The layout of a warehouse can affect the productivity and efficiency of its workers, so it’s important to ensure that it’s designed to be as streamlined as possible. From making the best use of your space’s storage potential to minimising floor traffic, proper organisation can help you maximise the output of your warehouse. B&R Storage Systems discusses 3 key elements to keep in mind when deciding how to structure your warehouse’s floor plan.
Safety should always come first in a warehouse. Partition the areas that are designated for staff to move freely on foot and those that are for operating heavy machinery, and make sure that all your storage equipment meets Australian safety standards and regulations. You could also consider installing corner mirrors to improve visibility around sharp turns, and guardrails to keep people away from areas that are primarily full of vehicles.
- Ease of access
Your staff need to be able to quickly find and retrieve stock in order to maximise their productivity, so be logical when planning out where you place frequently used items. For example, if you notice that several items are often required at the same time, place them close together where possible.
Whether they’re freestanding individual goods or pallets full of products way down the back of the warehouse, you should try not to store anything in a way that requires a worker to move something else to get it. This can help streamline the retrieval process when orders are pouring in and reduce the overall stress and pressure amongst your employees.
- Getting the most out of your space
The average warehouse needs to be able to contain a lot of materials, equipment, stock, vehicles, and so on. Think about what sort of storage solutions would best suit your area and allow you to effectively stow as much as possible within safe parameters. This will help to reduce overcrowding and traffic flow disruption due to clutter. For instance, drive-in racking uses minimal floor space and is ideal for high densities of the same product, while raised floor areas are great for utilising unused vertical space in buildings that have a high clearance.
If you’re after excellent new and used storage solutions for your warehouse build, the team at B&R Storage Systems can help. Call (03) 9791 3666 or contact us online and let us take care of all your storage needs.