Managing a warehouse can often feel like a balancing act, especially when it comes to ensuring that there is enough inventory and that it is organized efficiently and logically. At Commander Warehouse, we know that proper warehouse organization often takes more than just having a variety of shelving and storage bins. That is why our team has put together a list of best practices for organizing warehouse storage to help you keep your warehouse in optimal working condition.
1. Utilize Vertical Height
Implementing automated storage and retrieval systems will allow you to consolidate the overall footprint, maximizing the square footage of the warehouse. Consider using systems and storage solutions that utilize floor to ceiling height to help make the best of currently underutilized space.
2. Reorganize to Maximize Storage
Rearranging shelving can help you reduce the amount of space between each shelf, as well as to store products of a similar height on the same shelves, creating more storage space overall. For even greater density, consider installing a system that will automatically adjust to your changing product mix.
3. Keep Inventory Lean
Make sure to only keep essential inventory onsite in order to help minimize overstocking issues. Doing so will allow your warehouse to continue to operate at a higher efficiency, making it easier to deliver the service your customers expect.
4. Optimize Aisle Space
When laying out your warehouse shelving, make sure to leave just the right amount of aisle space for forklifts to easily maneuver. It is also important to ensure that aisles are kept clear of clutter to help prevent injuries and to ensure that all stored items can easily be accessed.
5. Calculate the Cost of Space
Calculating the cost of space will help ensure that you are making the best use out of every square foot you are paying for. Make sure to consider the benefits of implementing high-density dynamic storage and retrieval systems to consolidate areas and to recover wasted space.
6. Keep Workspaces Clean
Keeping all workspaces clean and free of clutter will help prevent inventory and products from being damaged. This, in turn, will also make your employees and customers happy.
If you would like to learn more best practices for organizing warehouse storage, or if you are interested in one of our storage solutions, please contact Commander Warehouse at one of our four locations across Western Canada or by filling out a contact form on our website.
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