If you have pallets of inventory spilling out into your aisles because of lack of warehouse space, or new stock arriving daily at your delivery dock with no place to put it, your initial solutions may be to outsource space or secure a larger warehouse. But hold on a minute. Have you thought this through completely?
Researching new properties, renting bigger warehouse spaces, and moving your entire inventory to a new location while continuing to maintain current productivity is going to cost you a whole lot of time, money, and headaches.
Have you considered all of your options? There are other ways to maximize the current space you have.
Here are some creative solutions to find new space within your existing footprint…
Time to Lose the Dead Weight
Do you have old inventory that isn’t moving? One of the most common reasons for a packed warehouse is too much inventory.
Although you may have your reasons for holding onto that old stock, there comes a point when this inventory is costing you more than it’s worth.
Perhaps it’s time to have a flash sale to move that old product out so you can free up space for new products that are in demand.
You will be surprised at how this small change in inventory will help create significant more space upon your shelves.
Improve Your Rack Design
Are your storage racks holding as much inventory as they can? Are there ways you can maximize the space by redesigning the rack systems?
Take a walk around your warehouse and see what can be improved in the pallet racks.
Maybe you can add extra shelves, reposition rows of racks, or even consider changing to a new pallet racking system that promises to increase storage density in the same area.
Narrow the Aisles
Do you know that reducing the width of your warehouse aisles can increase storage capacity by up to 30%?
Switching from a conventional width of 3.3 to 3.6 meters to a reduced aisle width of 2.5 to 3.0 meters can free up an enormous amount of space.
Yes, there will be less elbow room and some standard reach trucks may not fit in this narrower aisle. However, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks by optimizing the available space that you already have.
Rethink the Layout
Have you tinkered with idea of scrapping the current layout and starting from scratch?
Has your current inventory space been designed out of chaos and necessity rather than forethought and solid planning?
Maybe it’s time to go back to the basics and consider a new design for the warehouse. Your lack of space could simply be a layout problem and only needs a makeover to improve the organization of the warehouse.
Are you using all of the warehouse space to its fullest potential? If not, just look up. The possibility for extra space is only limited by the height of the ceiling and how high your forklift can reach.
Although not ideal for inventory that is needed on a daily basis, vertical storage space is perfect for seasonal items and other inventory that is overstocked.
This is a great way for using up every available cubic foot of storage space within the warehouse.
So before you consider going to the expense of finding a new warehouse, consider these five solutions to help optimize warehouse space, save you money, and to improve the efficiency and functionality of your current warehouse systems.