So, you’ve found the best shelving and racking system for sale on the market, what now? Many warehouse managers fairly new to the position tend to make fundamental errors when it comes to organising their racking systems.
Organising a shelving and racking system might seem straightforward, but there are several factors to take into account that can slip by the wayside when installing a racking solution.
Racking Shelving: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Finding the best shelving and racking system for sale is only the first step in creating a successful warehouse. You need to be able to organise your racking systems efficiently in order to capitalise on your purchase. In order to do that, here are some possible pitfalls that you’ll want to avoid.
- Plan for the Future
Many managers focus on the present and don’t take future growth into account. But it’s always better to have alternative options on hand and not need them than to have no options and need them badly. This is why it is important to consider growth when planning a warehouse. Make sure you know what will move to where when the time comes for expansion.
- Consider Processes
Workflow should be a priority in your warehouse. You want each process to be uninhibited by other processes, and lead to subsequent processes in a logical manner. It is thus important to map your warehouse’s processes and then lay out your pallets in a way that encourages smooth workflow between them.
- Match Segments to Roles
Your warehouse will function far more efficiently if you set up segments of it to match the duties being performed in those segments. This way, warehouse roles are clearly defined by their segments and high-speed operations won’t be inhibited by mismatched areas.
- Consider Pick Paths
If pick-rate is down it isn’t necessarily because of the stock pickers. Unclear or convoluted pick paths can add a lot of time to a picking run. It is thus important to define clear pick paths that begin at the furthest point from the shipping area and move towards it in a logical fashion.
These are just some of the potential problems certain warehouses face with regards to layout. But, with the proper amount of consideration, they are easy to avoid. For more information contact the friendly folks at Krost; we’re racking South Africa one warehouse at a time.
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