Often, warehouses can develop organically, and grow quickly not giving warehouse managers the opportunity to really plan and design their warehouse. To remove all of the items and really redesign your system would be very expensive and could jeopardise customer relationships. However, planned effectively it could really help to modernise and streamline your warehouse.
Let’s take a look at some ways to improve your warehouse design, and some aspects that you will need to think about before you start. When it comes to racking and shelving Ireland has a multitude of examples to follow.
What are your core products?
Whatever your specialism, or even if you are a generalist, thinking about the primary items that you store is the best place to start. Aspects to be considered here include quantity, size or dimensions and unit weight.
Dimensions and nuances of your facility
You should know the size and physical characteristics of your warehouse to best decide the layout. This will also include the shelving systems and capabilities and how the goods are distributed in the warehouse. This is also the time to really think about your limitations such as accessibility, light, obstacles, power supply, in/out doors, staff areas, administrative or office space and floor layout.
Using your space effectively
Inefficiencies in layout will lead to inefficiencies in procedures and could reduce profitability and even safety. When it comes to racking and shelving Ireland authorities insist on annual inspections, so planning your pallet racking is really essential. Keeping an orderly warehouse means that you can get the best use from all available space.
All well managed warehouses treat their personnel with the highest respect. Ensuring their safety, professional and personal development and of course their efficiency is vital. You should think about the number of staff you have and their ability. Ability is usually closely linked to training, so make sure this is taken seriously. Once this is clear, think about shift patterns and HR processes to monitor resources.
The tools at your disposal
Take the time to consider what tools you have available. This isn’t just as simple as what space you have, but also mechanical helpers including lifts, racks and moving equipment like cranes or forklifts. This will make life easier, it will also mean you can really maximise the layout of the warehouse.