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Posted on: December 20th, 2019 by admin No Comments

8 Ways to Make Your Warehouse More Eco Friendly

Warehouses can create a lot of waste and use a huge amount of energy. By introducing some initiatives, warehouses can significantly reduce their emissions, create a positive brand image and potentially save costs at the same time. Here we discuss 8 ways a warehouse can easily make changes that will positively impact the environment.

1. Change your lighting

Ensure your lighting is switched to an eco-friendly option such as LEDs. Not only does LED lighting last longer, they produce a lower heat output and can be impactful in your warehouse. Adopting new lighting systems is one of the easiest changes a company can make and see the benefits quickly. The initial upfront cost of the lighting switch is higher than a standard switch, but LED bulbs tend to last longer than standard lighting and reduce the amount of electricity that is used. You will have to pay slightly more for the initial upfront cost of the lighting switch; however, they will last significantly longer and will help cut down on your electricity bill at the same time.

2. Make energy-efficient choices when buying new equipment

Consider environmental factors when purchasing new equipment. For example, many warehouses are now opting for forklifts that are powered by hydrogen as opposed to electricity. Charging a gas canister only takes 5 minutes as opposed to 30 minutes for electric versions. They help reduce waste products, lower your operating costs and improve productivity as the amount of downtime is decreased. Another positive is that hydrogen-fueled forklifts do not produce harmful emissions, helping to reduce the warehouses’ overall greenhouse gas emissions.

3. Use plastic pallets

Plastic pallets are extremely durable, can be used for a range of goods and when they are worn out, they can be recycled. They are also extremely light compared to other materials, meaning that they are more cost-effective when being transported.

4. Start a recycling program

Setting up a recycling program may seem like a daunting task however warehouses do have a lot of waste that is easily recycled such as cardboard, so this is a great way to start. By putting some procedures in place that are easy to teach your staff, you will soon be able to cut down on your waste.

5. Invest in better insulation

Investigate your current insulation. Insufficient insulation can result in a huge amount of heat loss. Although reinsulating your warehouse may appear to be a large and expensive project, the long-term benefits and future savings can easily offset this.

6. Build up instead of relocating

If you are running low on storage or working space, consider building up instead of relocating. It takes a lot of organization, materials and labour to move a warehouse so make the most of your current space before deciding to move. Having pallet racking extended vertically is a great way to increase your available space. Alternatively, you can consider a mezzanine floor to create another level to your warehouse.

7. Cut back on packaging

Wherever possible, cut back on the packaging you are sending your goods out in. Not only will less waste be produced by doing this, the overall cost per package will reduce. Also use biodegradable packaging as well.

8. Optimise your warehouse layout

Plan the layout of your warehouse carefully. By placing fast-moving stock in a convenient location, you can improve the efficiency of your staff.

There are many benefits to warehouses going green. It can reduce your bills, increase sustainability, reduce your carbon footprint and be a great way to differentiate yourself from your competitors. The best thing is, even making small changes now can help make your warehouse more environmentally friendly so try and implement as many things as you can.
Although some of the steps above will take some organisation, planning and initial investment, overtime when the process smooths out, the benefits of being a greener warehouse will be able to be seen clearly.

Here at Logical Storage, we can offer high-quality storage solutions, racking inspections and mezzanine flooring for your business. Call us on 0845 689 1300 for more information.

Posted on: July 27th, 2018 by admin No Comments

Drive in racking vs drive through racking

Often the success of a business comes down to the slightest of margin. If you can take a critical eye to the small details day-in-day-out, then over time you could make a huge difference to the success of your business and the smoothness of your operations.

One key way that businesses can adapt is to further optimise their storage space. Pallet racking systems are a fantastic way to get the most out of the space you already have without the need to move to larger premises. They come in all different shapes, sizes and colours and can suit a variety of different purposes.

Let’s take drive-in and drive-through racking for example, as both are fantastic if you have large amounts of the same product in your warehouse. This type of racking can easily be expanded and help make the most of your warehouse all year long. Let’s look at some of the key differences between these two types of racking and look at some optimal ways that they can be used.

