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If you manage a warehouse, it might be time for a few improvements to increase productivity and reduce maintenance costs. But how do you know when it’s time for an upgrade? It’s not only about your shelving and racking space, but other factors too. Maybe these few tips will help you to decide.
Firstly, you should determine whether or not your facility will be able to sustain your current and future requirements effectively. This is a clear indication of how urgently you need to renovate, if applicable. This is about the space you have available and the infrastructure of your building. Can you handle the new electrical requirements? Do you have enough space for your workers to move freely and safely? Do you have enough break rooms and bathrooms to accommodate everyone?
These are just a few of the questions that you should ask yourself if you are in charge of a warehouse. There are three other important aspects for you to consider:
• Loss of revenue. If you start losing out on potential profits due to an inefficient workplace or the fact that workers need to use a workaround, it might be time for an upgrade. Don’t only think about buying equipment, but also about buying more space for everyone to be productive in.
• Overcrowding. This can be very difficult to work with, as it will literally influence your working processes negatively. It’s essential that there is space for everything and everyone to work in and that you can reduce the amount of potential injuries that might occur in an overcrowded warehouse.
• Overloading. If your warehouse or building can’t handle any additional loads, do not overload the structure. You will be setting yourself up for disaster and you don’t want that liability on your shoulders. Rather expand your warehouse if you can no longer install additional shelving and racking options, so that you know that your structure is secure and safe from overloading.
Assessing your warehouse needs is always important and you should do this on a regular basis if you want to make the most out of your business. Expansions are good, because that means your business is growing rapidly. Although you should work within your budget, safety should always be your number one priority.
Krost Shelving provides high quality shelving and racking products that are reliable, proven through our years of excellent service to the southern African market.