Most people do not think warehousing and storage is not as important as other operations in a organization, think again! Imagine the amount of money you can save if your warehouse is designed for “Minimum Space, Maximum Storage”
As part 1 of Racking and Warehousing Tips by SCZengineering, We’re going to give you the knowledge of Warehouse Planning.
TIP #1 Have a Plan
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
― Benjamin Franklin
Planning is the key to successful operations.“Plan your layout! Don’t just wander in and start throwing pallet racking here and there based upon whim and sudden desire. Your material handling company or racking supplier should have years of experience in laying out a warehouse facility. Rely upon their experience and knowledge. Tell them what you need done and then listen to their suggestions closely.
“Your basic floor plan needs to take into account such things as where receiving and shipping will take place, where the staging areas are, where the warehouse manager’s office will be, where will your employees eat lunch, how the pallet racking will be accessed to determine type of pallet(if the racking is pallet racking system), Forklift, Reach truck, Hand-Pallet Truck, or by labor”
TIP #2 Budget your project
The first thing to consider is the projected cost of your new racking – as well as the cost of designing and installing your solution. It’s not always about going for the cheapest. You still need to ensure that the racking you select will fulfill your requirements, but beware of cutting corners.
TIP #3 Distinguish Fast-flow product from Slow-flow product
Fast-flow products should be stored in easily accessible area for faster movement of goods upon customer request. Whereas, slow-flow products should be stored in furthest area from the entrance/exit since there is very little demand for the goods.
Also keep in mind, that Fast-flow product area should have more employee for moving or checking out goods compared to Slow-flow products. Some factories and warehouse uses automation for Fast-flow products, and labor for Slow-flow products.
TIP #4 Consider ways to increase vertical space before moving or building new warehouse
Consult with your Racking supplier or Material Handling Supplier to set up Vertical storage unit to increase storage space instead of relocating or planning a new distribution center.
It can help avoid expansion costs and increase the efficiency of your picking process. Keep smaller items in view and larger items safe from damage, all while fully utilizing the space you already have.
TIP #5 Ignore existing obstructions
Design your initial Racking layouts as if no columns or obstruction are in your building. Only after you designed the most efficient layout with maximum storage space, draw in the columns and obstructions and adjust your initial drawings to have the highest efficiency as possible.
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