Use Your Vertical Space
Look up and make sure you’re using all the vertical space available. Investigate storage media to take advantage of your clear span height. How much cubic feet of vertical space is not being used? Be sure to know how your design might impact your sprinkler design and fire code.
Analyze Your Department Space
Identify functions that do not require high ceilings in areas where lower stacking heights are dictated by the clear height. We often see unused overhead space where large departments like packing and shipping are performed.
If you have multiple locations for storing the same item, consider combining them to create better warehouse space utilisation. This can be done during the putaway process and as a standalone function.
Drop Shipping As An Option
If you store and ship large items, consider utilising some form of drop shipping to reduce your in-house inventory and costs.
Use Off-Site Location for Overstock
If you store a large quantity of excess inventory for a few items, consider some type of offsite storage for the excess, thus freeing up space for supporting the fulfillment operation.
If your building layout permits, consider the use of a mezzanine to house functions that do not require high-bay storage. These can be expensive and are fairly permanent, but will maximise warehouse space utilisation.
Could a pallet shuttle racking system help your warehouse to save money and become more efficient?
The type of racking system installed in your warehouse has a significant impact on its overall performance. Your racking will affect both the volume of stock that you are able to store and how efficiently your warehouse operates.
Busy warehouses that experience a high turnover and are stocking and retrieving pallets very frequently may find that pallet shuttle racking can greatly increase their efficiency and productivity levels.
What is pallet shuttle racking?
Pallet shuttle racking systems use remotely controlled semi-automated shuttles to stock and retrieve pallets instead of forklift trucks.
The system can be operated as either FIFO or LIFO and will generally place the picked load in the first available free space.
Pallet shuttle racking is also suitable for use in extreme temperatures including freezer chambers of up to -30 degrees Celsius.
Benefits of pallet shuttle racking
- Reduces the risk of accidents – Replacing forklifts with remotely controlled shuttles reduces the risk of collisions and accidents occurring in the warehouse.
- Reduces operation costs – Using automated pallet shuttles can dramatically reduce operation costs by eliminating the need for multiple forklift trucks and operators.
- Reduces repairs and maintenance costs – Improved handling and a reduced risk of accidents means less expensive damage to racking, pallets and goods.
- Maximises storage space – Pallet shuttle racking helps to maximise the space available to you. The system requires less space than those that use forklift trucks, allowing for higher density storage.
- Increases efficiency – Pallets can be stocked and retrieved quicker and more efficiently, saving your business both time and money.
To find out more about our pallet shuttle racking and whether it is suitable for your warehouse, give our team here at Millennium Storage and Interiors a call on 01942 603 344.
Are you restricted in your storage capacity by a lack of warehouse space? Maybe you would like to expand your product range but you do not want to have to move premises? Well perhaps mobile racking is a solution for you to consider.
Mobile racking provides flexibility in the extreme, making the optimum use out of limited spaces. Imagine that you could fit double the amount of storage space into your warehouse? The overheads it could save you could be significant.
So how does mobile racking work?
Its simple really. The products are stored in shelving that it fitted to a chassis. Basically a moveable base operated electronically or manually that creates access in the push of a button or the turn of a wheel. Racking is stored in close proximity and then space is opened up when access is required.
So if you have storage problems and you think that mobile racking could be the solution you are looking for, call us to get a free no obligation quote, or simply some good advice from people who know!