You’ve seen them, right? Those dream warehouses where products arrive by truck, are efficiently offloaded and stacked on shelves by forklift operators, and later smoothly picked and reloaded for delivery to customers.
Such efficiency doesn’t simply happen by accident. Careful design is imperative if you want to prevent warehouse bottlenecks.
Here are some essentials you need to consider when it comes to your warehouse layout:
Design your warehouse floor in such a way as to maximise the smooth flow of goods, people, and traffic. Related activities and those which precede one another should be clustered together conveniently.
Your aim should be to achieve optimum throughput by eliminating factors that will slow the rate of products moving through the system. Storage design should offer enough space for workers and machinery to prevent cross-flow clashes.
You need to maximise the usage of the amount of space you can afford by cleverly deploying vertical racks and by the shrewd distribution of goods and the siting of offices, working areas, and empty pallet storage.
4) Deploy the FIFO System
To prevent inventory obsolescence or expiry, it is expedient to institute the First In, First Out (FIFO) system. Arrange products in such a way that the first items which came into the warehouse are the first to leave.
Goods should be arranged in such a manner as to facilitate speedy identification and quick removal. Accessibility is particularly important if you store fast, medium and slow-moving products in your warehouse. Pick bin layout should well-designed for efficient order picking.
There are plenty of warehouse design models around but all of them incorporate some, if not all, of the above features.