Drive in racking uses a FILO system which stands for first in – last out. This type of racking is ideal for items that move quickly, are very popular or have a short shelf life. Items are stored one behind another along continuous beams. It is also good for items that are too delicate or fragile to be stacked on top of each other.

Drive through racking uses as a first in – first out (FIFO) system where the pallets are loaded in from one side of the racking and are recovered from the other side. This type of system helps you keep things streamlined by eliminating the need for lots of different isles and also allows for independent stacking.

Both of these styles of racking are easy to install and highly adjustable and have helped numerous businesses to transcend their previous storage constraints and effectively grow their bottom line in a quick fashion.

Are you interested in finding out more about our racking solutions? Logical Storage possesses many years of experience in installation and all of our racking is designed to meet all European & British standards of quality. Contact us on 0845 689 1300 to discuss your needs in further detail.

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015 by admin No Comments

Organise your warehouse for 2016

Christmas will arrive and be over before we know, but it offers an important time for reflection with an opportunity to think about how you can push your business forward in the year to come. One easy way that you can do this is by making sure that your warehouse is as efficient as possible.

You can start by thinking about which areas of the warehouse are operating efficiently and which could do with better organisation. The best place to start is by talking to your employees to find out what day to day problems they actually encounter. For example if staff are finding that one item is very popular could you utilize push back racking to allow easy access or could you install double-deep racking to increase your storage capacity for said item.

Identifying overstock is also very important. Items which are not needed, aren’t selling or are just overstocked should be cleared out or moved elsewhere so that you can use that space for more profitable stock. General housekeeping should also never be overlooked, as time spent searching for wrongly placed items or clearing boxes from aisles is wasted time.

A mezzanine floor could also make a big difference to your warehouse, allowing you to arrange your stock more efficiently, increase your storage capacity or even provide you with a dedicated picking and packing area, simply by utilising the upper areas of your building that would normally be wasted. There are infinite design possibilities with a mezzanine floor and they are always tailored towards the requirements of the business having them installed.

Office partitions are another way to improve productivity. They can be set up as admin areas providing you with a distraction free space to complete paperwork, conduct meetings and take phone calls, or alternatively they could be used as a space for staff to take their lunch.

Logical Storage’s experienced team can help your warehouse to perform to its maximum potential. For more information on our racking solutions, mezzanine floors and office partitions please visit http://www.logicalstorage.co.uk/. Alternatively, please call us on 0845 689 1300 for a tailored proposal.

Posted on: November 26th, 2015 by admin No Comments

What is dynamic push back racking?

One of the most important factors affecting warehouse productivity is the way that products are stored and retrieved. Taking the time to consider a different form of storage could help to improve your overall efficiency and give you a competitive edge over your rivals. One such racking system which can make a big difference to your operations is dynamic push back racking.

With this type of racking, you can hold up to six pallets and quickly retrieve them. Dynamic push back racking uses trolleys and steel guide channels to hold pallets, and loads them on a slight incline which means that when you remove one pallet, the other pallets move forward by themselves filling the remaining space.

This means that the fork-lift operator can quickly retrieve pallets, as they come to them rather than the other way round. Push back racking is quick and easy to install and is estimated to improve warehouse efficiency by up to 25% when compared with Drive-in racking.

Push back racking is a great solution for your business if you have high density storage, particularly if you are stocking high quantities of the same item. Push back racking uses a Last-In First-Out principle (LIFO) which means that each time you remove a pallet or load one in it will always remain at the front of your racking allowing you quick and easy access with no unnecessary handling.

Logical Storage’s experienced team can help your warehouse to perform to its maximum potential. For more information on our racking solutions please visit http://www.logicalstorage.co.uk/services/racking-solutions/. Alternatively, please call us on 0845 689 1300 for a tailored proposal.

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by admin No Comments

An overview of Carton Flow racking

When it comes to storage, many businesses find themselves at a loss as how to make the most of the space that they have available. Logical Storage provides a wide range of storage solutions to help make the most of the space that businesses have to work with; one of these solutions comes in the form of Carton Flow racking.

