When it comes to arranging your warehouse, it is worth remembering that no two warehouses are likely to be the same and that the way you look at laying yours out needs to focus very specifically on the items you are storing there.
Ultimately, any warehouse needs to store its inventory effectively whilst utilising the space that is there in the most efficient way.
First off, you need to make sure you have the right racking. There are a huge number of different racking solutions and being sure that you buy yours with size and your inventory in mind will help you save space and far more easily access the items you need. For this, you need to know what you are likely to be storing. If you have many different types of product, you will need many, shallow rows. For those will large quantities of just a few products, the opposite will apply.
Accessibility also needs to be taken into account. Your aisle widths need to be decided based on two main factors. Firstly, the amount of space you actually have to store items and, secondly, whether or not you need forklifts. Should you make aisles too narrow, you won’t be able to use the right type of forklifts, but should you make them too wide you will be wasting valuable space. Instead, consider grouping larger and smaller items together so that you can have different aisle widths in different areas.
By purchasing used forklift trucks, you may well find you can afford more sizes of different trucks to access different areas of the warehouse and in turn make the most of your space. In addition to used forklift trucks, pedestrian trucks may well help you save even more space.
The more focused your warehouse is, the more you can store, the easier you can retrieve it and the more profit you can generate all round.