A large amount of warehouses actually get to stages where it would just seem like the whole space is shrinking in size and there is just not enough space to house anything anymore. While this may be a good sign (growth in business), it could actually create more problems where storage is concerned if not quickly managed.
Factually, warehouses were created to house products and other things that may be stored in it, what then happens where a supposed warehouse cannot even house properly the goods it is supposed to? What causes reduction in the capacity of a warehouse and how can this be curbed? All these questions and more would be addressed in the course of writing this article.
What is a warehouse?
A warehouse is a large spacious building where goods are kept prior its distribution to assigned places. These goods are placed on pallets and may be stacked as high as the wares permit. The pallets can be either placed horizontally or vertically.
When would it become necessary to explore means to maximize your warehouse space?
Ordinarily, the goods ought to be arranged in a manner that would make them easy to access. In order to be able to access the goods easily and properly, there is the need to create space for movement between the pallets. Where moving between the pallets becomes restricted, workers cannot move in multiples here by causing a slowdown in the handling process or goods are being tossed carelessly around with no visible space to fit in, your warehouse space definitely needs to be maximized.
What causes reduction in some warehouses is the mismanagement of the spaces available. So the first thing to be determined is whether it is possible to reduce used up space in the warehouse. After you are sure that this is possible and you won’t be embarking on a futile exercise, the following steps may be employed in fully maximizing your space
- Conduct a general survey on the warehouse: It is very necessary that you start your journey to maximizing your warehouse space by conducting a general survey. By doing this, you will be mentally making notes on the space efficient option you can explore.
- Categorize your goods: Warehouses mostly store up different kinds of goods. Ranging from the most accessed to the least accessed, arranging them in a definite order would surely create more space for you to work with (factor in goods used for different seasons, trends etc.).
- Clear out unused or obsolete goods: There are times we just keep junk we don’t need. Where goods have stayed up to a certain time in the warehouse without being sold, they sure would be taking up valuable spaces. You can clear them out by organizing a sale, giving them off to charitable organizations or disposing them off totally.
- Increase the storage ability of your pallets: A pallet is mostly saddled with the duty of carrying the goods. There are different kinds of pallets that offer multiple advantages where storage is concerned (removable and adjustable pallets). Carry out a comparison and pick the best pallets for your warehouse.
- Try storing things vertically: By storing goods vertically, you are maximizing every available space your warehouse has to offer. You are able to stack goods as high as you want to while freeing up spaces on the floor to house other goods.
While of course your business may be growing and the warehouse space might actually not be enough in the nearest future, these are just tips to help on a temporary basis. If your goods still do not find enough space after the above suggested tips then it might be time to expand!