Monday, 9 May 2016

Tips for Increasing Your Warehouse Space for Start Ups!




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Warehouses need more space most of the time they are in operation. Few depositories offer more space than is required and, if they do, it is time to consider down sizing. Warehouse managers and logistics executives would always like more and more space, because it makes life easier when it comes to the day-to-day running of a storage facility. Simply put, the more space you have, the more goods you can fit in and the better you can organise your layout. However, increased floor space means more rental or ownership costs, augmented heating and lighting bills and more time taken getting from A to B. Great though increasing the footprint of your warehouse might be, it is not necessarily the wisest business decision. Instead, you should be looking at the best ways of optimising the footprint you already have. Lower cost alternatives for increasing your warehouse are available, so let's take a look at some of the better ones.

Optimise Shelf Space

If your goods out function has a certain size of carton that is despatches, say 1 metre by 1 metre, for example, then the space where these goods are stored, prior to being picked for orders, ought to reflect those dimensions. Otherwise, items get shoved into spaces they are not really able to accommodate, potentially damaging them. Furthermore, you end up with wasted or dead space on a shelf, if the location was designed to accept a 2 metre side, but it is only used to store 1.5 metre wide ones, for instance. Of course, looking at the size of cartons you use, and diminishing the number of different sizes you have, can help to make your shelving work for you, rather than against you.

Cantilevered Racking

Unlike conventional shelving solutions, which can only store certain sizes of items, cantilevered racking only has uprights at one side, usually the back. Therefore, all manner of items can be stored side by side and organised according to when they might be needed, by the most picked goods or by any other method you choose. Ideal for fast-moving warehouses, you don't have to store things according to size, thus helping to get the best out of your available space.

Partitioning

Many SMEs start off with a relatively modest warehouse function which grows and grows as the business matures. In such companies, the warehouse can spill over into administrative areas and each causes disruption for the other, as a result. Partitioning has the advantage or clearly marking out zones. Shelving can go higher next to a partitioned wall, because items can be accidentally pushed through to the other side, potentially landing on a workspace. In short, partitioning helps the health and safety of your warehouse whilst enabling you to install racking that goes ever higher.

Mezzanine Flooring

Something that many businesses fail to consider is increasing their floor space with a mezzanine floor. Different businesses offer mezzanine flooring service such as
warehouse storage solutions offers mezzanine floor service all over UK to different business. Mezzanine Floors are able to be put to all sorts of business uses, not just storage ones, mezzanines can all but double the amount of space you have to work in without putting a penny on your overhead costs. One of the big advantages of using a mezzanine to augment storage space is that picking can continue to be done at eye level, or close to it, so you don't need specialist high-grabbing equipment.

Pallet Racking

Warehouses without at least some pallet racking are missing out on the efficiencies the system often brings. Goods in are frequently delivered on pallets these days and they can go straight into storage on their racks, with the right equipment. With racking, pallets can be stored one on top of the next, rather than all on the floor, taking up valuable space.


 

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