Making the most out of a warehouse space can absolutely be a challenge, even for those with a great deal of experience in warehouse management. It’s often a very important move to ensure you get the most out of your current space before you move on, not only because the additional costs of a new warehouse will invariably be more expensive, but the cost of moving all of your product will also burden your finances and waste a lot of precious time. With this in mind, in this article we take a look at a few easy ways you can make the most of your existing warehouse space.
A few good space management tips to get you started
If you’ve noticed every metal storage cabinet in your warehouse is on the brink of bursting, there are thankfully a few easy ways you can get more out of your space. The first thing you should do if you’re in this position is to audit your current storage needs. To make this step easier, it’s important to ask yourself a few important questions related to the stock you have on hand and any other relevant requirements you might have. For example, you might need to more carefully consider the types of storage systems you are using, if there are any storage systems that are better suited to the products you’re storing, and how many pallets you need to have stored at any one time. These are good things to think about as warehouse inventories usually change over the years, but the means of storage often don’t change in line with new products. As a result, you are left with a series of highly inefficient storage solutions that are costing you both time and money. Being aware of your storage gives you a clear idea of what needs to be improved – information which you can then bring with you into future warehouse decisions.
Are you using the right kind of storage for your products?
Poor use of space in a warehouse is often a result of poor choice of storage – if you find that your products aren’t making the most of your storage solution, consider changing up your storage entirely. Products can vary wildly in design, shape and size, so why would you then use a pallet system designed for something else entirely? In order to make the most of a storage system, the best thing to do is to find one specifically suited to your product. This way, you’ll be guaranteed that whatever shape or size your product may be, it’ll fit snugly, whether you introduce tyre racking, drum racking, cable reel racking, sheet racking, or other specialised storage solutions.
Find the underlying issues to ensure better storage
Although you might think upgrading your space is the answer to your storage problems, the problem often lies with the storage system itself – if you discover what you really need, you’ll then be able to apply your knowledge to any future space, thereby preventing the problem from happening again in the future. All it takes is a good understanding of what storage system works best for your products and doing away with outdated storage you’ve been too lazy to replace!