Equipping even a relatively small warehouse with a suitable racking system can be a costly exercise. Consequently, it is important to make sure you get things right first time. Should you fail to do so, it might mean that your operation will not run as efficiently as you may have hoped. However, in the event of a more extensive disruption, it could mean you might be faced with the need for an expensive replacement system far sooner than expected. The following tips should help you to avoid both of these possibilities.
Firstly, when budgeting, be sure not to sacrifice quality for a low price tag. A warehouse racking installation is a long-term investment, so you want the assurance of a long-life product. You should also be aware that specialised pallet-flow or push-back systems do cost a little more. Before choosing, be sure of your storage requirements. Will you be storing medium-to-large palletised items, for which a standard or narrow-aisle system will be fine, or might you need a carton-flow system for storing small items such as spare parts? Choose racks that you know will meet both your known and your anticipated needs.
If you are planning to grow your business, you might need to expand the capacity of your warehouse racking, so it will be in your best interest to purchase a system that is readily scalable. If not, then your objective should be to identify a system that will ensure maximum efficiency for your current operation.
Especially where floorspace is limited, extending the use of vertical space for storage purposes makes a lot of sense. By expanding the height of your system and capitalising on space that is frequently overlooked, you can avoid the disruption of a future need to move into larger premises and the exorbitant cost of each additional square metre this would inevitably entail. In parallel, of course, the choice of narrow-aisle warehouse racking offers a way to make better use of the existing floorspace.
Among the additional properties of a system that will tick all of the important boxes are the ease with which it can be assembled, dismantled, and relocated if required, plus its robust design and versatility. A DIY installation offers a safer way to economise than buying a cheaper product. Where forklifts and heavy pallets are in constant use, only a heavy-duty product is likely to be tough enough, while a versatile system will ensure the flexibility to accommodate changing needs.
Finally, choose a storage solutions specialist with a well-established reputation for quality products and reliable service. Choose Krost Shelving.