs. The warehouse contains inventory, the infrastructure that supports it, the staff to service it, and is eating dollars per square foot. Managing order fulfillment practices from the receiving desk to the shipping dock is part of getting on top of early growth.