is better than years of unusable storage space that you
continue to pay for. If you suspect that your warehouse is
becoming a hoarding hole, consider hiring a consultant
to look at every bit of inventory to determine how long
it’s been there and whether it has any potential to move.
The sooner you do so, the more you can minimize any
3. Rearrange the warehouse.
Many times, you can clear space without physically getting rid of products. When a warehouse first begins to fill,
the mindset is not necessarily to prioritize space and to
stock smartly. However, when space begins to vanish, you
can no longer delay rearranging. A consultant can help
you measure your available space, determine the smartest
flow paths, identify movable and immovable obstacles,
and make recommendations for being more efficient with
your space. Typically, they can help you identify where
it makes sense to stack pallets, expand vertically, utilize
tunnel rack space over cross aisles, and more. When the
alternative is finding more (and equally disorganized)
storage space, it’s well worth the expense of pausing to
4. Improve how you manage inventory.
When it comes to inventory management, the “how” is
just as important as the “where.” Warehouses are increasingly using a real-time warehouse management system,
or WMS, to track every bit of inventory as it makes its way
down the supply chain. This helps you make better use
of your space for a few reasons: For starters, you know
what’s moving and what isn’t, helping you make better
ordering decisions. Second, your warehouse workers have
an easier time locating products when they are needed
— allowing them to be more efficient. Lastly, when you
know the rate of movement for each product, you can
better arrange your warehouse so that fast-moving products are more readily available, and the slow movers can
be shuffled out of the way of traffic.
Sometimes you have to expand, and knowing when to
do so is important. It does no good fumbling with a full
warehouse when your needs have outgrown your space.
When you’ve gone through all of the alternatives and still
lack space, it’s time to bite the bullet — but remember to
do it smartly.
Denny Hammack has over 20 years of storage industry experience. He is the President of Patterson Pope, the supplier of high-density shelving storage solutions, products,
and movable cabinet systems.
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