Setting up your warehouse and working out a warehouse layout can be a rather tricky mental exercise. There’s so much you have to consider, so many things you have to try and balance to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. After all, time is money, and the more time you spend trying to sort out some problem with your warehouse layout caused by poor planning the more money you are losing.
There are, of course, ways you can avoid this scenario, or at least lessen its impact should it occur.
The first place you should look at when considering your warehouse layout is the receiving area. One delay here can easily paralyse the rest of your operation, so it’s important that this place can work. As such, ensure the receiving area and those who work within it have all the space they need, and a little extra for unforeseen occurrences, and plenty of equipment to help them with their tasks. As your business expands, and therefore your warehouse, the receiving area should expand alongside it to cope with the new intake. Make sure this area is also well-organised as well, so that if there’s an error that comes from the receiving bay, it can be easily tracked down and dealt with.
Another important note when laying out your warehouse is to ensure that shipping is kept separate from the receiving bay -- if the two are located within the same area this will inevitably cause confusion and conflicting priorities. If a shipment containing a truckload of new stock comes in at exactly the same time your company is trying to move out some goods, it will only cause delays and frustration. Further time can be saved by considering where your goods are placed in relation to their demand and their relative location to the shipping area. Goods that are frequently shipped out should be placed closer to shipping, while goods that are less frequently demanded should be placed further away.
Dead stock is going to occur from time to time as well, so ensure that you have placed adequate space to one side so that it can be stored in. Remember that dead stock is not useless and not without value, and should not therefore be thrown out thoughtlessly. Keeping it to one side can be highly useful in case there’s a sudden demand for that item again, in which case you’ll still have stock available for shipment.
For further information regarding warehouse layout and further advice for the logistics and storage of your company, visit the website of Total Logistics for a whole range of relevant information. Alternatively, contact them directly by calling +44 0118 977 3027.