Warehouse space is always at a premium. There never seems to be enough room for everything you need to store, pallets are difficult to load or unload, especially when they are odd sizes, and the flow through the facility is start and stop. This happens to every warehouse and warehouse manager at some point, and maybe it has happened to you more than once.
When it becomes a continual problem, it is time to evaluate your storage system. Every warehouse has a theoretical storage capacity, that is, the physical capacity of the space that is designated for storage. If you are set up to store 2000 pallets, that is your theoretical storage capacity.
But there are many reasons that you cannot actually use all 2000 spaces. There may be inventory characteristics, such as odd size or shape of pallets, that could impact your ability to use certain spaces. Storage requirements can also affect your ability to use that space. Items may not to flow in and out of areas faster than others or may require longer term storage. The amount of space you can actually use is your working capacity.
Optimally, you want to be able to use 90% or more of your theoretical capacity. When your working capacity is only 60-70%, it is time to take a look at your storage configuration. There are many different types of shelving that can improve that percentage, as well as increase productivity, safety, and worker comfort.
Difficult to Load or Store
One type of shelving may not be adequate for your warehouse. For longer term storage items, selective pallet racks may be suitable. For odd size and shape items, incorporating cantilever racks will help you make the most of your space, allowing stacking instead of taking up footprint area. They also work outdoors.
Push back racks make items easier to store and pick when they are needed. These work with First In First Out (FIFO) and Last In First Out (LIFO) inventory systems.
Moving to pallet flow racks versus selective pallet racks can increase productivity, making it easier to load and unload pallets in the racks themselves. Strategic placement of those racks can improve the flow of equipment and people throughout the warehouse, providing a safer working environment. Material handling equipment can operate in adequate space with an established traffic pattern that best suits picking, loading and unloading activities.
You can also improve flow by adding conveyors in through select parts of the warehouse. Conveyors move product to people, instead of people moving to the product, to pick it or load it. This saves time and requires less physical labor.
The key to making the most of your warehouse space is placing the right shelving in the right areas. Our experts can help with that. You know your shelving works when you are making the most of your room, regardless of difficult to store or load items, and product and people flow smoothly through your processes and facility.
Chrome shelving provides a stylistic yet useful component to your company’s office or warehouse storage plan. Its versatility allows it to hold large and small items, fit in any space, and reconfigure when necessary.
The shelving comes in several parts, which allows for multiple configurations. Begin with the starter kit, which comes with four posts and four adjustable shelves in varying heights. Once you have the starter kit assembled, you can add additional pieces.
To add more shelves, you first make sure you have the posts to support them. Base posts have secure footings while shorter posts can be connected to the top shelving for added height. There are several post lengths available, from 24” to 86”, to create shelving as high as you need it. From there, wire shelves are added, either individually, or through the purchase of a shelving add-on kit.
The shelving add-on kit contains two posts and four adjustable shelves that connect to your existing unit to expand your storage capability quickly and easily. One side of the shelves connects to the unit you already have, and the other side connects to the two posts that come with the kit.
There also several different depths of shelving available, giving you deeper or wider in place storage. It begins with 3 feet and increases by six inch lengths.
You can also purchase accessories, such as baskets, for the shelving units. Smaller items may slip through the gaps of the shelves, or you may have products that need to be secured in a particular way so it doesn’t roll of the shelf. There are modular stacking baskets, that replace one shelf entirely with a three-part set of baskets, or you can get individual baskets.
For long or odd sized items, there are also cantilever arms that can store items like broomsticks or lumber at an angle, keeping the product off the floor and allowing you to stack multiple items in one area.
If you need mobile storage, you can purchase our shelving casters. The posts sit on the the wheels, instead of on the floor, so that you can push the shelving from room to room or location on the warehouse floor.
There are also bins, wire and solid blue cantilever types, as well as wall mounts for shelving.
No matter what your office or warehouse needs, chrome wire shelving offers an economic and efficient solution.