How to Design Your Warehouse Storage System Properly
The system you design for your warehouse can greatly affect productivity. A poorly designed system is difficult to navigate and makes picking and packing a hassle. On the other hand, a well-designed system will boost your output and increase the safety of your warehouse. That’s why it’s important to assess your storage needs carefully. Consider this a guide to identifying your needs and finding the perfect solution for your business.
Get to Know Your Volume
Before choosing a system, you need to understand your storage density. By analyzing the stock-keeping units (SKUs) on your current inventory, you can determine how much storage you need and what type of racking system will serve you best. For example, look at how much stock must be stored in pushback or drive-in racks. This type of deep storage gives you more space in less overall square footage.
Understanding How Inventory Moves
Once you understand the density of your storage volume, you need to look at how inventory will flow throughout your warehouse. For some, deep-lane storage simply will not work. If you need to be able to access your inventory at all times, you’ll want to choose something that makes it readily available. In this case, deep-storage is not the best option. Review the inventory SKUs that move the slowest, because the slowest-moving items can be stored in deep-lane solutions, while you must make room to accommodate items that move on a daily basis.
Leave Room for Forklifts
If you’ve decided to go with a few deep-lane storage solutions, you need to place them in a way that’s easily accessible to your workers. It’s imperative to design the right type of drive-in or drive-through rack, in addition to choosing the correct forklift. Be sure to add an extra six to 12 inches to the stacking aisle when designing this kind of storage. It gives the forklift extra room, reduces the chances of damage to the machinery, and improves worker safety.
Design for the Heaviest Weight
Last, know the weight of your pallet loads. Don’t just guess. It can lead to improper racking systems, which will have to be redesigned eventually. Weigh your heaviest loads and use that number as a base. Design your racking system to accommodate the heaviest weight; this will make it more flexible, and safer, in the long run.
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