Carton Flow racking is an innovative shelving system which utilises wheels and rollers to move products from one end of a rack to another – saving the operator and the business valuable time, reducing travel time and saving up to 30% floor space.

The picking system that Carton Flow racking uses is made up of wheels and roller shelves which are slightly tilted in order to gravitate products towards the person who is picking them which decreases picking times and maximises efficiency. The operator hand loads the product into the back of the system and can stand back as it is automatically moved to the front of the system ready to be retrieved by another operator. This reduces distribution times and helps to reduce the risk of accidents which might occur during normal transit.

Carton Flow racking is a high performance dynamic storage system and as you might expect, the initial investment costs are higher compared with static solutions like office shelving,  To discuss Carton Flow racking or to find out more about our other storage options please call us on 0845 689 1300.

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by admin No Comments

Transform your business with a warehouse refurbishment

If your company’s premises are looking a bit tired or you need to restore the property back to its original state then you may wish to consider a refurbishment for a number of reasons. As well as the aesthetics and the practical use of a workspace it is possible to increase floor space, upgrade services and update facilities to comply with any regulation changes.

A simple way to increase your floor space is to utilise a racking or shelving system which will allow your business to make the most of the available space while providing more room to efficiently store large quantities of items. An alternative could be to build a mezzanine floor which would provide significant extra space while having a minimal impact on the building’s existing floor space. Mezzanine floors are built independently of a building’s main structure, supported by steel and positioned between floors. Additionally, you might wish to separate certain areas of your business and office partitions can be an ideal solution to create designated office space.

A redesign might apply if you plan to change the use of the building and are required to meet new regulations. On the contrary, if you are a tenant nearing the end of your lease, you might be contractually required to restore your current property back to its original state. This means dismantling, removing and relocating aspects of the building which you have introduced. Furthermore, you will be required to repair any damage to the floors, structure or fixtures.

Any major changes to a workspace can disrupt business but at Logical Storage, we can put together a structured refurbishment solution that minimises the impact of the required developments. For a tailored proposal designed to meet the specific needs of your business, please call us on 0845 689 1300.

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Using mezzanine floors in a retail space

Implementing mezzanine flooring into your retail space can help you to maximise stock and improve your overall profits.

First impressions count for everything and nothing looks worse than a retail unit that is badly arranged or under stocked. One of the most common reasons for under stocking a shop is a lack of space and storage. If you have little space to keep your products then it’s easy to run out of your best sellers. A lack of space can also stop you from being able to arrange your stock the way you want to, leaving you with a cluttered space that doesn’t give off the right impression to your customers.

Mezzanine flooring can be a great solution, but one common fear is that a mezzanine floor will look too industrial for say, a furniture outlet. The truth couldn’t be more different though – they can be customized in a number of ways to make them look modern and attractive.

Another common myth that holds no ground is that introducing mezzanine flooring into your premises will disrupt customers and reduce your footfall. As it doesn’t usually require planning permission, mezzanine flooring can be installed very quickly and is unlikely to affect your shoppers.

When you consider the alternative, to move to a new location, choosing a mezzanine floor seems to be the obvious option. Not only would purchasing a new property be more expensive but you would also have to consider the logistics of moving stock, uprooting employees and finding a way to inform your existing customers where you have moved to.

Mezzanine flooring can help you to maximise overhead space that you might not have thought about using in the past, helping to transform your store and allowing you to sell more of your product.

For a free, no obligation consultation about how we can help your retail business, call us on 0845 689 1300 or visit our website http://www.logicalstorage.co.uk/services/mezzanine-flooring/

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013 by admin No Comments

Telescopic Cantilever Racking

…FOR QUALITY, EFFICIENCY AND SAFETY

THE IDEAL STORAGE SOLUTION FOR OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATIONS

We are always looking for new and innovative solutions for the storage of long products, to maximise capacity and improve operational efficiencies within the modern warehouse environment. With space availability at a premium in many cases, the requirements to provide a safe, reliable, cost effective solution is on the increase.

