Posted on: June 22nd, 2021 by admin No Comments

Best Storage Options for Heavy Items and Equipment

With managing a warehouse comes a need to understand the requirements associated with storing products and to invest in equipment to meet those needs whilst maximising the capacity of the warehouse effectively. Here we discuss the best storage options for heavy items and equipment.

One of the biggest challenges you will be faced with is effectively storing heavy items and equipment. It is important to carefully consider how these items will be stored to optimise capacity and improve the efficiency of the warehouse management system.

There are several ways you can store heavy goods. When assessing the best method for your warehouse, take into consideration the effect that the storage solution or equipment will have on the warehouse’s capacity and productivity.

It is important that you select a solution that will not only store heavy products but will also maximise the available space and not restrict the movement of people or equipment in, out, and around the area.

Cantilever Racking & Storage

Cantilever racking is one solution to effectively storing heavy goods. This type of racking is supported at one end and extends horizontally. This means it can hold items of various lengths and weights, which makes it a popular choice for storing heavy, long, or bulky items.

Adjustable, versatile, and suitable for indoor and outdoor use, cantilever racking maximises the space available. As the front is completely open, it is easily accessible, which means forklifts can load and unload goods with ease.

It is also hardwearing, which makes it a long-lasting and cost-effective solution, and can be tailored to suit your storage requirements and warehouse environment.

Mobile Cantilever Racking

For warehouses that have minimal space available, mobile cantilever racks may be the ideal solution. They have the same benefits as standard cantilever racking, but with the added benefit of being moveable, allowing for increased density.

Telescopic Cantilever Racking

Although static to the floor, telescopic cantilever racking can crank stored goods in and out, helping to optimise capacity and allowing for a higher density of products to be stored.

The design of this type of racking is based on that of the classic cantilever rack, meaning it has all its advantages, but with the added benefit of additional storage options due to it having telescopic shelf brackets with extendable storage levels.

A-Racking

An alternative option to cantilever racking is A-racking. This solution Is ideal for more awkward to store items such as planks, slats, or strips. These items can be stored vertically within the A-racking system.

A-racking maximises space as both sides are open, so items can be stored on both sides.

The spacing can be adjusted horizontally and vertically to suit the thickness, height, and quantity of items being stored.

To find out more about solutions to storing heavy products and equipment, and to ensure you effectively optimise your warehouse capacity, get in touch with Logical Storage Solutions on 0845 689 1300 and talk to a member of our expert team today.

For tailored storage solutions that are fit for purpose, you can trust Logical Storage Solutions. With over 10 years of experience, we can engineer a bespoke racking solution that meets the requirements of your food storage warehouse.

Posted on: May 28th, 2021 by admin No Comments

How to Make the Most of Your Warehouse Space

Effectively utilising your business space can be highly beneficial. Not only because poor use of space can mean you are not getting good value for money out of your space, but also because this can help to improve efficiency and productivity. Follow the advice below to ensure that you make the most of your warehouse space.

If you are looking to store more, before expanding or investing in more space, you should first look at your existing warehouse space. You may be able to maximise and better utilise the space you already have.

The primary use of a warehouse is to store stock or components so you must maximise the space available to ensure you can store as much as possible.


Extend Your Racking Vertically

If you are looking to create more space or store more in your warehouse, you should first look at whether you can extend your racks up vertically. This can help to maximise your warehouse space without taking up any surface area.


Reconfigure Your Racking

You may be able to reconfigure your existing racking to enable you to store more. For example, if your largest pallet is 1 metre but your racking is set at 2 metre intervals, then you could bring your racking down and be able to fit more beam levels in, allowing you to store more pallets.

Before reconfiguring your racking, you should always check with the manufacturer or supplier of your racking that it is safe to do so.

Install a Mezzanine

Adding a mezzanine is a great way to increase space in your warehouse. Installing a mezzanine can provide you with almost double the floor space. It is also more cost-effective than expanding your warehouse or investing in a larger space.

