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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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!