As experts in warehouse storage racking and the assembly of mezzanine flooring for warehouses, there’s nothing we love more than seeing a warehouse properly and efficiently packed, making use of every inch of space to maximise speed and profits.
In the life of a growing business, however – sometimes a complete change of scenery is the only option. Companies often outgrow their premises, and there is only so much extra room you can squeeze out of additional mezzanine floors for warehouses.
Moving an entire warehouse is a daunting task, so here are a few tips we’ve gathered from experience over the years, to help make it as painless as possible.
- Evaluate the layout of your facility
A big warehouse move is a chance to start fresh with designing the layout of the facility, and a great opportunity to install extra storage in your new space before the stock moves in. You may want to reconsider your racking and shelving, or even extra mezzanine flooring for warehouses that make use of every spare inch.
Take a look at your old warehouse and take note of what works, and what doesn’t in terms of layout. Did all departments run smoothly the way they are, or would it be worthwhile to reconsider? Your warehouse employees will also have great ideas to share, because they have first-hand experience of how your facility runs.
- Clean up
Now is a chance to evaluate all the inventory that has been gathering dust and taking up unnecessary room. Shelving, racking and mezzanine floors for warehouses give you huge amounts of extra space, so don’t waste it on inventory that doesn’t serve a purpose. Consider an auction to get rid of old clutter.
- Watch out for sticky fingers
Theft and pilferage are unfortunate realities in all industries, and your stock is never more vulnerable than during a big move or warehouse reconfiguration. When pallets are being packed by movers and unpacked at their new location, there is ample opportunity for stock to go astray. To help reduce this issue, assign trusted workers to inventory duties, and try to keep the use of outside contracted help to a minimum. It is also a good idea to stretch-wrap and mark pallets so that you can identify tampering more easily.
- Focus on Safety
There is plenty of heavy machinery involved in the moving process, including forklifts. There will also be plenty of tearing down of shelving and racking going on, making this a potentially dangerous situation for all involved. Make sure that all machinery operators are experienced and qualified, and follow all appropriate safety measures during the move.
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