Increasing storage space in your warehouse does not have to be expensive.
Most companies that are looking to grow may consider real estate as their only option.
A cheaper way to get more warehouse space is by using pallet racks. At Pacific Bend, we can help increase your storage space by up to 40%. From our office locations in Los Angeles and San Bernardino, we also serve the Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Phoenix areas.
In many cases, business owners are cautious when it comes time to invest in storage solutions. This makes total sense. However, with an increase in inventory, the need for more space will present itself. In areas where only a portion of the warehouse has racking, the answer is easy. Buy more racking. The solution may sound simple; figure out the materials needed and place an order.
Nevertheless, as we continue to learn more about pallet racks, the easy answer may prove to cost more in the end. The reason is this, adding only sections of racking at a time will cause you to lose space. Though, you may ask yourself, how that could be possible. It is true.
WAREHOUSE RACKING & LAYOUT DESIGN
How to get more space in your warehouse-using pallet racks.
You see, warehouse space is much like a puzzle. While empty for the most part, it will have some inside buildings and column posts. If you only add racking and inventory as needed, you are likely to place these in empty areas. This process creates unused pockets of space that are lost.
So how do you reclaim this lost warehouse space?
Have you ever heard the term, “planning is everything”? Well, when it comes to layout design, this is very applicable.
Let us look at how we can improve the process and increase our own warehouse space. The first thing we need to do is to find a reliable vendor. Someone that has a lot of knowledge and experience with pallet racks. In this “someone”, we are looking for a partner that will work with us to solve issues as they come up. We can then follow a simple planning process to create the best layout.
- Our plans need to include the entire space.
While we will only purchase a portion of racking for our space, by including the entire warehouse, we avoid the loss of pockets of space.
- We need to take into account all areas of operations.
The work flow and handling of goods back and forth throughout the facility plays a big role in our design. A good layout can boost productivity by up to 20%. Items to consider include:
a) receiving h) security
b) offloading i) returns
c) inventory j) health and safety
d) operating hours k) forklift trucks
e) pick areas l) pallet size
f) labeling m) commodities
- Also, consider your budget and associated costs.
If a complete warehouse, storage solution may be out of our budget. Break it down into a few phases. In this way, you optimize your space and can expand as your business grows.
- Considerations for Seismic Areas.
In seismic areas, additional bracing may be required. For more information take a look at this FEMA article.
Redesign your warehouse space and boost storage capacity at the same time.
What to do if your warehouse has pallet racks already?
If you have already installed some racking, do not worry options do exist. Having learned about warehouse racking design, we now have a good grasp of what it takes to create a good design. Even if your warehouse is full of racks, a seasoned designer can come up with new ideas that are new and innovative. Depending on the type of goods you store, new technology may come into play.
In some cases, vendors like Pacific Bend offer a trade-in program to help you increase space. The program works like this, after a site survey Pacific Bend will make their best recommendation. This may include keeping some of your existing racking. Depending on the age and condition of obsolete racking, they could make you an offer. In the event of old or damaged racking, Pacific Bend will still make the best suggestion by working around this.
WAREHOUSE STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Search no more; our industrial storage solutions can help you reclaim lost space.
If you are looking to increase the storage capacity of your space with pallet racks we can help. Our friendly sales staff is happy to chat about your needs and have been in this business a long time. We can advise you on a pallet rack solution to fit your needs. Not only will you get the best quality, but also a great price that fits your budget and will not break the bank.
We have been storage solution experts for 30 plus years with many clients on the west coast. We have helped many end users and Material Handling dealers to choose the right systems for the storage challenge at hand. Our designers know how to get the most out of your valuable floor space and use pallet racks to reduce the footprint.
Our specialty is in the layout design process.
- The first step is to do a site survey to determine the size of your facility.
- We also speak with you about your needs and requirements.
- The positions of structures, doors and/or window are noted.
- We advise you on risk and other issues.