4 Tips for Setting Up a New Warehouse

Warehouse with a good setupSo, you’ve finally chosen the perfect warehouse for your business’ storage needs and you’re now excited to set it up with heavy duty long span shelving, floor markings, and all that good stuff. You probably know by now, however, that it’s not going to be an easy job.

You don’t have to lose sleep while thinking about what your warehouse layout should be, though. Here are some tips to help you get started on a setup that’s conducive to productivity.

1. Create an Extra Large Receiving Area

Your receiving team has one of the most important functions in your operations. If anything goes wrong, the whole process is affected. Having enough space to work in when counting and reconciling items to a list or breaking down pallets makes work easier and less confusing.

2. Receiving and Shipping Must Be Separate

Preferably, these two areas must be on separate ends of your warehouse. Like receiving, shipping also entails double-check counting and building pallets that all need to be recorded. Peak seasons won’t be friendly if you had these processes in the same area.

3. Dead Stock Must Have its Own Area

You can’t continue to keep your dead stocks with your moving stocks. Create a separate area for them, so when liquidation comes, you won’t rely on the numbers but on the actual products as well.

4. Put Frequently Picked Products Closer to Shipping

This is an ultimate timesaving tip. Imagine having your most popular products stored the farthest from shipping. Efficiency would be lost right away. If they’re stored closer to shipping, it would take less time for everyone to finish the process and you can have them shipped out in a shorter turn-around time.

Remember that as your business grows, your warehouse needs may change as well. Choose shelving and racking systems that are easy to customise based on your inventory, and train your staff well on these possibilities. Once all these are checked off your list, you’ll be ready to get down to business.

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