Keeping your warehouse in order and well maintained can be a challenge for many business owners, as new stock can come in and make it more difficult to find the older stock. One of the best ways to keep your warehouse organised is to find an effective storage solution. When everything has its place it’s easier to find, which in turn can help your warehouse run more efficiently.
Here at MSA, we want to help you keep your goods safe. To help you on your way, here are our top tips for effective storage solutions.
Give your warehouse a spring clean
Giving your warehouse a deep clean allows for many things to happen. Firstly, you may find small tools or stock that fell through the cracks. This also gives you the chance to do things like a stock take and carry out quality control. During this process, it also allows you to declutter your workspace as well. Once you carry out the deep clean make this a weekly or monthly task to carry out.
This can make your warehouse run more efficiently, as staff will have a clear understanding of the layout, and it allows them to work more effectively and efficiently around the warehouse.
Utilise the space
It doesn’t matter how big or small your warehouse is, it can sometimes feel like you never have enough room for anything. So it’s important to find a way to maximise your space.
Once you’ve deep cleaned your warehouse, you’ll probably find some space in your warehouse that you weren’t utilising. Shelving above conveyors and other equipment can help you store tools and equipment in a convenient place. The same can be said for items you store in multiple locations, consolidating them, and keeping them in place, can make things more efficient for the running of your warehouse and can save space.
If you don’t have any floor space, try installing some vertical space, so you can take advantage of the height of your warehouse. Good examples of this include shelves, storage towers and if your warehouse allows a mezzanine. If you choose to do so, you’ll want to make sure that the goods you’re placing on this vertical storage space are safe and secure, to ensure it doesn’t get damaged or fall out of place. The top priority for any warehouse is to keep their goods safe and secure. One of the best ways to do this is by investing expertly cut protective foam that can be fitted to perfectly to protect your warehouse goods.
Keep similar items together
If you stock similar items in your warehouse, for example, if you have engine parts for various car models, keep them in the same part of the warehouse, so it’s easy to monitor stock levels of the goods and can help keep you and your employees informed that they’ve found the full inventory.
Reduce the number of shipping containers
Shipping containers can take up a lot of space in your warehouse, and reducing the number of them in your warehouse can help you streamline your operations. Having several shoes and sizes for your containers may seem like a good investment at the time, but it can be ineffective as it can take time for workers to figure out what size and shape are most effective for the products. Did you know you can get custom foam inserts that can be used to help you maximise the number of products that can be stored in a shipping container? Talk to our team to find out more.
Custom foam from MSA
Foam can help you keep your warehouse in order. It can help protect your goods and can help you when it comes to shipping your goods out of your warehouse as well. If you need some assistance in choosing the best protective custom foam for your goods, send us a message and our team would be more than happy to help you.