You will need to check whether the floor loading can handle a mezzanine before having one installed. Also, you will need to ensure that the columns and base plates holding the mezzanine in place would not cause significant disruption on the floor below.

Change Your Storage Medium

Switching your storage medium to higher density equipment can increase your storage capacity. For example, double-deep racking, or push-back or drive-in racks. If you have single-deep racking, you may want to swap this out for double-deep racking.

Reduce Aisle Widths

Look at how wide your aisles are and consider whether they need to be as wide as they are. Try to get them to the minimum width required for product and machinery to pass through, without compromising operating efficiency.

Store Off-Site

If you require extra space temporarily or have excess inventory for certain items, consider using some type of off-site storage such as a trailer or crate.

Consolidate Your Stock

Do a thorough stock check and ensure stock is stored as efficiently as possible. If you have two half-full pallets of the same products, consolidate the stock onto one pallet to free up space.

You may also find that you have stock that you no longer use or need. Alternatively, depending on the type of product you stock, that may have expired. Removing this dead stock will provide you with more space.

Seek Professional Advice

To make sure you get the most out of your warehouse, bring in professionals to evaluate your set-up and to advise you on how best to maximise your existing space.

Here at Logical Storage Solutions, we have over 10 years of experience in engineering bespoke racking solutions for warehouses. For expert advice on how to best utilise your warehouse space, call us on 0845 689 1300 today.

Posted on: April 28th, 2021 by admin No Comments

How to maximise productivity in a cold storage warehouse

There are many factors to consider when you are looking at maximising productivity and efficiency in cold storage warehouses.

Read the following tips and tricks to find out what you can do to help ensure that your cold storage warehouse is performing to the best of its ability.

Maintain the Temperature

Cold storage warehouses are used primarily for storing food, pharmaceuticals, and other perishable items, so it is imperative that the temperature is maintained to preserve the products in the warehouse and to also minimise running costs.

Monitor the Temperature

Monitor the temperature closely inside the warehouse and note any changes. If there are any significant or persistent changes to the temperature, you should get in touch with your refrigeration contractor to find out whether there are issues with the cooling system.

Keep the Condenser Unit Clean

Allowing for maximum airflow will help to improve efficiency of a cold storage warehouse. Condensers are designed to remove unwanted heat from a cold room, so it is important that the condenser unit is kept free of dust and debris to enable it to do perform effectively.

Check Doors and Their Seals

Refrigerated air can escape if there are any problems with your doors or their seals, which means that the cooling systems will have to work harder to maintain the temperature, thus increasing running costs.

You should replace doors or their seals as soon as you notice any cracks or damage in them to prevent this from happening.

Clean the Evaporator Coils

Evaporator coils use refrigerant to absorb heat and lower the temperature of the air. To make sure that the coils can do their job properly, you should ensure that they are always kept clean to prevent restrictions to the airflow.

Consider the Effect on your Workers

As well as the cold storage warehouse itself, it is important to also consider the effect that working in cold temperatures has on workers and their impact on the productivity of the warehouse.

Working in a cold storage warehouse can make workers cold and uncomfortable, which can result in a reduced morale, work rate, attention span, and accuracy. This can cause workers to become agitated and more prone to errors and incidents.

To help make workers more comfortable, you should invest in high-quality thermal uniforms for them to wear in cold storage warehouses.

Choose the correct storage system

A cold storage warehouse requires an intense amount of power to run therefore it is important to maximise storage space as much as possible. This not only allows you to store more stock in a smaller space, it reduces the amount of energy needed to keep the items the required temperature.

Carry out inspections regularly

Having an inspection schedule will help to ensure that changes and signs of potential issues are identified and dealt with quickly and efficiently, thus preventing damage and unnecessary costs.

It is imperative that your racking and storage solutions are checked on a regular basis. The extreme conditions of a cold storage warehouse means you need storage solutions that are durable and working at their best.

