A warehouse is an important part of a retail business that affects its growth. Though people might not see it on a daily basis, what happens in the warehouse has a huge impact on the growth (or decline) of a company’s profit. Therefore, whether you are running a huge corporation or just starting your own business, keeping your warehouse organized and accessible is something you should give importance to.
Warehouse layout tips
Gather data to come up with a flow
Before setting-up your physical warehouse, it is essential to gather adequate data to help you with your warehouse facility design. Data such as the average pick-up time, returns and exchanges as well as determining how deliveries should be handled are essential to help you come up with a flow. This flow would be the lifeblood that runs through the whole warehouse.
Designate points for easier access
In order for a flow to be effective, proper designation of points should be determined. The processes of completing a transaction (i.e. order, pick-up, and deliveries) should be arranged in such a way that it does not hinder the other operations in the warehouse.
Utilize your space well
The key to running a successful warehouse is to utilize the space well. Allow the majority of the space to operational storage and stock processing and minimize the space you need for work areas and offices. There are different software that can help you maximize the utility of your warehouse space.
An organized inventory means a more systematic access for your employees. More systematic access means better warehouse operation flow. The best way to keep your inventory organized is by keeping it in alphabetical order.
No two warehouses are the same. So it is important to find a management style that suits you and your company’s needs.