Warehouse design can be one of the trickiest parts about running a successful business. The layout of the warehouse can play a large role in determining how efficient a company is.
Lost hours are sometimes a result of poor planning that leads to poor execution in the warehouse. There isn’t a successful warehouse anywhere that doesn’t implement the use of forklifts. Good layout designs should be based around the movements and patterns of regular forklift use.
Another factor that can mitigate high accident rates is proper lighting. Poor lighting can lead to mismanaged item numbers because they are too hard to read, and it can lead to collision accidents.
Maintaining proper space is another important facet of good warehouse management—especially in regards to forklift movement. It’s not about how large or small a warehouse is, but how wide the paths are for your forklift to make turns and operate without interference. Make sure your aisles are spaced far enough apart as well as your items and materials stacked vertically and neatly.
This one seems like common sense, but is often overlooked. By creating shortcuts in between large aisles your employees will be able to cut time off of long routes and can better navigate through the warehouse. By adding a direct path you will shave of minutes daily to your employees tasks. These minutes will add up and create larger profits for you.
Making sure that the surface of your warehouse floor is clear of debris, potholes and the like will lessen the likelihood of accidents. By having regular cleaning shifts morning and night your warehouse will remain hazard free.
While some of these tips are obvious others are not. Warehouse layout and design is just as important to productivity and production as any other aspect of your business. Make sure you are always considering this when contemplating your warehouse layout.