For assistance in preparing and monitoring your cold storage system, or if you think it may be time to upgrade your storage warehouse, call us on 0845 689 1300 to speak to a member of our expert team.

Here at Logical Storage Solution, we have over 10 years of experience in engineering bespoke storage solutions to suit each individual client’s needs.

Posted on: March 20th, 2021 by admin No Comments

Top Tips for Food Storage Warehouses

There are thousands of warehouses in the UK which store millions of products. Different warehouses have different rules and regulations, but none are more stringent than those in food storage warehouses.
Although it is important that good hygiene practices are maintained in any warehouse, it is especially important in food storage warehouses.

These warehouses require more than just regular cleaning and maintenance to comply with the additional health and safety standards that come with storing and distributing food. Food storage warehouses must be properly maintained to prevent contamination and foodborne illnesses.

Here are some tips to help ensure the smooth operation and compliance with health and safety standards in food storage warehouses.

Choose the Correct Storage Solution

Having correct and effective storage systems in any warehouse helps to ensure its smooth operation. This is particularly important in food storage warehouses as you need to reduce the risk of spoiling or contaminating food.

Invest in a Good Pallet Racking System

Pallet racking is the best choice for palletised inventory, particularly in a cold room or freezer storage. It is also ideal for maximising capacity in areas where space is limited.
We recommend that you invest in a sealed compartment pallet racking system for a food storage warehouse.

Sealed beams will mean that there is a lack of crevasses for any dust, insects, and food to build up. This makes this type of racking system easy to clean and maintain and reducing the risk of contamination.

Properly Maintain the Storage Systems

You should always practice good hygiene in food storage warehouses, and ensure they are regularly and properly cleaned, sanitised, and maintained.

Having storage systems that are fully galvanised will allow for thorough sanitisation of the systems without causing them to rust or the paint to flake off and contaminate the food stored in the area.

Avoid Storing Food on the Floor

Food stock should never be stored on the ground. This makes it easily accessible to rodents and increases the risk of it becoming damaged and contaminated.

It is important you get a pallet racking system that enables you to store food stock safely above the floor.

Practice Efficient Product Rotation

Most food items typically have a much shorter shelf life, which is why efficient product rotation is so important. This will help to reduce shrinkage caused by stored products going out of date.

First-in, first-out (FIFO) racking systems make it easy to carry out efficient product rotation. Load new stock onto the back of the system with older stock at the front where pallets are unloaded.

This ensures that the oldest pallets are always at the front of the picking line. Therefore, implementing automatic product rotation, and saving you both time and money.

For tailored storage solutions that are fit for purpose, trust Logical Storage Solutions. With over 10 years of experience, we can engineer a bespoke racking solution that meets the requirements of your food storage warehouse.

To find out more about our storage solutions, call 0845 689 1300 to discuss your requirements with a member of our expert team.

Posted on: February 28th, 2021 by admin No Comments

How to prevent a pallet racking collapse

The ramifications that come with a pallet racking collapse can be drastic. A collapse can cause costly damage to stock and other company property. It can also bring business to a standstill and could cause serious injuries or even fatalities. Here is how to prevent a pallet racking collapse.

The majority of incidents where pallet racking has collapsed have occurred as a result of bad practice, poor quality racking, or improperly maintained racking. Meaning these collapses could have been prevented.

In this article, we are going to explore some of the reasons why pallet racking collapses and the associated risks. We will also be giving you advice on some of the measures you can take to try and prevent a racking collapse from happening and causing significant damage or injury.

What are the risks of a pallet racking collapse?

A collapse poses a great number of risks that can be very costly to a business. Whether it be in time or money or reputation.

Loss of stock due to damage caused by a collapse is one of the most common associated risks. Not only can it be costly to replace the stock, but it can also cause a delay in manufacturing products or processing orders which will inevitably harm business.

A racking collapse can also cause injury to nearby workers or visitors, and these can be severe. The worst-case scenario is that a pallet racking collapse causes fatalities, and sadly this has been the case in some instances.

