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Improve your warehouse layout

3 ways to improve your warehouse layout

Alongside Warehouse Manager 200, or X3, having an efficient warehouse layout would be the difference between processing your customers’ orders with maximum efficiency and not.

1 - Choose the right racking to suit the size of your warehouse

It can be a daunting task when choosing the most appropriate racking for your warehouse and choosing the wrong kind of racking could at best lead to an adverse effect on the efficiency of your warehouse or, at worst, an expensive re-fit within a short time frame.

The size of your building and its structure will directly impact what type of racking system you should be utilising in your warehouse.

You will need to identify:

  • The correct pallet size(s) for your operation
  • Decide what storage racking and handling system to use
  • Choose which vehicle is best for each operation
  • Work out the space needed for receipts and despatch areas, supporting areas & facilities

 2 - Design your warehouse to be safe and make life easier for your staff

Ensuring that your warehouse is safe not only means less accidents and increased costs to you as a business; it also helps your operation to run more smoothly and efficiently.

 3 - Ensure that the space in your warehouse is used effectively

With so much to fit into a warehouse, it is not only essential that you use all of the space you have, but also use it in the most effective way possible.

  • Storage Space: To store goods and materials
  • Office Space: Can include meeting rooms, reception and mail rooms
  • Loading Docks: For shipping and receiving goods
  • Light Industrial Space: Use for the processing of materials
  • Computer Centres

Only include areas that are absolutely essential to the running of your business. Underused areas could be used for other, more productive parts of your warehouse.

For warehouses that store a wide variety of products, or where stock rotates on a seasonal basis, the versatility of your racking will be a major point to consider. Some racking systems are limited in the variety of different goods they can be used to store.

The answer is that if your stock rotation, access requirements and variety of goods are all likely to change frequently, your racking needs to be able to as flexible and versatile as possible to support your needs.

 

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