Warehouses typically run out of storage space because of seasonal peaks, rapid growth, bulk buying, slow sales or facility consolidation. These space deficiencies typically fall into three categories: having too much good inventory, having too much bad inventory and poor use of space. To address these issues, warehouse owners should understand them and how they’re created.
Too Much Good Inventory
A surplus of products can appear positive as far as order fulfillment and customer service are concerned, but it can make the warehouse operate below safety and productivity standards. A look inside such a warehouse will reveal piles of product stacked on pallet racking in New Zealand, or in dock areas. Poor visibility can create a safety hazard, and it can decrease labor productivity because workers spend too much time locating products. However, inventory usually moves quickly, making this space problem temporary.
Too Much Bad Inventory
Having an excess of the wrong type of product is usually an indication that production planning and sales projections were inaccurate, but it may show that the warehouse is not managing inventory properly. Unlike the scenario above, where peaks can be remedied with more labor, having too much of the wrong kind of product can result in prolonged space issues. The quicker this inventory is identified, the faster the company can cover its losses and manage assets by using pallet shelving.
Poor Use of Space
Such conditions are usually caused by periods of steady growth, increased service requirements and changes in storage needs. Improperly utilised space happens in every warehouse, and it is not related to the warehouse’s pallet shelving or inventory type. To adjust to customers’ demands while remaining efficient, warehouses must accept the long-term consequences of short-term objectives like creating floor-ready inventory, pricing products by hand, or creating blended loads for key customers. These issues can be addressed with workstation design and physical layout modifications.
Making More Space
In many cases, space constraints and inventory excesses can result from the above conditions. However, climbing sales and operational consolidation can create a real space deficiency. Where facility expansion and/or relocation are not an option, customers must leverage tools such as pallet racking, redesign the warehouse or improve inventory management practices. Warehouse owners can call on Novalok for the tools they need to manage their storage space. You can visit us at www.novalok.co.nz to view our full assortment of industrial pallet racks and other storage needs.