Businesses may also be subject to fines if they are found to have failed to keep working equipment in safe and working order, and they could even be prosecuted.

These are just some of the reasons why you must do everything you can to prevent a pallet racking collapse. Read on to find out some of the most common causes of racking collapses, and what can be done to prevent them.

What causes a racking collapse and how can it be prevented?

Cause: forklift truck collision

Forklift trucks are likely to be operated around pallet racking, and so there is a chance that a collision may occur. When racking is struck by a forklift truck, it may immediately collapse or cause damage that later results in collapse.

Preventative measure: generous aisle space

Utilising space as best as possible is a key objective in warehouses, but safety should be of the utmost importance. By leaving generous aisle space, forklift trucks will have more room to manoeuvre around and will be less likely to hit the racking.

You must always follow minimum aisle space guidelines provided by the forklift truck manufacturers to ensure adequate room is left for the forklifts to move around with ease.

Preventative measure: install rack protection

A cost-effective and simple way of protecting your racks is to install rack protection. The most vulnerable areas of racking systems are typically the end frames and corner columns.
You can strengthen these areas by adding bolted steel, floor-anchored, button-on, or poly snap-on rack protection.

Cause: overloading

Overloading is one of the most common causes of pallet collapses. If you put more on the racking than it is specified to withstand, this can have a negative impact on its structural integrity. It can cause the racking to become unstable and collapse.

Preventative measure: do not overload

You must follow the guidelines and weight restrictions of your particular racking set-up.

It is also important to note that a beams capacity is per pair not per beam. Their capacity also depends on the load being evenly distributed. This changes depending on whether you use decking or place pallets directly on the beams.

Cause: poor design

Racks should be tailor-made to cater to suit individual requirements. Their design should be dependent on the load’s size, weight, and density. If racking is not designed properly, bearing these factors in mind, this can be the cause of a collapse.

Preventative measure: seek professional advice

Ensure the racking system you have in place is fit for purpose, by enlisting a professional to come out and take a look at it. If you do not yet have racking, make sure that you use a reliable company to design and build your racking.

With 10 years of experience in engineering tailored storage solutions, you can trust Logical Storage Solutions to deliver a bespoke racking solution that is safe and meets your requirements. We have worked with some of the nation’s largest and most trusted brands, including IKEA, Amazon, DHL, and Tesco.

If you would like to find out more about our range of tailor-made storage solutions, please call 0845 689 1300 to discuss your requirements with a member of our expert team.

Posted on: January 22nd, 2021 by admin No Comments

The Advantages of investing in long span shelving

Having been around for decades, long span shelving is a simple yet effective storing solution that has stood the test of time. Most commonly used to store large amounts of small to medium-sized stock, it is ideal for retail facilities and warehouses. Here we advise you on the advantages of investing in long span shelving.

Versatile

Although it is ideal for small to medium-sized stock, long span shelving can hold a multitude of products and is excellent for storing longer or more awkward items which are typically more difficult to store.

Durable

Longspan shelving is highly durable and can withstand constant high-volume usage. It is usually made from painted, galvanised steel which is considerably durable yet relatively lightweight.

Its steel construction means that any impact it takes will be largely absorbed so longspan shelving will not become damaged easily and is more resistant to wear and tear than most other storage solutions.

Each shelf can hold a substantial weight of up to 1250kg, and the system can be rearranged and transported several times without compromising its integrity.

Quick & Easy Installation

Due to its simple, modular design, and bolt-free, lock-in system, long span racking is quick and easy to assemble and disassemble. So, if you need a storage solution in a hurry, longs pan racking is an excellent option.

Easy to Maintain

Thanks to its simple design and the lack of special tools required to remove and replace parts, long span shelving is easily maintained. As it is constructed from steel, it is easy to keep clean and is a sanitary option. Plus, its durability means that it does not often need to be repaired.

