How Small Businesses Can Maximise Warehouse Space

If you own a small business, you know how important it is for everything to run as smoothly as possible. This means that you need to be organised and efficient and to maximise every asset you have, even down to the last square inch of warehouse space. There are several ways in which you can make the most out of your storage, whether you have a facility on site or simply rent space in an external one.

 

  1. Organising a usable layout is key in keeping your warehouse space efficient. Staff will need to access it regularly, so it needs logical order. Having to move pallets every five minutes to get to frequently used items is a drain on productivity, so ensure your space is user friendly. You may need to re-arrange stock from time to time depending on whether you have seasonal or time sensitive stock, so shelving, racking or storage units may need adjusting to accommodate this.

 

  1. When organising you warehouse space, be sure to regularly review your stock; have you made provision for new stock to be delivered? It’s sensible practice to organise items based on their type or use, keeping them in one central location. This way you can easily find items you are looking for. Try to fit your inventory neatly and use containers which are size appropriate. One small box inside a large container is wasted space.

 

  1. Old stock can take up precious space in a warehouse, and if you’re never going to sell it, get rid of it! It’s money down the drain when you’re not maximising space that could be used for faster moving or new lines. Unless you need to store your business’ assets, keep control over your stock. Out with the old, in with the new!

 

  1. Warehouse management software will help you move with the times. Keeping abreast of your inventory is much easier with modern technologies. If you rent warehouse space, your provider will have many clients, and so have an automated system is

 

  1. If your provider has access to forklift trucks or other lifting equipment, then vertical space can be utilised. Adjusting or increasing shelf height will allow a greater volume of stock to be stored on a small footprint.

 

  1. Clearing up your floor space might sound like an obvious action, but you’d be surprised about how much space is wasted because of debris and detritus. Unused equipment and pallets can account for a large portion of valuable storage space that it is not used to its full potential.

 

At Eynesbury Warehousing we provide commercial storage unit solutions for businesses throughout Bedford, Cambridge and Hertfordshire offering self-storage or palletised storage options. Call our sales team today on 01480 215555 to discuss your company’s requirements. We will be the best storage company you have ever used!

Small Business Warehousing

No client is too small in today’s climate as we struggle to claw back lost sales, revenue, and business that was lost when the pandemic hit last year. It’s no different in the warehouse sector and even the smaller clients can make up a large chunk of revenue. So whether you’re the warehouse owner, or the small business looking for space, providing or finding the right unit is important and can be advantageous to all concerned.

 

If you’re the Warehouse provider

Small businesses may just be your bread and butter! Don’t overlook what they bring to the table, as multiple smaller clients can add up to a large profit.  Never underestimate what the future might hold for a small or start up business; they may not have the stock or inventory to justify hiring a large space right now, but they may anticipate rapid growth and need extra warehouse space in a relatively short time frame. As their business grows, so could yours!

In the meantime, maximising the space given to the client is key. Rearranging inventory and its storage and shelving will make the most of the space that your client is paying for until they’re ready to buy more space when their business grows.

 

If you’re the Small Business Owner

Do your research. Before you rush into a bright, shiny, new facility, talk to some existing ones too. A new facility could experience ‘teething troubles’ and some systems take a while to get right. The advantage of an existing facility is that they’ll have a wealth of experience, have tried and tested systems in place and are better geared up to be more flexible with your requirements.

Having said this, all warehouses should offer you certain features, regardless of how long they’ve been in business; appropriate storage/shelving or racking for your products and the methods in which to fulfil your orders. This could involve transporting stock with forklifts, all of which will meet safety standards.

With seasonal shopping being big business, many small companies rely on the likes of Black Friday and Christmas sales for the majority of their turnover. But where can you store your seasonal stock? Warehousing (particularly if your chosen facility provides flexible services) is the answer to a small business’ prayers.

Warehouses, by design are safe places for mass storage, giving you a safe and secure place to store your goods. Competent security can help keep your mind at rest, knowing that the products you store there are safe. They’re built to be sturdy and keep your goods safe in almost all situations.

 

Here at Eynesbury Warehousing, all stock is professionally handled by our trained and experienced staff. Storage and retrieval of palletised goods is effectively controlled by our fully computerised stock control system, providing an instant and responsive service. We have a well established facility, backed up by years of experience. Servicing Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire, we have excellent transport links making us the perfect choice for small and large businesses alike. Find out more here.

Warehousing FAQs; Your Questions Answered

Here at Eynesbury Warehousing we provide commercial storage unit solutions for businesses throughout Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire, offering self-storage or palletised storage options.

