When choosing a space to run your business from, there are a number of influences that should be taken into consideration. These could ultimately reduce costs, making your company assets more effective. From location to specific design layout, your own warehouse design should complement your business activities while ticking the boxes of any other requirements that you may have. With the help of management companies, this can now be a much easier process for you – giving you time to think about other important parts of your business.
One of the main aspects to consider when ‘setting up shop’ is location, location, location. Your warehouse should be within a suitable distance for your suppliers to reach you quickly whilst still being close to your potential customers. Reducing your mileage from warehouse to client and from supplier to warehouse – in the case of deliveries – you will be able to reduce transport overheads. Location is also important to attract the right kind of business – selling maritime products in the middle of woodland are, far away from a coast may not be the most advantages choice. Good warehouse design will also take into consideration the availability of workers. A location should also be chosen with where you are likely to find labourers at a wage you are willing and able to pay in mind.
Another factor that warehouse design should look at is the size of the building. It should be suitably large enough for all of your current operations and should also take into account expected growth over the upcoming year – without extra room you may find yourself moving again and again. You should made space for storage and for any vehicles that you might have to keep then secure. Wasted space is wasted money.
Other warehouse design issues include choosing the right equipment, your processes and ‘warehouse floor’ layout – where you would package your items and where they would be quality checked should be close to one another – logically - as well as being close to delivery vehicle entrances for ease of loading. All of these areas are of paramount importance and companies need to get them right! With the help of companies such as Total Logistics, you can work through your requirements and find the best warehouse design which will work for your business – which could ultimately save you money!
Please visit the website of Total Logistics to find out more information on warehouse design or speak to a member of the team to discuss your needs on 0118 977 3027.