Utilize warehouse space for industrial storage
A good warehouse can be vital to a business – you need your inventory to be properly tracked, counted and shipped in a timely manner. Storage and organization is the key to a successfully running warehouse. You need a shipping team that handles your materials well, inventories correctly and uses your storage efficiently. Here are a few tips on how to ensure that your warehouse storage is being used to its full potential.
Material Handling and Inventory Control
The most important part of your business is your inventory. These materials and goods need to move quickly and be stored efficiently. The best way to do this is with good warehouse storage systems.
The first step you should take as a business owner is to decide on warehouse storage shelving. Depending on your inventory, shelving can take the form of open wire racks, closed bin shelves or even closed refrigerated rooms with multi-level shelving. Good warehouse storage racks, some even with castors on the wires to easily slide boxes and pallets, will help you with your material handling. Consider a cold storage system for perishable food items. A temperature-controlled indoor storage system can protect delicate items like books and papers from disintegrating or being eaten by vermin.
The next thing you need is an organized inventory system. Shelves should be lettered or numbered and inventory stacked in even numbers. Every time something goes out or comes in, it should be noted. Inventory control can be computerized (likely much easier for any business with less room for error) or for smaller businesses, kept in a log.
Types of Warehouse Storage Racks
Pallet racks can help with your warehouse storage orders – organizing each order by pallet makes it easier to ship.
If you have oversized goods, a cantilever rack can help you access materials without effort. Cantilever racks are strongly built industrial racks with long arms for storing items like metal sheets, lumber or piping for construction projects. If this is your business, cantilever racks have the advantage of allowing you to store your items outside – they are extremely durable.