Handling tips for the maximization of warehouse space
There is no getting around the fact that warehouse space is very important, and easily the single most expensive thing in the warehouse. It therefore makes sense if warehouse planning and product handling is optimized in such a way that the space is properly utilized. Here are some important tips for optimal material handling.
Forecast and prediction
One of the perennial problems that plague warehouses is inaccuracy in forecasting. The excess inventory therefore complicates inventory management, a problem that can only be solved through proper forecasting. First, start with an improvement of planning system. If you are still using simple spreadsheets, then upgrade to more effective forecasting tools and algorithms. Consider more effective enterprise resource planning or inventory management solutions that can be helpful by generating inventory requirements and reduce the need for hands-on inventory management.
Warehouse managers are often looking for innovative ways to get the most out of the space they have. Traditionally, this involves thinking about space utilization in multiple directions, including vertically. Luckily, modern shelving and industrial cabinet designs make it much easier to make the most out of the space available. Durham’s 5003-30-5295 industrial shelf, for instance, is very effective in space maximization. It has 30 hook on bins of various sizes, and this almost guarantees better space utilization than what the typical shelf or rack offers.
Apart from the space utilization, the general layout must also be well planned out. The first step here is to analyze the physical characteristics of the warehouse, the materials that will be stored there, and the requirements in terms of the material flow. With this assessment, slotting the warehouse for storage optimization will be easier. The items that are picked most frequently should ideally be at the front, while the heavier or less frequently picked items should be at the back. Some use a hybrid of these two systems, where there is a zone at the front where smaller quantities can be stored for easy preparation of orders, while the bulk of the material or product is stored at the back. Using the right warehouse layout saves a lot on terms of warehouse efficiency.