Falling short of space is one of the most frequent issues warehouse managers face when they are growing. Purchasing more space is frequently the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s not always necessary. Lack of space can promote improper stock-storage methods, which can result in ruined inventory, incomplete orders, and even accidents. In order to maximize warehouse space without having to build pricey extensions, we’ll explain a few policies and products you can use.
Rethink your warehouse layout
The majority of the warehouses are not designed with future expansion in mind, which can cause havoc in times of need. Set aside some time to think about a new layout for your warehouse if you feel like you might run out of room soon. This will require planning and may require some downtime, so it is best done during a quieter time. Steel partition systems are a practical and cost-effective way to redesign your warehouse’s layout if necessary. They can be used to create extra rooms like clean rooms, break rooms, offices, and high-security cages.
Analyze your inventory
Keeping inventory you no longer need or carrying too much of it takes up your precious space. If the space on your racks is becoming limited, conduct a thorough inventory audit to compare the amount of stock you currently have to your requirements. Then, move all the excess inventory into the storage.
Pallet racking is commonly found in warehouses, factories, fulfillment centers, and other comparable commercial spaces. However, did you know that certain specialty racking options can optimize space when used appropriately? The following are some of the most popular racking types and their advantages: Adjustable pallet packing, narrow aisle racking, drive-in racking, double deep racking, multi-tier racking, vertical racking system, etc.
Instead of expanding horizontally, expand upward! They are the best way to maximize vertical space that is frequently underutilized. They can be used to add more storage or to completely construct new rooms. These floors can be created to meet your specific needs and add much-needed extra space to your warehouse for a fraction of the price of moving or expanding.
External storage solutions
Don’t waste any outside space that you have! To make more space in otherwise unutilized areas, you can install weather-resistant external racking outside your warehouse. In addition to offering additional place, external racking is galvanized, making it sturdy enough to safeguard your inventory in any weather.
A cheap space solution is temporary options like shipping containers, which are especially helpful for storing extra inventory you ordered before a busy season like Christmas. A storage marquee and a temporary warehouse can be an affordable substitute for expansion if you’re searching for a more long-term fix. It’s also an ideal way to handle extra inventory during peak hours.
Train your staff
The majority of issues that warehouse managers face have solutions that involve staff training. Your efforts will be in vain if you have put in some hard work to maximize the space in your warehouse but your employees are underloading because they are unaware of the weight limits on the racking. You can make sure that your warehousing employees are working with you rather than against you to save space by training them to be more conscious of the space they have access to in the warehouse and the racking system. Furthermore, maintaining a positive and motivated workforce in your warehouse is a great way to promote a positive work environment and guarantee that all the space is consumed.
Load your pallet rack correctly
How much room is lost to poorly or inadequately occupied pallet racking? Ensure the racking is correctly stocked to maximize space efficiency and load as much merchandise as possible without risk. Ensure that you do not overload your racking as this may cause damage and even cause it to collapse. When applicable, notice the post-weight load to ensure that you and your employees know the maximum load your racking system can support safely.
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