Adjustable

The shelves in a long span shelving system are fully adjustable. They can easily be raised or lowered in 50mm increments to suit your needs. This is especially useful if you have a variety of stock which you need to store.

Easily Integrated

Long span shelving can be easily integrated with a variety of other storage systems. They are compatible with wooden walkways, steel gratings, fright lifts, vertical reciprocating conveyors, steel gratings, perforated steel panels, and more. The ability to integrate such systems can be very beneficial, as it allows for increased efficiency, productivity and versatility.

Future-Proof

Its modular design makes it easy for long span shelving to be extended and reconfigured. This ability to adapt is perfect for changing requirements and layouts in future.

Cost-Effective

Last but certainly not least, long span shelving is both cost-effective and affordable. It’s a sustainable, tried and tested storage solution which has become a staple in retail facilities and warehouses around the world. Taking into consideration the low maintenance costs and the durability and lifespan, it is worth the initial investment.

With so many advantages it is clear to see why it is such a popular storage system. It is adopted across the globe and for good reason. Long span shelving is ideal for any businesses looking to utilise their space as effectively as possible. It can successfully help achieve maximum storage capacity.

Over the past decade, Logical Storage has engineered tailored storage solutions for some of the nation’s largest and most trusted brands. Including IKEA, Amazon, DHL, and Tesco. We strive to provide exceptionally high-quality products that will solve all space and storage dilemmas.

To find out more about our long span shelving systems, or for advice on the ideal storage solution for your business, please call 0845 689 1300 to discuss your requirements with a member of our expert team today.

Posted on: December 22nd, 2020 by admin No Comments

Key Factors for Layout and Design of a Warehouse

Warehouses are an integral part of many businesses operating in a variety of industries, from manufacturing to retail. A well-designed warehouse can be very effective in storing merchandise and allowing you to sort and find items with ease.

However, if the layout is not planned out correctly and stock is not well-organised, this can have a significant impact on the efficiency of a warehouse which can be of detriment to your business. If the organisation of stock is not thoroughly considered when planning the layout of your warehouse, products could be at risk of becoming damaged and may be difficult to find.

Below are some key factors you should consider when planning the layout and design of a warehouse to ensure that you make the most of the space available and that it operates as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Flow of Goods 

It is important to consider for each product that will be stored in the warehouse, how often this stock is likely to be moved in and out of the warehouse.

Components that are required for the production process more often, or merchandise that is regularly dispatched, should be easy to find and move. Whereas items that are not required as often or not as popular can be stored higher up or further away as you will not need to get to these as often, thus freeing up space for stock that needs to be more easily accessible.

Stock Levels 

Determining the ideal stock levels for each product you stock will give you an idea of how much storage space will be required for different items and help you to effectively plan the layout of your warehouse.

Type of Product 

Before investing in storage systems for your warehouse, you first need to identify whether the items you wish to stock are light or heavy, and perishable or non-perishable. You must also consider how they are going to be stored, whether that may be in pallets or boxes.

These factors will help to determine the ideal storage solution, ensuring that you invest in an appropriate storage solution that is best suited to your requirements and the types of product you will have in your warehouse.

Equipment & Machinery 

Do you or will you have handling equipment and machinery to assist you in the loading and unloading of stock?

If you have machinery such as a forklift truck, this will expand your storage solutions options and will enable you to make the most of the space you have as you can fill your warehouse vertically and stock items higher up.

Objectives 

You should consider the objectives that your warehouse design should fulfil when planning the layout of your warehouse. What is important to you in the design of your warehouse? If you are considering a redesign of an existing warehouse, why is this?

You may want to ensure that you optimise the warehouse space to achieve as an efficient operation as possible. Perhaps cost-effectiveness or meeting a budget is your priority and you want to achieve the maximum potential productivity for the smallest investment.

Another objective may be to streamline your process and eliminate processes that do not add value, or you may want to improve the flow of goods in and out of the warehouse to optimise resources and make the best use of time.

