Sometimes you just can’t see the wood for the trees – this can easily apply to anyone trying to find extra space in their current offices or warehouse. A fresh pair of eyes can help open up a world of storage possibilities and allow you to make the most of your existing space. Not only can a redesigned warehouse save you money by avoiding an expensive relocation and potentially higher rental costs, but it can also increase your efficiency which can lead to higher profit margins too. Let’s take a look at four simple ways you can save money through redesigning your warehouse.
Add a mezzanine floor
If your ceiling height is high enough, a mezzanine floor is a great way to utilise space which would otherwise be wasted. Mezzanine floors can effectively double your warehouse space and can be cost-effective too. Rack supported mezzanine floors use pallet racking as the supports so this not only gives you the extra level upstairs but additional storage on the ground floor as well.
Expand upwards on existing racking
If you have existing pallet racking, does it reach the full height of your warehouse? If not, you could look at expanding further up to completely use your warehouse height for maximum storage. This will depend on what weights and types of products you will want to store and what sort of materials handling equipment you have to access the pallets, but speaking to a warehouse design expert can help you decide if this option is achievable for your premises.
Change your racking for one that works smarter
Your current pallet racking may be doing an OK job, but are you sure it’s the right type of racking for your business needs? When was the last time you thought about how your racking works for you? Are you working with a First In First Out (FIFO) principle in mind, or perhaps a First In Last Out (FILO) principle? Different pallet racking suits different requirements so perform a quick audit to see if changing your pallet racking will lead to increased efficiency and cost savings.
Make sure your space is adaptable
We all know that running a business is a movable feast – things are always changing around us, technology, processes, rules and regulations. So having a working space that is adaptable to the changing needs of your business is crucial to keeping up with developments within your industry. Try and think ahead as to what might be around the next corner that would possibly impact the way you work, and then look at your warehouse layout and work procedures and see how flexible your space could be to any new developments.
To get professional advice when considering a warehouse redesign, speak to the experts at Blue Diamond Storage. Their team of experienced consultants can help you come up with the most efficient and cost effective layouts for your warehouse that work in tandem with your business processes. Book your warehouse consultation with them online or call them on 1300 998 647.