There are a lot of options available when it comes to layout out and planning your warehouse operations. Whether the right option for you is to use modular equipment platforms, high-density storage, an upgraded IT system, all three or more, there is surely always something that can be done to improve efficiency in your storage.
Improving your efficiency always offers the potential to save you money in the long-term.
You should always be aware of the options available and consider their potential to lower costs or improve your turnover.
Even if your warehouse operations work well, you should periodically review your systems and research new methods to see if you can make any improvements.
1. Use High-Density Racking
High-density racking is the best way to get more storage capacity out of your existing square footage. There are a number of inventive options available that can improve your storage density and give you more storage without increasing your fixed costs.
Flow racking is a brilliant solution to traditional warehouse requirements of turnover and capacity. By placing the stock on lanes, flow racking perfectly incorporates FIFI (first-in, first-out) storage methodology and offers really efficient operation for high turnover goods. As well as being an effective high turnover solution, it still manages to achieve great storage density, packing units tightly and drastically reducing the need for aisle space.
Standard aisle-racking just doesn’t meet the many demands of the modern warehouse these days. The storage is ultimately too low density and fails to get the most out of available square footage.
One exception could be if the aisle racking features a mezzanine or is combined with modular equipment platforms, making additional use of vertical space – although you should consider this a high-density option. Another potential issue could apply in specific use-case scenarios such as carpet storage, where stock needs to be kept apart in order to prevent the spread of fire.
2. Invest in IT
Advanced warehouse management systems can keep close track of stock, help to operate machinery automatically and accurately, and even move mobile racking to access specific items.
A tailored IT system for warehouse use can offer a dramatic improvement to so many areas of warehouse efficiency. It can overhaul your HR to ensure you are only employing the necessary number of staff at all times.
3. Work with Modularity
Modular equipment platforms allow you to use your space more efficiently, by raising functions and maximizing vertical potential in a warehouse. You can use a raised platform for an in-warehouse office, providing a great overview of the operation and potentially making more space available below.
Modularity ensures that your hardware can always be modified, expanded, and adapted to any given scenario. This presents the potential for great savings on your long-term operation for flexible and agile business practices.
When looking for modular equipment platforms for sale, choose a trusted and reliable brand to guarantee the safety of the structure, and set yourself up for potential future adaptation.