Here is a quick guide to planning a warehouse re-fit, along with a number of resources via which those considering a re-fit can turn for further advice, guidance and information.
The Many Types of Warehouse Racking
Whether you are beginning a business and have just secured your first warehouse premises or are planning a re-fit in order to expand an existing business or diversify its output, one feature all warehouses require and all business owners will need to think very carefully about and at length is racking.
Racking, and getting the correct and appropriate racking will make or break the success of the project. It is after all the proverbial hands you will be putting your stock and all you invest in or hold into. Hence, those ‘hands’ need to be up to the job and able to juggle a lot.
More, the kind of racking you opt for will need to not only take into account the kind and type of products, stock and items intended to be stored on it, but the size and scope of the warehouse in which it will be fitted, of course.
Hence, ahead of sitting down to start drawing up plans or plotting layouts, it is imperative to understand the many different types of racking out there and available in 2017. Then, and to do this, begin by reading the Storage Concepts guide: What Types of Pallet Racking are There?
Alternative and Additional Warehouse Storage Solutions
In addition to pallet racking, there are a number of storage solutions worth at least being aware of. Failure to do your research when planning a warehouse re-fit, after all will only result in realising a space and layout that reflects your own protracted view and knowledge. Reiterated, this means that if your knowledge of possible warehouse storage solutions and design doesn’t fill a warehouse, you will never fulfil the full potential of one, no matter how much money or time you throw at the project.
Then, it is worth giving the Acorn Warehouse Solutions Ltd website a visit. Experts in realising the full potential of any warehouse space, from re-fitting current set ups to adding mezzanines and additional layers to maximise the use of a warehouse space, the Acorn team’s blog also features the rather informative guide: 5 Main Types of Warehouse Storage, that all warehouse proprietors should be aware of before ever considering a re-fit project or whether they even require a full re-fit, for that matter.
The Importance of Creating an Adaptable Space: Planning for the Future
A warehouse layout cannot be simply designed or created in order to suit your current needs as a business; whilst some businesses fail to realise this and go ahead with designs and plans which achieve this and only this, to do so is paramount to checkmating your business. That is, by failing to foresee the desired growth of your business and plan for this when re-fitting a warehouse, you are effectively stunting your businesses’ potential. If you think of a business as a fish in a tank, your success is only able to grow to fit the size of its premises, or outgrows them and requires whole new surroundings all over again, and in order to survive.
Then, it is of paramount importance before taking up any warehouse re-fit project or even discussing plans for one to first have a clear and concise business plan, complete with projections for the next five to ten years minimum. This will ensure your subsequent plans for a warehouse re-fit include solutions and realise an adaptable space in order to grow your business. The alternative is to waste money on a re-fit that will only need re-fitting in subsequent years, and at the cost financially and in terms of time and productivity of your business. Or, at worst, poor planning prevents your business from realising its full potential and expanding beyond its current size.
The Secret to a Successful Re-Fit: Communication and Project Management
Last but not least, it is all well and good drawing up the perfect re-fit plans, knowing your business and as well doing your research, but fail to employ or select the right managers and people to realise your dreams and this could none the less spell disaster for the project.
Further, it is of the utmost importance to never forget or overlook the reality that re-fitting a warehouse does not just have implications for the space itself, but for your employees and staff equally, and that these are your most valuable and important business asset as they cannot be so easily replaced.
Suffice to say, having to spend time dealing with disgruntled staff and potential walk outs or worse is costly enough, but injuries caused through poor management or communication whilst re-fitting a warehouse could cost you precious time, money and staff or even your business – and that is without accounting for the fact that failing to properly manage or employ the right people to oversee a warehouse re-fit could result in injury or even a fatality.
Then, and to refer again to the advice provided by Acorn Warehouse Solutions, their guide: 7 Key Questions to ask your Warehouse Fit-Out Partner also makes for sensible reading. Meanwhile, for those embarking on re-fitting a warehouse for the first time and / or refitting an acquired warehouse space for a newly begun business, you might also find The Guardian Website Guide: How to Manage an Effective Warehouse makes an illuminating and informative read.