Storage Solutions 

For the best chance of achieving your warehouse objectives, you should invest in storage solutions that are tailored to your business, products, and objectives. Consulting an expert in storage solutions for warehouses will ensure that you make the most of your space and get the best products for your budget and requirements.

Providing first-class problem solving for all space and storage dilemmas, Logical Security Solutions is an experienced provider of storage equipment and office interiors. Our team has experience in designing storage solutions for some of the nation’s largest and most trusted brands, including Amazon, DHL, JCB, IKEA, Tesco, and more.

We offer a wide range of racking and shelving solutions, as well as a warehouse refurbishment service, so you can rest assured that we will be able to help you to determine the ideal solution for your warehouse. Get in touch with us to discuss your requirements today via 0845 689 1300 or info@logicalstorage.co.uk.

 

Posted on: November 28th, 2020 by admin No Comments

Common Pallet Racking Risks and How to Prevent Them

Pallet racking is a great storage solution for warehouses and is amazing for maximising the storage space available, making a warehouse run more efficiently. However, it is essential that all pallet racking is of high quality, installed correctly, and is inspected regularly as there are certain potential safety hazards that pallet racking can cause. Here we discuss four common pallet racking risks and how to prevent them from happening.

Damage from collision

There may come a time when the pallet racking system is accidentally hit with some machinery such as a forklift truck. If this were to happen it can not only potentially cause items to fall from the racking, it could also cause damage to the frame. Even if there doesn’t seem to be any visible damage after the collision, ensure that the issue is reported and the pallet racking inspected. The structural integrity of the racking may still be damaged. If you notice any significant damage, this must be repaired immediately before the situation gets worse.

All members of staff should be trained in the protocol for what to do when they spot racking damage. If the racking is left damaged it could lead to something much more severe and damaging, such as a collapse.

Also, consider installing additional measures to help lower the risk of the collision causing damage in the first place. End guards and rack bollards for example can be installed to help prevent the collision from happening or limit the impact if it did still collide. The design of the warehouse also needs to be taken into account when a collision occurs. Although it was inevitably an accident you need to consider whether the collision happened because the machinery didn’t have sufficient room to manoeuvre around the racking.

Products Overhanging

Overhanging products are a common pallet racking problem. Pallets should only be placed on the racking system designed for that specific pallet size. Overhanging items not only can cause strain, but products can also be damaged and may fall, causing injury to employees.

It is important when choosing pallet racking that you use specialists who can meet your exact needs. Doing this ensures the shelves are the correct height and depth meaning overhanging will never be an issue.

Overloading

Pallet racking systems have weight restrictions that need to be adhered to, to avoid injury to workers and damage to the racking system. All employees in charge of loading items onto the racking need to be aware of these weight limits. They also need to understand how to place the load evenly onto the racking to spread the weight. They should always check the current weight load as well as the maximum weight limit before new pallets are added.

Not installed correctly

Sometimes racking may not be installed correctly, which can pose a major danger. All pallet racking systems should be installed by professionals. Choosing specialists means they carry out safety checks before the racking is used. You need full reassurance that the racking is aligned correctly and is level before anything is placed on it. The manufacturers’ guidelines need to be followed exactly to ensure it is installed correctly and fit for purpose. If this does not happen, the racking can cause a major health and safety nightmare.

Pallet racking can help optimise warehouse operations and make daily tasks much easier. However, all the issues above must be considered to avoid damage or harm. By ensuring the pallet racking is installed and used correctly as well as inspected by a professional regularly, a warehouse manager can use pallet racking to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their warehouse operations.

Posted on: October 24th, 2020 by admin No Comments

How to Prepare Your Warehouse for Winter

Whilst the logistics of running a warehouse is always a challenge, they can become even more complicated during the cold winter months. The darker, shorter days and adverse weather conditions in addition to Winter often being the busiest time of the year for many warehouses can lead to potential risks. Here we discuss how to prepare your warehouse for winter.

