There are many practical reasons for redesigning the way in which a warehouse is laid out. These vary from the need to remove ‘pinch points’ to being able to access high value stock more readily. Whatever the drivers are for rationalising your warehouse, the bottom line is that you are looking to reduce costs. Even if a redesign means some disruption needs to be put up with, in the medium term a cost saving should always ensue. Likewise, if you need to invest in new equipment and technology to make your warehouse more productive, you should be aiming to make this money back thanks to the costs savings which will follow. There are plenty of ways that any warehouse manager can improve the logistical processes in their available space and here are some of the most common tips.
Increase the Height of Available Storage
This is the best way of augmenting the capacity of your warehouse. When you are working with racking that is overflowing with goods, it is easy for things to get hidden behind other objects meaning that your operatives often fail to pick correctly first time, even when they are going to the correct place in the warehouse. Overly-crammed warehouses also have the problem that inventories can be inaccurate even following recent stock checks. All of this makes for an inefficient workspace, but simply adding to the footprint of a storage area adds cost. Instead, working up to the ceiling of the warehouse increases the amount of racking available, helping to make all stock easy to see. You may need to invest in training for any operatives who need to access these areas, but the long term savings usually make any outlay more than worth it.
If you already operate with some areas of your warehouse that are ready for pallets but not elsewhere, it becomes hard to use all of the storage space to capacity. Under a single palletized system, all of the goods can be fork lifted no matter where they need to go. This makes a warehouse much more dynamic and ready for the ever changing needs of e-commerce environments, for example. Palletized racking can be installed in all warehouses, large and small, so you should not think of it as something that is only suited to the big operators. Even modest businesses with small and medium-sized store rooms can benefit from going over to the exclusive use of pallet racking systems by Warehousestoragesolutions. When space is an issue, narrow aisle pallet racking is the perfect thing because it often allows for more, not less, storage space whilst improving the efficiency of staff work flows, at the same time.
Inflexible systems and processes cost money in a warehouse environment unless you can confidently predict what your warehouse will be doing in two to three years’ time, that is. Since few of us operate in such a predictable world, redesigning a warehouse so that different areas can be put to multiple uses is essential, nowadays. Goods in areas might sometimes need to serve as dispatch zones. Ask yourself whether you can adjust the boundaries of goods in and goods out, so that staff are not confused about which area is which, but still allow for the capacity of each to be adjusted to meet peak demand. Likewise, is your incoming goods area set up for immediate storage or do you have the capacity to convert space over sorting functions? You may not need to have these sorts of multi-function spaces at the moment, but you may well do in the future. Whilst you are undergoing a redesign process, try to add in as much flexibility as part of your rationalisation as possible.
Custom warehouse labels can also be beneficial for the increasing the efficiency as they provide consistent framework for navigation and inventory control, which in return increases visual appeal and entire product-related data can be generated from simple scan. On the other hand manual inventory identification leaves a room for human error. Therefore use bar code labels, along with the software for warehouse management as they help you determine the inflows and outflows of inventory without any hassle and improve the process by saving time and money that is spent on fixing errors created by using manual processes.