TOP 10 WAREHOUSE DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

We’ve installed systems into some of the most modern and efficient warehouse operations in the world, as well as some of the smallest and most traditional. Over the years we’ve learned a lot, here are our top 10 tips for your warehouse.

Large empty warehouse1. Crunch the numbers first
Before you mark out your space, make sure you have all of the volume data you need. Knowing stock levels, dispatch processes, stock turn rates and order volumes will allow you to allocate space effectively to ensure you’ve got room to manoeuvre.

2. Location, location, location
Check your location is right for your business. You could lower your transportation costs if you consider the location of your warehouse before you invest.

3. Size is everything
Finalise pick ‘n’ pack processes first, and equip with racking and access to suit your products dimensions.

4. Tomorrow always comes
Plan ahead for multiple product lines and business growth. Unforeseen things do happen, but planning for tomorrow today will save you time, money and energy.

5. Joined up thinking
Integrated thinking will boost efficiency and shorten processing times. Keep work areas open and accessible and site inter-related activities in close proximity to reduce movements.

6. Handle with care 1
Packing at the point of manufacture can dramatically reduce handling time and reduce damage to goods. New desktop bagging systems make multiple packaging stations a real possibility, reducing cost of production, WIP and lead times.

7. Make sure your idea is going to work
Before you implement your warehouse processes, make sure it’s going to work. Simulation applications can provide you with an idea of how different sections interact. You’ll be able to get it right the first time and prevent mistakes happening in the future.

8. Find out what staff want
Ask staff for their thoughts on how they would like to complete certain tasks. Their input may help you to make technology choices and assist in making high labour activities easier.

9. Warehouse Management System (WMS)
Most warehouses rely upon a WMS to help improve accuracy and increase throughput. However a warehouse management system can’t function properly in a badly designed warehouse. Make sure you do your research and select a system that is going to work with your systems.

10. System training
Find systems that assist your staff with repetitive jobs and make their workload easier. The more comfortable staff are using equipment, the higher the productivity.

Contact us on 01684 891 400 for an evaluation of your existing packing operation or see our range of equipment, which can automate your packing process. 

 

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