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shelving and racking

Get to grips with better warehouse management and use your shelving and racking in a more logical manner.

Running a warehouse involves managing a large number of smaller tasks and keeping everything organised is key to effective working. Follow our ten tips for improving your warehouse organisation and get everything under control.

10 easy steps to warehouse organisation

Organisation

Putting organisation at the top of a list of organisation tips might seem redundant, but it’s here to remind you that organisation your warehouse is and must always be your number one priority.

Verify and inspect

Receiving goods is the first part of a chain that runs through everything you do. Get this right, and everything else follows. Make sure your check every item that comes in, inspecting for shortages and damages. Put products away immediately and in the right place, otherwise they’ll show up on inventory but won’t be available for picking.

Logical pick processes

Efficient order picking is key to an organised warehouse. By ordering your warehouse in a sensible way, pick lists become easier to manage. Put your most popular products at the front and group similar products together; this should be based on actual historical orders, not just on what you think works best.

Regular reorganisation

Your organisation plan might work well now, but that might not be the case in a year’s time. New products, obsolete lines and sudden high demand for an existing product are all reasons for reorganisation.

Quality control

Stay on top of this and your life will run more smoothly. Incorrect picks should be identified immediately and, importantly, returned to their place, otherwise you’ll not only end up disorganised, but products might not be available on the shelves when they’re next required.

Safety first

You have legal and moral obligations to keep your staff safe. Don’t cut corners and make sure you carry out regular risk assessments to remove hazards where possible and reduce them when not.

Light well

Too many warehouses are poorly lit, which not only leads to accidents but also results in inefficiency. Brighter lighting keeps employees alert and energetic.

Provide training

Processes will change at times which will require training, but it’s also worth considering regular refresher training on existing processes to make sure employees don’t become sloppy. Also, up-skill workers when you can; you never know when someone in a supervisory position will leave suddenly, and you need to know you have the capacity to cope using existing staff.

The right software

There are countless inventory and management software packages out there, many of which have free trials. You don’t need all the bells and whistles; you only need what’s required to get the job done accurately and efficiently.

The best equipment

Storage equipment varies in use and quality; always make sure you have the best racking and shelving for the job. Think about the environment; if there’s a chance of liquid spillages, use galvanised steel that will resist corrosion, for example.

You should also consider safety here: will a free-standing unit suffice, or should you purchase a racking system that bolts to the wall? Think also about the weight capacity of shelves; Uniform Distributed Load (UDL) is the weight the shelf can bear when the load is evenly spread out across the shelf. One item of that weight in the centre of the shelf could cause it to buckle or collapse.

Shelving and racking can help you get your warehouse under control

Equip4Work carries a fantastic range of shelving and racking systems for all your warehouse storage needs, and they’ll help you to stay organised. With a broad range of material choices as well as systems that are designed to grow with your business, you’ll find the perfect equipment whatever kinds of products your store.

Check out the full range here and talk to our friendly experts if you need help with specifications.

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Last Modified / Updated on: May 31, 2018 at 11:08 am