Your warehouse is where your products are shipped to and out of. If it doesn’t have a proper commercial pallet racking system, then you most likely will have to deal with many issues when it comes to storage and distribution. Fortunately, it is easy to determine how you can do this.
Here are a few pointers when planning a new racking system for your warehouse:
Look at Your Storage Needs
The first step is figuring out how much storage you need. It’s not just space you should look at but also the density. Many people are surprised at how much they can store in a small space. It all depends on the racking system you use.
For example, deep lane storage allows you to get more storage out of a small space. This is done using pallets, racks, and proper arrangement. Knowing your storage needs and looking at your existing space will allow you to figure out the possibilities.
Think About Accessibility
Your warehouse will be receiving tons of products and you will be taking out a lot from it. The question that you need to ask yourself is how accessible do you want your racks to be and what will have access to them. For example, forklifts are a common sight at warehouses. Will your warehouse allow for single forklifts or double forklifts? How high will they be able to go?
This can be difficult if you want to maximize space. Maximizing your space means potentially moving items to areas where they cannot be accessed quickly. This usually means you will need to focus on accessibility over storage.
Consider Whether You’ll Use FIFO or LIFO
There are two ways to handle your product cycle in a warehouse First In First Out or FIFO is for those who want to maximize stock turnover. You won’t be able to cover up old stock or push them to the back to make space, but it does ensure that you’ll never have old product on hand for very long. This is perfect for those who prioritize accessibility over storage.
The other approach is Last In First Out or LIFO. The newest products will get cycled out much quicker. The problem is that this means the warehouse workers are going for what is most accessible over all other concerns. This can lead to old stock languishing in the back, as it is pushed back constantly by arriving product.
Seismic and Lighting Factors
There are other factors to consider. For example, you want a racking system that will meet local requirements for earthquake resistance. Higher racks can be very vulnerable to that and leave your warehouse in ruins. Lighting is related to this since better lighting will allow for easy identification and smooth storage.
The Options Available
Finally, you’ll want to look at some of the options available for your pallet racking system. Selective pallet racks allow for better access but double deep pallet racks can make it easier to store more products by giving 40 percent more space. These are just some of the systems available. Discuss with your contractor what type of warehouse racking system you will need for your facility.
The right choice of racking system allows for the smooth transfer of product in and out of your warehouse. This saves time and money while improving customer satisfaction. Make sure your chosen system meets all the requirements mentioned above.