You took all this time to find a location and design a warehouse space that works for your packaging operations. You have everything you need to get the job done, but suddenly you find yourself running out of room on the warehouse floor. If it seems way too soon for you to be thinking about expanding your space, it’s time to take a step back and evaluate your current space to see where you can make improvements.
There are plenty of space-saving warehouse management tips that can help you optimize your current space without having to expand. Take a look at some of these tips below and see if any can help you avoid having to pay for more real estate.
Invest in Efficient Packaging Stations
Packing stations are designed to optimize performance and efficiency. The more efficient your application, the less time it takes to complete and the less space it requires to perform the required tasks. Custom workstations designate a specific amount of space to your application, which can help free up other areas for more storage or automated equipment. Older workstations may not be the most compact design available, so it’s worth it to see what new options you have. Converting existing work areas to more convenient stations may help you reduce your packing space to create room for other operations.
Go Vertical with Storage
Racking systems are an excellent way to maximize space in warehouses. If you haven’t expanded your storage vertically yet, it may be the next step in creating a function space without needing to purchase more buildings. A racking system raises product off the ground and creates layers that stack over one another to free up more floor space. When converting to a rack system, you will need to have the right forklifts and equipment to move product around. But implementing this new system could create tons of floor space, especially if you only use the ground level right now.
Swap Materials for More Compact Alternatives
If you use void fill materials like packing peanuts or bubble wrap, you understand the enormous amount of storage space it requires to keep these materials on hand. You can make a simple switch to something like paper or air pillows and free up tons of space in your warehouse. Air pillow film and paper void fill is much more efficient than bubble wrap or even foam. These materials store compactly, making it easier to work with and keep stored in house. They also come in a variety of formats, so you’re bound to find something that can work for your application. Make the switch and see how much space you can free up inside your warehouse.
Move Towards Automation
Manual labor requires a lot of operating space, especially if you’re working with a large volume of products. Instead of hiring person after person to increase your output, you can start adding automated machines to help speed things up. One machine can replace multiple workstations, which can then be converted into something else. This not only frees up floor space for other operations, but also provides reduced labor costs. You can only fit a finite number of workers in any given location safely, so you if you don’t want to buy more warehouse space, you may need to invest in some automated equipment instead.
There are plenty of ways to optimize your warehouse space and create more room for other needs you may have. Your current set-up may have worked up to this point, but now it’s time to re-evaluate what you’ve been doing to see where you can make improvements. If you take the time to look for opportunities to redesign and condense your current use of space, you can find ways to implement new ideas and new equipment to help increase your operating capabilities.