Here are some of the questions we are regularly asked about our facility:

What kind of warehouse storage do you offer?

We offer both commercial and domestic storage solutions. For palletised stock, we provide long and short-term storage solutions within our clean dry warehouse, including pallet delivery and full RH & D.

If you require commercial or domestic self-storage, then our container storage is often an appropriate solution. If you are a business looking for a self-storage, to save you time we can enhance this option by accepting deliveries on your behalf.

Can I add extra stock?

We have over 60,000 square feet of highly secure, dry warehousing with full receipt, handling, and despatch services available so accommodating you as your needs change is never a problem.

Do you offer furniture storage?

For your bulky and valuable items of furniture we provide safe furniture storage solutions within our warehouse. We can store furniture for individuals and businesses across Cambridge, Bedford, and Hertfordshire. Packed in a purpose built, wooden, furniture storage container, providing an environment that guards against dust and damp, your furniture will remain in excellent condition throughout the duration of its storage.

Is it cost effective?

Our terms for basic palletised storage and business storage are simple. You have nothing to pay ‘up front’. We do not require a deposit; you only pay for the storage unit that you need, and our terms and conditions are simple and easy to understand.

We are happy to store your furniture for any period of time. With our simple, easy to understand contract and only one month’s minimum rental and notice period for cancellation, it couldn’t be easier!

Is your warehouse secure?

Protected by our professionally installed, maintained, and monitored state-of-the-art Alarm System and backed up by fully recorded CCTV, you can be sure that your stock is always safe and secure.

When using self-storage, how should I pack my goods?

When using container storage, we recommend you pack your property in sturdy containers with lids. For ease of locating individual items, clear plastic storage containers are advisable if you plan to access your property regularly. You must provide your own secure padlock for your self-storage container ensuring no one has access to your property.

 

As a family-owned business, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with superior service and an efficient warehouse storage facility. Our warehouse is maintained to a consistently high standard, providing a clean and secure area for your stock, goods, and furniture. Call our friendly team to discuss your warehousing requirements on 01480 215555.

Keeping Covid Habits

With the UK’s vaccination programme having been rolled out and offered to every adult, the results are a welcome relief for everybody involved. New infections will fluctuate for some time to come, but thankfully the death rate has dropped dramatically, and the panic associated with the virus seems to be subsiding.

 

As restrictions ease, it is essential that we do not let our guard down. Cleanliness and social distancing must be enforced for the foreseeable future if we are all to remain safe and halt the spread of the virus. But what has become clear in the past 12 months, is that many of the instructions issued to help keep us safe have now become a habit. Experts say that it takes an average of 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic, so to wear a mask, stay socially distant and keep up a routine of hygiene and cleanliness has now become second nature.

 

In the warehousing world, cleanliness procedures are in place to keep the workforce safe and practices applied to help them stick to their new habits.

 

Here are our top tips to help maintain warehouse cleanliness and hygiene, in the current situation as well as beyond the pandemic.

 

Safe pick up and drop off

Provide safe pick up and drop off points at your warehouse premises. Make sure all incoming stock and packages are sanitised and handled carefully. Try not to share pens and tools etc, but if you must, keep the supply sanitary.

 

Disinfection station

Make disinfecting wipes and or gels available so that personnel can clean as often as they need to. Drivers may want to wipe down their cabs or forklifts between shifts, particularly if they are operated by more than one person.

 

Ventilation

Keep good ventilation within your facility. Opening windows will help create a draught that will keep the air inside moving. The use of fans could help to draw fresh air in but may also move contaminated air and airborne germs around, so should be used with caution, particularly in staff dense areas.

 

Work in stages

Keeping a large facility clean and sanitised is a big undertaking. Make employees responsible for a specific area; creating a checklist will help keep track of when each area was last cleaned.

 

Talk to your workforce

Explaining why these rules are in force will give a better understanding, even for those who have been fully vaccinated. Treat your rules as you would any other health and safety issue; it is an employer’s duty of care to ensure all employees are safe while they are at work.

 

Are you looking for a warehousing solution in the Cambs, Beds or Herts region?

Situated just outside of St Neots town, with fast access to the A1, A14 and A428, centrally located between Huntingdon, Bedford, Cambourne and Baldock, our location is perfect to provide easily accessible storage and warehousing for Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. You can get in touch with us directly on 01480 215555 or click here for more details.

Warehousing: Contracting Vs Buying

While warehousing ownership has many advantages, the obligations connected with leasing or buying your own facility can outweigh the benefits for most growing businesses. You may be weighing up whether owning or contracting warehouse space is the best decision for you and your company. Let us help you decide!

