Designing an effective warehouse can help you to optimise your space and improve your productivity. While this may sound great on paper, the truth is that it can be a little more complicated, even with the best intentions. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 ways you can ensure that you get the most out of your warehouse design.
Know what you don’t want
While this might seem counter-intuitive, it helps to know what problems you would face if your warehouse was not effective so that you can put steps in place to counter these problems before they arise. Think of what kinds of things might hamper productivity and ensure that these have no part in your warehouse plan. For example, you may be aware of problems you face in your current warehouse, such as products not being easily accessible or people having difficulty moving large amount of product to the delivery area. Think of solutions to these problems and ensure that your new space is an improved space.
Make use of product knowledge
Knowing your product and the length of turnover time as well as storage requirements can give you a good starting point for your design. Which products have a high turnover and which ones tend to spend more time in the warehouse? Make sure that any products that have a high turnover are easily identifiable and accessible and clearly identify any specific storage requirements to make sure all products are stored correctly.
Understand your peak requirements
You want your warehouse to enable you to reach maximum productivity and work well at peak times so make sure that your warehouse is able to effectively accommodate your peak requirements. Think about things like maximum storage space, accessibility, placement of products and practicality to make sure that stock units can go in and out without any unnecessary delays.
Make a 3D image
Making a 3D image can help you to get a clear overall picture of your design and help you to identify strengths and weaknesses before the building takes place. This is an important step and should not be overlooked so be sure that you make use of this major technological asset when completing your design.
Ensure your yard complements your warehouse design
While creating the perfect warehouse, it can be easy to overlook the yard area. This can lead to a break in flow and can hamper productivity if your yard doesn’t complement your warehouse design. Ensure that you take into account how easily accessible the entries and exits are as well as how vehicles will move to transport your goods during peak times.
For more advice specific to your businessand industry from experts in the field, contact Blue Diamond Storage by calling 1300 232 857 or email them at email@example.com today. They can help you decide on whether pallet racking, a mezzanine floor or a custom warehouse design would be best for you.