Monitor the temperature to protect the stock 

One of the biggest challenges for a warehouse manager is maintaining the temperature. Depending on the size of the warehouse, the temperature can vary significantly. As heat rises, it is not uncommon for the temperature at the top of the warehouse to be very different from the ground temperature. If pallet racking is being used, this must be taken into consideration, as the stock layout will have to be organised in the correct way to avoid any stock being damaged or spoiled. Installing High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fans can help regulate the temperature. Ceiling fans can also be beneficial to drive the warmer air down.

Protect your warehouse staff 

The stock is not the only thing you need to protect. Your most important asset is your employees and you need to ensure their safety. Extremely cold weather can lead to members of staff getting ill and even suffering from frostbite or hyperthermia. Therefore, all members of staff need to be provided with a list of essential items. They need to wear heavy nonslip work gloves, insulated coats, thin layers to help ventilation, hats, and waterproof boots. This equipment will not only help them keep warm, they can help avoid any slips due to the adverse weather conditions.

Cold weather can also cause muscles and joints to tighten. Therefore staff need to stretch sufficiently before doing heavy lifting and try and avoid being stationary for long periods of time. Small measures such as stretching can help staff feel better and avoid injuries which will cause downtime and staff to potentially be absent in the future.

Protect your drivers  

It is not only employees that work within the warehouse itself that you must take extra precautions for. All your drivers must be trained and well prepared to deal with the adverse winter conditions. They should all have emergency supplies such as a snow scraper, first aid kit, blankets, food and water, an emergency phone, and a torch in case they get stuck in snow or have another emergency en route.

Protect your pallet racking  

Although pallet racking is sturdy, it is not indestructible and therefore should be repaired and inspected regularly. This is especially important just before Winter. This is often a busy time for warehouses and therefore the racking and storage systems need to be in top condition. If there is heavy snow, you should also be cautious of snow on the pallet racking as surplus weight from snow and ice could cause it to collapse if weight restrictions are exceeded.

Inspect doors and ceilings  

Another job for the Autumn is to thoroughly inspect the doors and ceilings. In the roof, check for leaks, stains, or cracks. For those warehouses with a flat roof, also inspect to see if the water is pooling and if so, ensure it can drain to avoid any roof damage or collapses. When the doors are closed, can you see any light or draft coming through? If you can, try and get these blocked up before the bad weather hits to help keep the warehouse temperature more regular whilst also ensuring no bugs or debris can enter the warehouse through gaps.

Consider installing air curtains or high-speed doors. These can regulate the temperature of the warehouse as they minimise the amount of heat that can escape.

Install skylights  

Strategically placed skylights can really benefit the warehouse. Not only does it provide natural light for employees and ensure you are not solely reliant on lighting fixtures, but they also allow the warmth from the sun to enter the warehouse. This has been shown to lower the energy costs of a warehouse during Winter. So they are perfect all year round, install them with retractable blinds to use during hot summer days.

Service forklifts and other equipment

All equipment such as forklifts should be inspected before the season starts. Any issues should be fixed to keep the equipment in the best shape. Cold temperatures can have an impact on machinery, so it needs to all be in the best condition before the cold weather arrives.

Avoid slips  

Warehouses are hectic places and involve walking in and out of the warehouse regularly. If it is raining or snowing, this can easily lead to wet floors and therefore slip hazards. It is always best to be cautious. Therefore, ensure there are mats at every door, any excess water is immediately mopped up and signs are used effectively to warn members of staff.

Be ready for shorter days  

Winter can be inconvenient to warehouses due to the loss of daylight hours. In some cases, the dark mornings and early evenings can adversely affect the loading times and operations. If this is the case, ensure a new routine and schedule are planned well in advance to avoid any delays or issues.

Winter can be an expensive and hectic time for warehouse managers. We cannot control the weather, yet there is still a lot that we do have control over. However, by taking the time to plan in advance and take the right steps, the risks and challenges can be tackled efficiently and a safer environment can be created. These actions can also significantly reduce the negative impact on your bottom line.

