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Improve Efficiency in Your Storage Space in 4 Steps

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Efficiency improves productivity and helps control costs; the ability to operate efficiently is a pillar of success for any business. Are you maximizing efficiency in your storage space?

Whether it's a small room or a massive warehouse, order, and organization in your storage spaces will help you fulfill customer orders faster and meet customer demands more readily. Learn how you can improve efficiency for your organization.

1. Manage Inventory

Where there is no order, chaos is sure to ensue. From small storage closets to ten-thousand square foot plus warehouse facilities, inventory control is the equivalent of order. Step one to increase efficiency in your space involves managing the inventory that you have.

More specifically, creating a detailed list of all the items you have on hand, the average quantity you expect to keep, and any special handling instructions, such as high-value item security.

This information will serve as a blueprint for determining the specific layout of the space. For example, for the high-value items, you want to ensure you leave room in your layout for the installation of wire partitions to control who has access to these items.

2. Quantify Success

Every warehouse is not the same, because of every warehouse has a different function. Consider the purpose of your space and use this as a guideline for quantifying your success. For example, in a hospital's medical supply storage area, the inventory will likely remain consistent.

In this case, the goal is for healthcare workers to be able to enter the space and find the supplies they need quickly.

For a retailer that updates their inventory seasonally, creating a flexible space that can easily be reconfigured to meet these seasonal inventory changes is of equal importance as the ability to locate items quickly. Widespan shelving is an excellent addition for flexibility, as these shelves can quickly be reconfigured as necessary.

3. Create a Roadmap

Once you have a clear grasp of your inventory storage needs and the overall function of the space, aim to create a roadmap with the layout of the storage area. The placement of every shelf and every inventory item should make sense and speak to a larger goal.

For example, in a shipping facility, organize the space so that the shipping boxes and containers are at the front of the space. Arrange items in sections, such as electronics, household goods, toys, etc.

As the order fulfiller makes their way through these spaces, they finally end up in an area near the loading dock door where they can verify and seal the package. The fulfiller leaves the package in this area, heads to the front of the warehouse and starts this process all over again.  

4. Maximize Space

Space is typically at a premium in storage facilities, both large and small. To increase efficiency in your facility, work towards maximizing the space you do have. A critical step towards this goal is looking at the full potential of your space both in terms of the floor area and the open area towards the ceiling.

For example, in an area where floor space is limited, but the ceiling is quite high. A mezzanine or platform storage system is a valuable addition. Mezzanine systems build upwards and transform single- level facilities into multi-level spaces, almost like building an additional floor, but without the effort and high cost of an expansive construction project.

At the cornerstone of an efficient warehouse or storage space is customization, as the needs of every company will vary. At Atlas-Edco, Inc., we're here to meet your needs. With a vast collection of rack, shelving, and other storage systems, we can help you configure the most efficient design for your space.

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