Warehouse rack system comes in diffirent options, many customizable, which are flexible enough to fit the needs of a growing warehouse need. But, selecting a design that is most approriate to an existing infrastructure can be a challenging task. Here are 3 common-sense tips will help you use smart warehouse racking designs to boost efficiency:
1.Protecting the vertical space
Protecting (and increasing) vertical warehouse storage space may be a common suggestion, but it’s a fundamental element in infrastructure design – because it works. There are several ways to execute this, no matter what type of warehouse racking you’re using. For example, adding mezzanine flooring to your existing racking system could create more floor-to-ceiling space and boost the accessibility of shelved inventory.
2.Do not make extensive adjustments to the infrastructure to fit the rack design
Of course, not all warehouse racking systems are tailor-made to fit your warehouse’s dimensions and/or processes, but that doesn’t mean that yours needs to undergo an extreme infrastructure revamp to introduce a new design.
The most popular racking systems, standard pallet racks, are often regarded as being “highly-flexible,” but many forget that these designs require pre-determined aisles to allow for forklift access. So, instead of selecting the most popular option, work with a racking company to customize a design that will support your warehouse as it is and as its operations scale
3.Consider your product mix above all else
As mentioned, there should never be a “one-size-fits-all” option when it comes to warehouse racking designs. Alternatively, each and every racking system should be flexible enough to be at least partially customized to the facility’s inventory storage needs and processes.
Before you even think of selecting a specific racking system, you first must take a close look at all current and, preferably, future inventory that will be stored in the warehouse. As you complete this exercise, be sure to pay especially close attention to product specs and established warehouse procedures to ensure that you are landing on a system that supports your movements. Included in this could be SKU variation/placement and/or picking/handling techniques.
As an example, SKUs that experience an especially high amount of turnover might do better in a single-deep rack or any other form of shallow racking designs.