Using Shelving And Racks To Maximize Warehouse Space
Author: Eileen Verosky

In the warehouse business, physical space is a huge commodity. Boxes can only stack so high. Warehouse workers struggle to sort through boxes of mixed SKUs. Order slips go missing. Inventory is unaccounted for. Customers are unhappy or stagnant. The need for organization is obvious. This is where rack storage comes in.

So why are racks so important in a warehouse setting? Why is finding a way to save space just as important as the customers who fill it?
Companies can spend thousands of dollars on rack structures to ensure pallets are safely and securely set in a manner that creates efficiency for warehousemen. They need these structures to grow business and keep a constant flow in and out of the warehouse. Sometimes racks provide free space to a customer who undershot their sales goal for the month. Sometimes it provides units of the same variety to occupy space together. Sometimes, you just have to make space when new customers come in.

Besides pricing accordingly, there are few things a team can do to manage warehouse space while still putting into place time saving methods. Reaching stock from 2 sides is much more efficient that storing 1 unit type per pallet for fear of not having access to other items on the pallet. By creating a system with 180 degrees of product availability, the warehouse can identify more products with less space used.

Amazon warehouses use these methods so that automation programs can easily distribute and retrieve items. In a typical 3PL setting, this technology may not be as readily available, but the same methods are used none the less. Warehouse workers locate units by location and when sorted in neat aisles, this process works flawlessly.

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