Warehouse operators often overlook the cost savings and labor productivity improvements that can result from an efficiently organized distribution center. Over the last few weeks some of our tips have touched on the human element
in your warehouse, warehouse technology tools
. In Week 5 we are introducing inventory handling, storage and warehouse setup tips to help you make the most of your infrastructure and workforce investments.
As always, if you have any tips you would like to share please post them in the comments below.
Tip #15: Understand Special Commodity Needs
Make sure that you understand each commodity you are handling and storing. Be aware of specialized storage and handling needs so that you can optimize the warehouse storage space accordingly and plan for proper handling of the goods.
Tip #16: Optimize Your Warehouse Footprint
Think of your warehouse space as the most valuable real estate on the planet. How can you fit more inventory into the same warehouse footprint? Implement narrow aisle storage
within your warehouse to add more rack positions within the same facility space. You can utilize wire-guided forklifts and reach trucks to access products within the narrow aisles.