How To Get More Life Out of Your Warehouse When Moving Isn’t a Viable Option
Picture this scenario: Business at ABC Company picked up significantly over the past three quarters. The increase in new orders is good for the company but starting to cause capacity problems in the warehouse. Management is pleased with the growth but for several reasons is not willing to consider relocating the warehouse operations to a larger facility. They are however willing to consider alternatives to ease the problem.
What does one do? The size of the warehouse will not change. Constantly rearranging product to capture the most floor space is not efficient. If your company’s warehouse is bursting at the seams, maybe it’s time to look up for inspiration.
I’m not talking about prayer, although that might not hurt.
Most warehouses contain more space than one realizes. That unused vertical space offers the potential to transform the warehouse footprint from tight spaces into one with plenty of room. The key is tapping into unused space with the right products. Here are two.
Mezzanines. According to an article in Material Handling & Logistics, the average height of the typical warehouse/distribution center is between 28 and 36 ft. Adding a mezzanine to the warehouse can in some cases double the available floor space, increasing productivity and efficiency. An industrial mezzanine has the ability to withstand heavy loads, making it a viable alternative when moving is not an option. Mezzanines also cause less disruption as assembly does not require a facility shutdown.
Pushback rack systems. These systems offer warehouses at or near capacity the ability to maximize floor space and improve efficiency. A pushback rack can accommodate between two and six pallets and load/unload from the front position, reducing time it takes to access the products.
Several companies manufacture these products including Cubic Designs and Steel King. The prices for these products are much less than building or moving to a new facility.
However, there is another good option to consider—investing in used mezzanine and pushback racks. Used products purchased from a reputable dealer offer the same benefits as new mezzanine or rack systems. The difference is the cost and that often is significantly less.