When planning a new warehouse layout, there are several things to keep in mind. First of all, consider warehouse standards. You must adhere to local fire code, have the proper docking doors and equipment, and keep working areas clear. Secondly, your warehouse design will be an integral part of its success or failure.
The most important thing to consider when creating a warehouse layout is the objective of this new plan. Are you trying to reduce your warehousing costs? Increase your picking ability? These are questions to ask yourself at the beginning of the design process. Once you have a clear objective, you can start gathering and analyzing pertinent information. Obtain the specifications of the warehouse, including any exterior features that might affect operations, and look at it with respect to the objective of the new layout.
Next, it’s important to create as detailed an implementation plan as possible—spell out not only how the new warehouse layout will be applied, but when. And once you get to the point where you’re ready to put your plan into motion, keep in mind that the end result may not be exactly what you planned on. If, for example, there were any incorrect measurements or the timeline was unrealistic, the plan will not work seamlessly. Be prepared to make adjustments.
After you have implemented a new warehouse layout, it’s important to check it on a regular basis. If something was not done according to the plan, it could potentially result in workplace injuries, lost product, or decreased efficiency. However, when you have a warehouse layout that works for your business, it will become an important factor in your success.