There are a lot of things to consider when designing a new warehouse for your company. A new warehouse can mean new opportunities for your company, so you need to make the most of it. The key is preparation, and plenty of it. Understanding the needs of your business and its employees will help you design a warehouse that benefits your company for years into the future. Here are a few main things to think about during warehouse design.
What is the objective of your warehouse? What is the main focus and what does your company need to accomplish with it? Clearly defining your objectives will help make the actual design process much simpler since you will have clear reasons for including or excluding certain elements.
First of all, you need to have an idea of the quantities of products that will be stored in this warehouse and the throughput velocities. What are the specific picking requirements? Could you include a first in, last out (FILO) system like drive in pallet racking, or is your inventory time sensitive?
Designing around flow is the best way to make sure your warehouse’s space is optimized. Too much focus on storage can lead to a warehouse that is difficult to work in and seriously hinders flow. If the size and quantity of aisles isn’t a main consideration in the warehouse design workers will have a difficult time retrieving inventory and filling orders. Try to design a system that minimizes the number of touches a material receives while in the warehouse. A material shouldn’t be handled by a person more than three to five times. Systems like carton flow racking can help minimize touches and maximize order fulfillment.
Taking all the facets of your business into consideration during the design process will give you insight into what each department needs and expects from the new warehouse. Some factors and opinions may need to be given more weight than others, but making sure everyone has a voice will help you design the best warehouse for your company.
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