Warehouses are a crucial part of many business operations. Running a smooth operation, with maximized storage capacity, organization and ease of access are paramount to many companies that depend on their ability to store large amounts of their product and need to deliver it quickly.
Whether your need warehouse pallet racks, modular storage, or even software, there are many resources that you can deploy to improve your storage space and organization. Such an abundance of options makes it hard to make sense and prioritize strategies. Here are some ideas to help you through the process.
A common mistake we see with inexperienced businesses is not taking full advantage of vertical space. Investing in appropriate vertical storage can increase efficiency and significantly reduce costs, as it allows companies to store much more per square meter of surface.
The most common example of vertical storage are pallet racks. Pallet racks are structures designed to hold stacks of pallets. Products are still easily accessible by using forklifts, meaning you sacrifice some efficiencies in the workflow.
In fact, vertical storage can be of great help to organize a warehouse, as managers can sort products by durability, need and frequency of use. The most common type of pallet rack is the selective pallet rack since it allows access to a single pallet without the need to move other pallets to get to it.
If turnover is not frequent, you can opt for drive-in racks, which store more goods but sacrifice on ease of access.
Use tech to your advantage
Many businesses are turning to automated storage solutions such as carousels or Vertical Lift Modules, as well as improved Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) to harness the power of technology to their advantage. Automated systems reduce the need for human labor, increasing safety standards and the density of storage, as machines can store things tighter than humans.
If you do not want to go full auto, software improvements such as upgrading your WMS can help warehouse managers with improved workflows and storage instructions. This allows businesses to churn orders at higher speeds and efficiency, as warehouse workers get instructions for optimal pickup routes provided by the software.
Think about your layout
Simply investing in organising your warehouse can significantly improve your storage efficiency. By dedicating some time to a full review of your operations, you can uncover the inefficient use of space, workflow problems, and determine improved ways of storing different products depending on their turnover frequency and type.
Having designated areas for different types of products can help increase the uniformity of your storing, thus increasing your storage density. Designated areas also help keep order in your warehouse. Keeping a clean and well-ordered operation reduces clutter, and thus increases the speed at which your employees can work without compromising on safety.
We also recommend increasing the flow and quality of information. For these purposes, many businesses use barcodes, signs, and labels very liberally, to ensure that there is no room for confusion at the time of searching for a product, or mistakes at the time of placing elements in their correct places.
Implementing these space-saving storage tips and ideas will quickly increase the efficiency at which your warehouse operates. If you wish to invest in storage products, there is always a huge range of warehouse pallet racks for sale online at SRS-i. When looking to purchase solutions like racks and other equipment, remember to rely on the advice of professionals in storage solutions, to help you maximize space and make your operation run smoothly.