Sooner or later, any company with an inventory has to face the problem of an overloaded warehouse. Inventory management begins at a list but is executed in the warehouse! For most companies’ warehouse, the picture looks like this – storehouse corridors are littered with trays of products, products stacked on one another without any proper organizing to them, and no space for any more stocking!
So, what is the key to an efficient warehouse structure? Asking yourself a lot of questions! Does your warehouse have racks? If so, how much can they accommodate? And how effective are they? It may be that the features of your product allow you to store it more tightly on specialized shelves. Then it’s better to think about installing an entry rack system, and so on!
To optimize its space, each type of warehouse must be analyzed taking into account the type of goods that will be stored. Below we explain the most common infrastructure to organize your stock depending on the type of items you store.
- Stacked Store
This sort of storehouse depends on item stacking and it is the most easily manageable. The individual storage containers are put one over the other, leaving satisfactory space to deal with the trays with forklifts. If the items are more compact and do not require warm storage, then ventilation isn’t required either. This model allows for the improvement of the surface area used and ensures high stock immersion.
- Shelf Storage
This method is appropriate for items that don’t stack. It enables the warehouse to have more storage capacity via racks, thus also offering the greatest selectivity. The peak of the racks is directly related to the length of the system, while the structure depends upon the strategies used to manage the products. The width of the access paths is prearranged. While this organization method offers easy classification, it doesn’t make the best use of the space available.
- Drive-In And Drive-Through Warehouse
This framework includes the utilization of structures framed by racks, on which the trays are located. It enables the forklift trucks to enter the storehouse and navigate through the goods. This method works the best for a high volume of similar goods and utilizes the classification ease of racking method while also tapping on the high flexibility and navigational ease of drive-ins and drive-throughs.
The major difference between a drive-in and a drive-through is that in a drive-in, the forklift truck could only move on one side of the stack. However, in a drive-through warehouse, there is more flexibility and ease of movement as the trucks could operate on both sides of the rack.
- Cantilever Warehouse
Suitable for storing bulky items and non-standard forms, this allows storage to develop vertically with the consequent saving of dedicated floor space. However, the cantilever method could get tricky, so it is best you reach out to professionals such as Advanced warehouse Structures for dedicated warehouse development.
- Compact Warehouse
In contrast to the last options, a conservative storehouse wipes out the passageways and boosts volumetric and surface production. It is mandatory to sort out the items as per their recurrence and request of planning, or else, this concept could very easily become a mess for a warehouse.
- Shelf And Tray Units For Small Items
When it comes to storing small items, traditional administration techniques include the utilization of racks or trays and an operator devoted to the collection. To take advantage of the available space, items must be sorted as per their request, usage, and size. By doing so, you could upgrade the utilization of trays and racks, and also bring more utility to the unoccupied spaces.
Optimization does not necessarily mean increasing space and dedicated resources. It is more important to organize all of your available capital (physical and non-physical) and balance it in the right warehouse structure, according to your needs. The above tips will help you to manage your warehouse and make it a bigger, brighter and spacious collection gallery.