With online shopping increasing in popularity, general warehousing and cold storage in Australia has been consistently growing year over year. Redesigning your warehouse layout and storage systems could be the key to keeping up with industry growth and ensuring customer satisfaction with accurate shipments and quick delivery times.
Conversely, an unoptimised warehouse layout and storage system will reduce productivity and increase picking times, negatively impacting revenue and profits.
3 Signs It’s Time To Redesign Your Warehouse
As your inventory, stock levels, and warehouse operations evolve over time with the growth of the business, your warehouse storage needs will also change. Failing to keep your warehouse layout and storage systems up to date with your expanding inventory and processes will negatively impact the bottom line of your business.
There are a number of signs to look out for that will give an indication that it’s time to consider redesigning your warehouse including:
1) Congested Aisles
If your aisles and dock are constantly congested with pallets, not only is it a serious health and safety concern, it’s a sign that it’s time to consider redesigning your warehouse. Congested aisles can increase the risk of forklift accidents as there is less room for vehicles to pass and manoeuvre, as well as reduced visibility. This can result in an increase in collisions, product damage, equipment damage, and employee injury.
Additionally, to avoid collisions, forklift operators will have to work slower and more carefully, reducing productivity. Redesigning your warehouse to better suit your current and projected future inventory, eliminating congestion in the dock and aisles, will ensure that there is ample space for forklifts to operate safely and make turns with a reduced risk of collisions, increasing productivity and warehouse safety.
2) Storage At Capacity
Another sign that it’s time to redesign your warehouse is if all of your storage systems are at capacity. If your warehouse is constantly stocked to maximum capacity there is no room for growth and little room for optimisation of warehouse processes.
Redesigning your warehouse layout and adjusting, replacing, or adding to your existing storage systems can dramatically increase the storage capacity of your warehouse, increase productivity, and improve warehouse operations.
3) Constant Equipment Repair
If your racking systems are requiring constant repair it’s time to seriously consider a warehouse redesign. A quality pallet racking system that is correctly used and maintained should stand the test of time. In fact, Macrack offers a lifetime guarantee with each new pallet racking system we manufacture.
However, if your current storage systems are requiring constant repairs and replacement parts, you are essentially investing money into a failing product. Additionally, damaged or unstable racks can result in a racking collapse causing damage to your warehouse, products, storage systems, and even worker injuries.
Australia’s Warehouse Storage Specialists
Macrack is Australia’s leading warehouse storage specialists. If you’re considering a warehouse redesign, make Macrack your first call. Manufacturing quality pallet racking systems in Australia for over 35 years, our team is highly qualified and experienced in providing customised storage solutions to maximise the storage capacity and processes of any warehouse.