If you own or operate or even work in a warehouse, you know just how important and, frankly, essential space can be in your day-to-day tasks. The last thing you want to work in is an over-crowded warehouse space where everything is impossible to find and/or reach, and those things that are accessible are no easy feat to get to.
With a well-organized warehouse, you’ll increase your overall work productivity as well as your storage space. So have you wondered yet just how to maximize all that space in the enormous warehouse you currently have? Read on…
Implement Some Technology
First and foremost, if you’re still managing the inventory of your warehouse the old manual way, then you’re already one step behind. Gone are the days in which someone hand logs all of the products that come in and out of your warehouse – technology has long since taken over and made it easier than ever to manage the products or equipment that you store. Make sure you have some sort of technology implemented in your warehouse that can digitally help you keep track of the items you’re storing in the building.
This way, even in a full warehouse, you’ll know that everything is easily accessible where you need it and when you need it.
If it feels like you’re simply out of space as it is, take a look at the small areas that may be able to add up and create much more free space. For example, reassess the aisle width of each area of your warehouse, and analyze your vertical space again. A couple of inches here and there over an entire warehouse could essentially free up room for another whole aisle or row.
Limit the Shelving
Shelving can be great for organizing important papers and documents in an office space of your warehouse, but beyond that, they really won’t maximize your vertical space as much as you think they will. In fact, a typical shelving unit can only hold around 800 pounds of inventory, and shelves are limited in width. Instead, opt for using pallet racks. These can hold far more weight than a flimsy shelving unit and can often go up to 20 feet high, giving you much more vertical space to utilize.
Far too many warehouse owners and operators let the space above the dock doors go to waste. Don’t hesitate to utilize some pallet rack systems in this area, as well! This way, you’ll maximize all that extra storage space that so often gets neglected.
Consider Temporary Outdoor Storage
Often times a warehouse will become too full with too much of the right product and too much of the wrong product all at the same time. As sales cycles shift throughout the year, you’ll find that you need to shift your inventory, as well. Rather than ridding your warehouse of excess inventory all together to make room for the newer, more in-demand products, consider implementing some temporary outdoor storage.
Look into some trailers to use as temporary outdoor storage, or even consider using a third-party storage space. Of course, both options have some monthly premium attached to them, so be careful how much space you’re actually in need of so as not to waste too much money. Sometimes, you just need a bit of extra space for a short amount of time, and these options may be perfect for you!