How to Maximize Existing Warehouse Space
The Real Estate market is booming and warehouse space is both expensive and surprisingly limited. For many business owners, expansion is either not an option or can be a dangerous risk to take as they consider the likelihood of impending market shifts. The cost of larger space combined with the cost of transitioning stock and diverted employee attentions is simply not going to benefit the bottom line. In the meantime, many distribution center operators are also noticing that employee productivity is reduced and that their warehouses are cluttered and inefficient.
What can be done to better organize existing space to accommodate growth and increased productivity?
The two most common issues with inefficient distribution center operations include too much stock or simply underutilized space. Both problems are often a result of rapid growth, poor organization, or varying market trends and both problems threaten the success of the business and the safety of its employees. Fortunately, many warehouse spaces simply need to be re-imagined in order to operate at their full potential.
Next steps to address the problem will depend largely on the answers to the following questions:
- Is your warehouse well-kept and your inventory closely monitored?
- How can you design your space to meet both current and future needs for your business?
- What are the most efficient versions of storage methods, warehouse equipment, and operational measures?
Sometimes simple DIY fixes can make a big difference. For example, unnecessary items can be removed from the building to increase available space. Or maybe existing shelving space just needs to be reorganized and better maintained. Unfortunately for a majority of warehouse operators, the problem often goes much deeper than a few quick fixes and, in order to keep up with future growth, more drastic measures must be taken.
“When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.”
Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book
How can a professional warehouse solutions adviser help re-imagine your existing warehouse space?
At this point in the process of maximizing existing warehouse space, most owners know what needs to change but have a difficult time imagining the endless possibility for their distribution center. Whatever the goal may be, addressing the issue multiple times will be much more costly than hiring a qualified professional to get it done right the first time. A professional will also have access to warehouse design software, the latest technological advances in inventory management, and experience-based advice regarding equipment and storage methods as they pertain to your specific inventory type. For example, certain racking systems can cause increases in temperatures based on their proximity to the ceiling or lighting. Could that overlooked fact someday be the cause of spoiled stock and wasted capital?
“We didn’t have time for mistakes, so we had to spend extra time planning.”
It’s Not Luck, P. 265
Re-imagining and reorganizing a warehouse space can be overwhelming; however, the right team to identify the proper systems and to help implement the changes can reduce the overall cost and stress of the process.
For more information, give us a call today at (512) 853-9177 or visit us at Xact Warehouse Solutions and we will be happy to help you maximize your existing warehouse space to boost productivity and improve your business.