Racking and Warehousing Tips (Part 2)

Hey guys, this is part II of Racking and Warehousing Tips brought to you my SCZ Engineering. Cheers!

TIP #6 Arrange racks in long rows rather than short bursts to maximize space

You may think you have enough space for all your stuff before you actually bring your stuff to the warehouse. In reality, the space your stuff is going to occupy in your warehouse is more than you expected

before you started renting or building your warehouse. Here are a few things you can avoid while planning your rack placing and design :

  • Arranging racks in short bursts. Instead, arrange them to be as long as possible to get the most out of your storage.
  • Arranging pallet rack systems along the walls. This creates an open space, but limits the efficiency of your storage.
  • Creating “L” shaped storage systems – because these are too difficult to navigate and can be even more difficult if your forklift needs to access pallets within them.

TIP #7 Always look for new ways to optimize your warehouse

Looking at the warehouse layout from overhead point of view, decide on positioning of your rack to optimize cargo flow, stock list and other material handling factors. Consider using different type of rack such as pallet-racking, mezzanines, wire shelving, and other types of storage units that will make material-handling and stock flow easier.

By continuously looking for new ways to optimize your warehouse, your warehouse is bound for faster shipping and greater organization.

TIP #8 Supersize the receiving area

One of the mistakes that warehouse owners or operators make is having small receiving area. Most people usually cut down the receiving area and throw up more product racks, one thing that they didn’t realize is that receiving is the most critical function of the warehouse. One mistake at receiving can cause many additional errors before you get it corrected which simply means ; an error in stock management can effect distribution and delivery time which can reduce your net profit.

To further explain, we need to go into details of what receiving team must do daily at the warehouse.

They break down the pallets or cartons and count the items to check with the packing list. Sometimes they have to add labels and barcode before putting them in stock. In case of manufacturer’s or supplier’s error in shipping and delivery information or label, the receiving team need a place to lay down the cargo and check them properly. In order to accommodate this activity, the receiving team need a wide space so that they can work freely. Having limited space to work can cause a lot of mistakes.

TIP #9 Calculate Storage Efficiency

Storage efficiency refers to the amount of space needed to store a single pallet. Whereas warehouses are measured in square feet, the amount of space a pallet consumes when stored using the full cubic height of the building is significantly less.

The formula to calculate the amount of square footage consumed by a single pallet stored is as follows:
Length x width of the storage unit in inches divided by 144”. This gives the square feet of the storage unit.

TIP #10 There is no “one-size-fits-all” best approach to racking and organizing

How your warehouse is organized really is critical in how efficiently it operates. The way you organize it is your choice — choose the method that works best for you. You might want to stock materials by the order of the most frequent sales, or stock groups of items that tend to sell together. If you sell seasonal items, this is another organization option.

“Stocking by barcode or RFID does help, but take this a step further and keep your materials in an order that works. This will save you a great deal of time and money during order filling and inventory procedures

That’s 5 tips for today, see ya at the next blog

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