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Warehouse: How to optimize storage?

There are many reasons why companies may need to improve their warehousing capacity. Whether the business is thriving, the purchasing department needs to order more goods, or the inventory takes longer than expected, there are excellent solutions to maximize warehouse space.

Business owners should always try to leave a free space in their warehouse. If the bandwidth is 100%, it will take time to clean up all other equipment before employees can access what they need. Not only is this inefficient, but it costs more money than if staff could easily find the product. While businesses can choose from a variety of options while improving their storage capacity, it is important to choose the right one to get the most profitable result.

Why do I need to improve the warehouse organization?

Personnel who try to manage the warehouse effectively are more likely to face a shortage of square meters. Intelligent use of space can improve order collection, inventory management, warehouse performance and, ultimately, reduce costs. Warehousing operations require a large organization, compact storage of inventory, and some free space so that employees can perform their work without hindrance. A business with a well-designed storage plan can also ensure staff safety. If colleagues cannot see where they are going, or they have to squeeze into bottlenecks, their health and safety are at risk.

Mezzanines

Mezzanines can be a great option for many formulations. They add a second floor to your home and can potentially almost double your storage space. Owners can adjust the mezzanines in different ways for extra flexibility. They are strong and can support beams and windows, as well as additional load from the weight of the equipment.Businesses can install these structures separately or in the form of mezzanines on shelves, the racks of which provide the necessary support for extra weight. 

Staff members can access additional vertical space by adding stairs. Depending on the requirements of the composition, the stairs can be made in the form of U or L, or as a straight ladder. Of course, in addition to adding extra storage space, it’s important to consider the impact of these additions on your staff. Installing a second floor to keep colleagues in the dark would be unacceptable. 

The mezzanine floor comes in a variety of materials to meet most requirements. The composition that installs mezzanine floors can benefit from the use of a grille that allows light to penetrate the floor and air to circulate more freely. Because the materials allow air to move freely, they are well suited for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to heat or cool the air as needed.

Because the mezzanine is essentially the second floor, there are health and safety concerns. All SRS-I mezzanine floor systems come with handrails or safety gates to reduce the risk of falling.Mezzanines are not the only solution for vertical storage. There is nothing unusual in warehouses to have a collection of empty pallets. Although employees will later reuse the pallets while they lie on the floor of the warehouse, they take up space that the team could use to their advantage.

Mobile shelving systems

If vertical movement is not an option, then mobile shelving systems may be just what you need. The rack is attached to the movable base blocks, connected to the rails on the floor of the warehouse. If desired, rollers for mobile platforms can be provided. If the inventory is usually small, you can use a manual system. An electronic device may be required for a more substantial stock. 

Using a mobile storage system with a mechanical drive, users turn the handle to rotate the racks left and right. As a result, a new passage is created that allows employees to access the inventory they store in this unit. Mobile shelving systems are great for creating more space, sometimes up to 100% more capacity. The warehouse benefits not only from greater convenience but also from increased productivity. Ultimately, it saves time and money.

Software for automated storage

Businesses can use their space more efficiently using a warehouse management system. Automated storage software allows you to store inventory in narrower places, as the staff does not need to remove items. The system can keep track of what products are available and report on your inventory at any time. The software reduces the margin of error than if an employee had to check inventory levels and write a report manually.

Procurement departments can become more efficient because they no longer have to wait for the warehouse manager to submit a list of current stocks. Intelligent software can track inventories throughout the supply chain, from the time of arrival at the warehouse to the sending of personnel to distribution centers.

The collection process is also safer, while warehouses have strict health and safety procedures; it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk when employees are in close proximity to bulky goods and equipment. While this is one of the more expensive ways to improve warehouse space, the results can be worth it because business owners see a return on their investment by increasing the efficiency, productivity, and safety of staff.

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