A new warehouse is exciting and frustrating. You get all of this new space, sure, but how should it be laid out? Is the building you can afford the one you require? Will it have your amenities and space to grow? The most important question though, is how to lay it out. Here are a few factors to examine as you develop your warehouse layout.
Equipment Size: Will your production machinery need more space than you anticipate, between its footprint and the employees that use it?
Get LEAN: This is a great time to restructure your operation. Talk to the employees on the floor. Ask them what they would change, how they would lay things out. They’re there every day, ask them what would make the process more streamlined.
Height: Make sure that you have some vertical space, but not too much. Stack Racks make it easier to utilize this space, but too much and you’re heating and cooling space for no reason.
Aisles: Start with measuring the size of your lift trucks. Then give them adequate space on each side to get through. Sounds like common sense, but we’ve been asked to design racks for companies that didn’t plan ahead and couldn’t get their trucks through.
Department Matters: You’re banking on your business growing, so why not build out in a way that can help facilitate that? Make sure that every department has the room it needs to grow. Often, one part of the operation ends up shortchanged (usually receiving) and it hurts the entire operation.
This doesn’t take into account all of the EHS factors of course, but it’s a great way to start getting your warehouse organized. Tier-Rack can help as well. We have experience designing custom racks and helping companies utilize their space, both in the horizontal AND the vertical. We can help your company whether you’re moving in or redesigning. Call us today at 800-325-7869 or visit www.tier-rack.com for more information. Don’t live with frustrating racks and unusable space any more.