Think space!

Weigh up the risks involved with committing to a set amount of square footage. When you own a warehouse there is not much room for manoeuvre so you could find yourself with surplus empty space, or not enough during seasonal periods. Contracting allows a far more flexible approach, with room to breathe at peak times.

Sound business investment?

The cost of setting up a fully functioning warehouse is not one to be sniffed at. It is difficult to operate without state of the art inventory monitoring and security systems which all cost money that could be ploughed back into your business elsewhere. Renting space means that those costs are taken care of by the facility owner.

Low starting costs

You need a space that is ready to move your stock into, right? Buying or building a facility is bound to take time, not to mention money that you might not have. With contracted services there is no timescale, no waiting for construction and/or maintenance repairs, and no huge bill at the end of it. Just a monthly rental cost without any unforeseen or unexpected charges.

Scale up or down

Contract warehousing allows you to grow along with your business. There’s room to expand when you need to and similarly decrease your space during leaner periods. Your needs can change in an instant, so it is important to have a flexible approach, especially if you run a small or new business. Wasted space is money down the drain and can cause strain on the rest of your business, stealing your focus from more important matters.

Why choose Eynesbury Warehousing?

Because we are committed to providing an excellent service with attention to detail. Situated out of town, with excellent access to the A1, A14 and A428, our Cambridgeshire location is perfect to provide easily accessible storage.

For further information please give our team a call on 01480 215555 for a free no obligation quotation.

Will Increase in Online Shopping Have an Effect On Demand For Warehouse Space?

Online sales are booming whilst the high street struggles. As we’re emerging from lockdown and non-essential shops are now open, is it too late to change consumer shopping habits back to a pre Covid state? Many online retailers’ sales have soared throughout the last year, and the need for physical shops seems to be dwindling.

During all 3 lockdowns, there has been an upsurge in DIY; people have not been able to go on holiday or socialise. That coupled with the money saved on the daily commute means that time and cash has been spent on home improvements instead. The parent company of B&Q and Screwfix cashed in on the DIY boom seeing an increase in profits of a whopping 634%! Much of this has been through ‘click and collect’ sales.

Retailers have had to adapt to new shopping trends and pull out all the stops to ensure sales are keeping the tills full, albeit virtually. High rents are forcing many shops to keep their doors shut permanently, but many virtual doors have opened as a consequence. Instead, the warehouse ‘space race’ is on! Warehousing offers a lower outgoing whilst providing the storage space needed to house stock to satisfy internet shoppers. According to the Office for National Statistics, online retailers accounted for more than 40% of warehouse take-up in 2020 as they adjusted to the increasing levels of demand.

When you factor in the demands for warehousing services to the likes of the NHS who need to store huge consignments of PPE, it’s no wonder that warehouse storage space is at a premium.

With online sales projected to account for up to 32% of total retail sales by 2024, this will have significant implications for the logistics market. The growth in e-commerce is helping drive demand for space whilst B to C retail requires more intensive picking and packing operations in comparison to regular retail. This has created the need for additional warehouse space.

We provide commercial storage unit solutions for businesses throughout Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire, offering self-storage or palletised storage options. Call our Cambridgeshire based team today on 01480 215555 for more information.

Why Should Businesses Make Use of Commercial Storage Facilities?

There are many reasons why a business might need to make use of commercial storage facilities at some point. Moving offices, scaling down the business and storing equipment that is used infrequently are just some.

Here are some common scenarios where we can help with storage for your company.

Relocation

Moving premises is one of the key reasons why you might need a temporary storage solution. If you are moving into smaller premises there may be a need for a slightly longer term solution until you figure out what you will move and what will stay in storage. One thing is for certain: business storage will take some of the stress out of moving.

Infrequent use of equipment

You may have equipment on your premises that is gathering dust as it’s not used very often. This can be items such as exhibition and conference equipment or seasonal items. Storing them offsite at a storage facility will free up your office space and can be retrieved as and when you need them.

Refits and decoration

If you are changing the décor at your business, a short term storage solution may be a much easier option – you can clear the place to make your builder or decorator’s job easier. It may save time in the long run too, rather than having to work around cumbersome furniture and general office paraphernalia.

Surplus stock

If your stock isn’t moving as fast as you’d like, or you’ve just got surplus, commercial storage makes an excellent stop gap until you have the room at your business to store it. With so much retail stock being seasonal, it makes sense to put it into storage until next year when the current season is over.

Archives

UK companies are required by law to keep records for at least six years. This can be difficult if you don’t have the storage space on your site. Storing these records at a dedicated and secure storage facility will help keep your business premises clutter free.

