Everyone wants to have an orderly workspace. When you first set up your business, everything is organised, but as the company expands and deadlines start piling up, the warehouse can begin to drown in clutter. This makes it difficult for your workforce to find the right tools, parts and stock.
Clutter in the warehouse makes life difficult for everyone — employees and customers. You might have the best high-density tool parts storage or the latest design in cabinets, but if you fail to manage warehouse efficiency, employees will always have to deal with chaos.
Here are issues you should address immediately:
Old Warehouse Shelves
Shelves might seem like sturdy items that stand the test of time. However, they suffer from wear-and-tear in the same way as any other piece of equipment in the warehouse. In addition, as your business expands and develops, you may find that your storage units are no longer suitable for the product ranges that you offer. This can lead to damaged stock and a waste of precious warehouse space. Poorly-designed storage can also lead to health and safety issues, which can be a serious problem for your staff. For these reasons alone, it is a good idea to regularly review your warehouse shelving and be prepared to buy new shelving systems when necessary.
Do not let your products sit on aging warehouse shelves. Consider your space requirements and speak with an expert to work out the perfect storage solution.
Wrong Pallet Racking
It is also easy to forget about your pallet racks, despite the important role they play in your warehouse. Have you checked their condition recently? Regular inspections of your pallet racks not only alert you to stock items which have expired or passed their sell-by-date but also help to keep the warehouse and your employees safe.
In some cases, warehouse owners may not have installed the right pallet racking system. While this may not immediately compromise the area, there may be better alternatives available. Installation of the correct kind of system will maximise your storage space and enable you to run your warehouse more efficiently.
Numerous companies offer solutions to fix old, or poorly designed shelves and pallet racks. Before deciding on your new system, you should carefully work out your budget, have a clear idea about the time frame for the installation and talk to experts about the best solution for your warehouse.
Make life easier for you, your employees and your customers by addressing your storage issues today.