One of the most important roles of a warehouse manager is to maximize your warehouse space. Making use of all the available space in the warehouse to its full capacity is essential for operations to run smoothly. It is a tedious and challenging task that any warehouse facility should do.
Maximizing your warehouse requires logistical knowledge together with innovative thinking. Although it can be tough, there are ways to solve your spacing problems. Here are some tips on how to maximize your warehouse space:
Assess the current situation
Understand the flow of and utilization of your current warehouse. This includes rack configuration, picking philosophy, receiving, putaway replenishment, inventory management, packing, and shipping. Then quantify your overall storage profile in terms of utilization and capacity that consists of the aforementioned components.
It’s crucial that this is accomplished before you start anything. Your warehouse might not be able to accommodate incoming goods or equipment and implementing a solution might not work. It may be time to find a warehouse for rent that can.
Vertical space utilization
Use the available vertical space of your warehouse as an extension. Normally, the vertical space is reserved for racking so make sure that the goods you line up towards your warehouse ceiling are properly placed. Investigate your storage media to take advantage of your clear span height.
Another great way to maximize warehouse space is by installing mezzanine above areas for floor level processes. This will add up almost double in your spacing capacity. Take note that your floor loading must be able to handle the mezzanine due to the pitfalls it has.
Matching items with slot sizes
Store items on slots where it would fit. This is for maximizing the utilization of your picking slot cube. Apply the same tip at locations where you store overstock or reserved items. Keep four to seven days of sales for by SKU to reduce replenishment.
Reduce your aisle width
Find a way to lessen the width of your aisles to match the material handling equipment that you use without negatively impacting your operation efficiency. You can save about 15 to 20 percent space by doing this.
Consider cross-docking if it is feasible. Reduce the amount of inventory requiring storage locations by cross-docking large releases of single-line or backorders. This method also prevents overstocking as goods are immediately transferred and delivered to customers.
Change storage mediums
Evaluate your storage mediums and consider changing them. For instance, you can switch from single-deep racks to using double-deep racks instead. Although it can affect access to items in first-in pallets, it’s a great option for adding storage.
Add half-pallet location
This is an efficient way to store products that come in half-pallet quantity. Condense your pallets to put more in their location. Condense pallets = less white space.
Maximizing your warehouse space is all about evaluation and keeping it simple. Carefully studying your building and warehouse management setup contributes to the bigger picture, which is lessening your white space and working at the fullest capacity in fulfilling your customer’s needs.