Our Telescopic Cantilever Racking provides one such solution, the easily extendable and retractable design allows for product to be stored neatly within the confines of the racking, yet remain readily accessible for loading and unloading by means of an overhead crane, without the requirement for any fork truck movements.

  • Load / Unload via overhead crane.
  • Storage capacity up to 4000kgs per compartment.
  • Product lengths up 7.5 meters.
  • Removes the need for fork truck operations.
  • Optimises your floor space and enhances your stock management.


Every organisation, large or small, is constantly looking for ways to gain an edge over the competition… reducing costs, reducing stock damage, increasing capacity and improving efficiency. We can help you achieve these goals and so much more with our racking systems. Our huge experience and knowledge of the industry is essential, taking into account all relevant conditions and factors to ensure you get the optimum installation.Stock is immediately accessible – reducing handling, easing stock rotation and improving turnaround.

Efficiency is increased throughout the organisation, cost are reduced and productivity increased.

ALSO AVAILABLE IN
OUR PRODUCT RANGE

  • Bolted Cantilever Racking
  • Quick-Loc Cantilever Racking
  • Vertical Racking
  • Canopies
  • Curtain-Fronted Racks
  • Fully Clad Rack-Buildings
  • Guide-Rail Systems
  • Pallets & Stillages
  • Mezzanine Floors
  • Staircases & Access Platforms
  • Pallet Gates

Watch a video demonstrating telescopic cantilever racking

Posted on: February 3rd, 2012 by admin No Comments

Different Offices Have Different Uses For An Office Partition

The work environment conjures up many images of employees sitting at desks working at computers and generally performing office tasks. There are a wide range of different office structures and the type of office and desk arrangement will depend on location, industry and number of staff sharing the office space. If an office has alot of staff that are in and out of the building on a regular basis, like sales staff, they may not have specific workstations and will probably use ‘hot desks’ and those may be partitioned off with an office partition to keep the level of disruption to a minimum.

Cubicles

These are common place in a call centre environment, busy offices and large open plan offices when all departments tend to be seated on the same level. Workers can be situated with a block to create a team environment or the cubicle can situate one person where they can feel part of the company but be able to concentrate without distractions.

Private Offices

Office partitions are ideal for creating private offices where individuals can concentrate or work on confidential issues. This offices can then be ‘moved’ or adapted as and when the time arrives.

Meeting Rooms

Often business will have the requirement to hold meetings that may require a presentation or a situation where noise can be made without distracting the rest of the employees. The use of an office partition is beneficial in this instance.

Storage or Stock Areas

Stationery and office supplies for the employees and paper for the printers and photocopier are essential to a well-run company. Although having reams of paper stacked up against a printer is not a professional look aswell as creating a potential fire and safety hazard. A storage or stock room is great for this use and can often be constructed within the office space itself using partitions.

Posted on: December 19th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Things To Consider When Planning Mezzanine Flooring

For a successful mezzanine flooring installation careful planning is necessary. Like all building projects, you need to plan ahead and make sure you cover all eventualities. Here are a few of the things you should consider:

Permission

Do you need planning permission or permission from your landlord before you proceed with the mezzanine flooring installation? Check with your local authority and with the terms of your lease (if in rented premises) to make sure all the necessary permissions are in place.

Purpose

What do you need the mezzanine flooring for. Mezzanines are installed for a variety of purposes including office space, storage, production space, showroom space, retail space, etc. Your mezzanine flooring supplier will want to know the purpose you have in mind to help you choose the right installation.

Headroom

This is probably the most important factor for any mezzanine installation. Generally speaking, the existing roof height should be approximately 4.5 metres to allow adequate headroom on the ground floor and the mezzanine level.

Loading

Your mezzanine installer will want to know the likely loading of the floor. This is usually determined by what the mezzanine will be used for. For example, light office space will not require the same loading as a production space with heavy machinery.

Surface

The majority of mezzanines use high density particle board for the decking surface, but there are other materials available, depending on what you intend to use the mezzanine flooring for.

These are just a few of the considerations to take into account when planing mezzanine flooring. A reputable supplier will help you throughout the planning phase.