 

Here at Eynesbury Warehousing we can accommodate both long and short term storage solutions which are protected by state of the art alarms and fully recorded CCTV. Call our sales team on 01480 215555 to talk about your company’s requirements.

Changes in the Warehousing Market

During these difficult times, we are seeing massive changes across multiple industries that may be affecting your business. Here are some of the developments that Eynesbury Warehousing have identified towards the end of the last year in the warehousing, supply and logistics category.

During the previous quatre, we noticed an increasing demand for omnichannel retailing that is expected to impact the warehousing industry significantly over the next five years. Latest reports indicate that the rise in online buying is testing the limits of warehouse spaces as customers shift from physical stores to the internet. This drastic shift to virtual shopping is now seeing a rise in the warehouse and storing market.

In addition, the COVID- 19 pandemic has forced countries such as the UK to close their stores and consequently force how shoppers think about their buying behaviours. For example, Amazon, Aldi and Lidl have recently reported that they desperately require additional warehousing space and workforce to keep up with demand. This is because many warehouses are now catering to food products, pharmaceuticals, and essential household goods.

Also, the demand to slow inbound container flows is growing rapidly as retailers and manufacturers are struggling to fulfil delivery times due to warehousing restrictions. This is because some locations are not being deemed a key provider during the pandemic.

What does all this mean for us? Well at Eynesbury Warehousing, we are remaining fully operational and have been deemed an essential business during the pandemic. We are still providing storage for companies, protecting their property, equipment, vehicles, and products to provide long and short term storage solutions.

If you need any assistance with your warehousing needs during this pandemic then please feel free to reach out to us! A member of our friendly team would be happy to help and find a solution to meet your needs.

Forklift Tips to Keep your Warehouse Safe

Forklift trucks are extremely useful pieces of equipment used to lift and move materials, enhance productivity and reduce manual labour particularly in warehouse and factory situations.  They can also be very dangerous if misused, resulting in serious injury.  Thousands of injuries are caused every year by the use of forklifts, sometimes by untrained operatives or faulty equipment.  Of course accidents can happen even when all procedures are followed, but there are measures that can be taken to minimise the risks of those misfortunes.

Below are some tips to help you keep your staff and premises as safe as possible.

Training

You have a legal obligation to ensure that anybody in your organisation who operates a forklift truck is fully trained.  Fork lift training can be provided by in house trainers, or external training providers to the standards outlined in the L117 Approved Code of Practice.  This will ensure that they are fully assessed and competent to legally operate a forklift, ensuring they can keep themselves, their colleagues and any visitors to your warehouse safe.

 

Provide Safety Work Wear/Protective Clothing

Your operatives should be supplied with safety clothing to protect them during working hours.  Hard hats should be worn at all times and are a must.  To protect feet, capped shoes should be supplied – a trapped foot under something heavy could be disabling without them.  Hi-vis jackets should be issued to everyone who visits your site, not just your forklift operative.  Loose fitting clothing should be discouraged as it could be easily trapped in machinery.

 

Schedule regular safety inspections

It’s really important that your machinery is serviced regularly to keep it in good working order, but as with driving a car, the responsibility to carry out simple checks before every journey falls with the operator.  Before every use checks should be made to the brakes, steering and tyres.  If further faults are uncovered, they can be recorded and scheduled for repair.  The vehicle should be taken out of action until all faults are repaired by a trained and qualified mechanic or engineer.

 

Safe loading practice

One of the biggest causes of accidents with forklifts is unbalanced/unsafe loads.  If the load is not secure or is too heavy or high, the vehicle can tip.  There are some simple rules to follow when picking a load:

  • Load materials tilting slightly backwards towards the vehicle.
  • Loads should be safely stacked and spread as evenly as possible across the forks.
  • Check for obstacles in all directions (including up) before stacking.
  • Use secure bindings or straps to secure loads
  • Do not exceed the maximum load capacity.
  • Check the load before moving off.
  • The forks should be low down when the vehicle is moving.
  • Ensure you can see above the load and that you have clear visibility before moving off.

 

Avoiding Hazards

It’s important that you know the area in which you operate a forklift.  Any lumps or bumps in the road can also cause the vehicle to tip.

  • Stick to a 10mph speed limit.
  • Check for low ceilings, doorways or other restrictions to your destination.
  • Avoid ramp edges.
  • Slow down for corners.
  • Use your horn to warn pedestrians in your vicinity.
  • Know your stopping distance.
  • When using ramps, move forwards in an uphill direction and backwards downhill.