It’s no secret your material handling equipment is an inextricable part of your warehouse operation. Then why are so many businesses using the wrong storage equipment? Or is it that they’re using the right equipment inefficiently?
Whether it’s a push back rack installed in an environment better suited for a cantilever rack or lack of drive-in and drive-thru racking for long shelf life merchandise, the wrong equipment can spell disaster.
When capital and square footage are as limited as they are in the warehouse environment, long-term ROI must remain top priority. Sometimes that means purchasing used equipment. Other times it means adding an entirely new system to address your main pain points.
And while no one equipment-related decision alone is likely to make or break your operation, there are some useful tips you can use to keep incidents low and productivity high.
Plan based around your product flow.
Whether you hire a material handling and warehouse storage solution expert to help you with warehouse design or installation, or choose to do it yourself, make sure all steps are carefully tracked to avoid workflow impediments.
Update your safety certificates.
Injuries can severely disrupt your output and delay your shipments. Making sure your entire staff is up to date on safety training and certifications can help you easily avoid possible setbacks.
Consider a Used System
While the natural inclination may be to purchase new equipment, you can buy great quality second hand storage equipment and components from Advanced Handling & Storage Ltd, which allows you to save up to 50% compared to the cost of new. This saves a huge initial outlay but still gives the same result.
Create long-term maintenance plans and organise audits
It’s important to engage in preventative maintenance before a problem is ever presented. We can organise your compulsory annual inspection and complete any repairs. However HSE also advise that a fully competent person regularly checks the racking to ensure safety and compliance.
Keep a close eye on your picking and put-away processes.
You can easily improve your piece picking by making simple changes on the line. Try maximizing SKU counts by reducing travel time, regular re-slotting, testing out different picking methods, and implementing automation technologies.
In the end, taking careful notes on all the moving pieces and parts of your warehouse is key if you want to run a successful, productive operation. Be it storage units or material handling equipment, you can make informed decisions to keep things safe and productive while increasing your profitability.
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Want help evaluating your warehouse or implementing significant changes? Then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0800 345 7088 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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