Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Contributed by Actis furio
Take a look around your house when you get home this evening and look at all the shelves on the wall. Why were they put there and not five inches to the left or right? Or should they be higher to better maximize the high ceiling? You probably didn't consider this when they were first hung as you were more concerned with aesthetics then efficiency, but that isn't a luxury warehouses can afford.
In terms of shelving obviously the best way to make it an asset to your business rather than a burden is to customise the warehouse shelving from scratch. Starting with a floor plan of the space available to you is a good way to valuate your options. This way you can decide on the height, width and placement of the shelves made in expanded metal that will fill your warehouse space with the flexibility of being able to make the most of every nook and cranny.
In regards to smaller warehouses for small businesses one of the major things that are overlooked are the timing of the arrival and departure of goods plus the many possibilities that can make your goods unsellable due to damage. A negative aspect of this is that in smaller businesses where the inventory system isn’t as sophisticated as other bigger warehouses is that goods can be unsellable and therefore obsolete but still be taking up space. Warehouse managers may be unaware of this and shelf space can be lost unnecessarily. With tight budgets sometimes it is also harmful for a firm to writing off damaged stock on warehouse shelves as the stock value on the books can change dramatically and successively change the value of the business.
Management of the stock on shelves is just as important as the layout of the warehouse itself. In saying this creating an operational warehouse can reduce the damaged stock and therefore increase the profits.
Naturally all of this depends on what is being stored and how often it is being sold and replaced. By efficiently registering what goes on the shelves the warehouse managers can inform the pricing managers about which products need to be cleared through product promotions and which can be kept without becoming obsolete.
Having the right equipment is essential for access to all areas of the warehouse, which gives these managers greater elasticity in supervising the stock and making sure that the storage of goods is working for your business and not against. At the end of the day this is the purpose of a warehouse, increasing the capacity of your business to supply to customers.