All warehouses are somewhat different from each other, so they each require their own special solutions to get the most efficient use of space. Inefficient storage systems could prevent you from having enough storage capacity in your warehouse. Here are 7 tips to help you increase your warehouse space.
1. Change aisle width
Sometimes all that is needed to increase warehouse space is to adjust the aisle widths. This could mean that you will need to switch to a different pallet size or use different pallet moving equipment. Wider aisles allow faster speed, but shorter widths create a denser scheme for greater storage capacity.
2. Change the racking system
Another relatively simple way to increase your warehouse’s storage capacity is to change the racking system. Check to see if you can increase the rack height, and keep fire codes in mind for the clearance above the racks. Also, make sure the forklifts can reach the new height. If there are more than six inches between the vertical columns of racks, you have some wasted space. The forklifts only need four to six inches of space to move the racks in and out safely. You can adjust the horizontal beams to fit more racks in each aisle.
3. One-deep selective system
A one-deep selective system is the most common and simple racking system. It is very low in cost and versatile compared to other systems. You can create a double-deep implementation of this system where the racks are back-to-back. This is a very simple and efficient way to maximize storage capacity and operational efficiency. If there is a row of racks against a wall, you will need electric reach trucks to access those racks.
4. Push-back racks
For more storage capacity, a push-back rack system can create six-deep rack storage. The racks are positioned at a slight incline so they will slide back due to the force of gravity after the front rack is removed. This is a good system if full racks are frequently moved in and out of the warehouse. The price of this type of system is very good compared to how much increased storage density it provides.
5. Consolidate locations
If the same items are being stored in multiple locations, consolidate them all into one area in the warehouse.
6. Consider drop shipping
If you can’t store all your inventory in your warehouse, it could be possible to use a drop shipper for some of your products. They will store and ship these items for you.
7. Vertical space
Make sure you’re using as much vertical space as possible, and make sure personnel and lifting equipment can reach the maximum height allowed by fire codes.
Warehouse costs tend to represent 15 to 20 percent of your overall cost per item. Moving to a larger facility is usually not cost-effective. With these seven tips, you are likely to find the solution that you need for your storage capacity.