Posted on: September 30th, 2020 by admin No Comments

6 Common Warehousing Mistakes to Avoid

When it comes to running a warehouse, there are always ways to improve how efficiently they are run. Unfortunately, there are many mistakes that warehouse managers can often make which can negatively impact the efficiency of a warehouse and can lead to a loss of revenue. These mistakes can happen for a variety of reasons, such as time constraints or quickly increasing stock levels because of increased pressure to fulfil orders. Here are some of the most common warehousing mistakes and how they can be avoided.

Using the same racking system for all stock  

Some warehouse managers opt for simplicity and ease and therefore buy the same racking system to make the job easier. Alternatively, they try and save money by buying racking systems second hand. Although this may be a simpler and cheaper option in the short term, they may soon experience issues.

There are several different racking systems for a reason. They are all built with specific purposes in mind and therefore all suit certain items. A warehouse that understands this thoroughly, and invests in racking systems that suit all of their items will reap the benefits in the long term.

It is also important for companies to reassess their racking needs regularly. The racking system should evolve along with their stock and business to remain at maximum capacity.

Neglecting housekeeping tasks  

This is a mistake that companies cannot afford to make as it can severely impact efficiency as well as staff motivation. It is easy to understand how housekeeping tasks can be left to one side during a warehouse’s busiest periods and therefore when staff is low on time. However, ensuring housekeeping is never neglected will provide a much better working environment that can help increase productivity.

For example, a lack of housekeeping can lead to obstructions which impact how well an employee can carry out their job. Disregarding packaging, items dropped on the floor, or products in the wrong locations will all have a negative impact on efficiency. It can even lead to injuries.

Warehouses need to remain organised to provide a better working environment that staff feel safe working in.

Ignoring vertical space 

When planning a warehouse, some people end up missing a brilliant opportunity to use all their available space. Many warehouses are housed in tall buildings which include a large amount of vertical space, some of which are rarely used. When planning a warehouse, using all the vertical space as well as floor space can increase capacity significantly. One great way of achieving this is by installing a mezzanine floor.

By not ignoring vertical space, some businesses can end up saving an expensive relocation. This not only saves money but also precious time.

Holding too much inventory  

One of the most common warehousing mistakes can be the result of the supply chain and can lead to having excess stock on site. Reducing inventory levels can help create a more efficient warehouse. Although bulk purchasing can benefit a business financially, it may be worth talking to suppliers to see if they can order in large quantities but have the deliveries in stages. This will allow you to store the items as and when you need them.

Poor Health and Safety Management  

Warehouses can be extremely dangerous places to work and they, therefore, require constant attention to ensure that all health and safety measures are met. There are many ways staff can end up with severe injuries in a warehouse working environment.

All warehouses should have sufficient signs, designated walking routes, safety crossings, and more to ensure that injuries are avoided where possible. All members of staff should be trained regularly as well, no matter how long they have been working there. Members of staff can develop bad habits over time and can even pass them on to new employees.

Not optimising picking paths  

Warehouses must establish and optimise their picking paths. If there is no system, it can create a hectic environment that lowers your picking rate. This will have extremely negative effects when it comes to the busiest times of the year.

Ensuring all members of staff know the best routes to take means that more orders will be able to be picked and got out of the door.

There is not only one correct way to run a warehouse as there are many varying factors involved. However, by avoiding the mistakes described above, it will place warehouse managers in a good position to make the most of their warehouse and ensure it is running as efficiently as possible.

Even if your warehouse is currently not making these mistakes, it is key that everyone is aware of them. It is easy for these mistakes to occur over time, especially during key, busy and hectic periods.

If you need any advice on which storage solution is best suited to your warehouse, then please get in touch. Logical Storage are ready to discuss your warehouse storage requirements. For more information visit our website or call us on 0845 689 1300.