No matter how large
or small your warehouse space, it’s important to make full use of the area. By
cleverly designing an integrated storage system, you can maximise your capacity
and therefore maximise your profits. When space is tight, chances are that adapting
your existing storage system will prove more cost-effective than relocating
your facility, which is both expensive and time-consuming. Below are a few
ideas on how to make the best use of your space.
Mix and Match
When investing in a
new storage system or upgrading your current one, it’s important to remember
that you don’t have to stick to just one racking style. To make the best use of
your storage area, you can mix and match across racking
and shelving types to
accommodate all of your products without wasting any space.
Due to the design of
most warehouse spaces and distribution centres, you end up with a lot of unused
space overhead. Take advantage of this free space by installing a raised
storage area or mezzanine. By adding a second level to
your storage, you have the potential to almost double your usable space and
take full advantage of the area of your building. Depending on the type of
stock you’re carrying, a multi-tiered/ pick module system could work for you,
enabling the use of two or three levels of fully accessorised storage space
with hanging rails or drawers.
If you sell products
that have a fast turnaround or are highly perishable, consider using live
storage for automatic stock rotation and
streamlined movement of workers in your warehouse. Live racking is a
first-in-first-out system where the rack is gently inclined to send pallets or
cartons straight to the pick face, letting gravity do some of your handling for
you. A big advantage of live racking is that it creates a physical barrier
between forklifts and pedestrians to keep your employees safe and allow for an
efficient flow of people and product.
When you don’t need
immediate access to 100% of your products, double-deep
racking is a great way to save valuable storage
space. In this system, pallets are stored two-deep, which allows for high
storage density, meaning you only need half as much aisle space. This is a
relatively low-cost way to take advantage of a limited storage area.
Order picking and
handling are labour-intensive and paying staff for these processes is likely to
be one of your biggest outgoings. In a large warehouse, you can enjoy
significant savings by automating some of the handling using conveyor
systems. Conveyors can carry selected products to
their destination using gravity or power, travelling across multiple levels if
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