Did you know that the United States might need another 1 billion square feet of warehouse space by 2025 because e-commerce is booming? If you are about to install or upgrade your industrial shelving system, you are in the right place. We have put together this guide to share our top tips before investing in your new setup.
Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of picking your new industrial warehouse shelving.
1. Proper Load Handling
The last thing you want is to choose warehouse shelving that can’t handle the weight of the products you will be placing on top. You also want to make sure that the shelves can accommodate the height and width of the products.
You might want to consider investing in wide span shelving if the products along with the pallets are on the larger side.
Take the time to plan out the installation of your new shelves to ensure shelving safety. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid any of them to tip over and to avoid a possible collapse. The last thing you want is for your workers to work in a danger zone and end up hurting themselves.
Do not install the racks too close together or else forklifts will not have enough room to maneuver in between the aisles. Take the amount of space that the forklift needs to move around the shelving efficiently without knocking anything down.
Keep in mind that you have to take the forklift size into consideration because depending on the size it might need extra room to get to the shelves that are higher up.
4. Receiving Area
Believe it or not, your receiving area needs to be larger than you think. This space is important because receiving is the most critical function in the warehouse. When the orders are received your team in charge of handling the receivables will have to break down pallets, count the items, and ensure everything matches the packing slip.
The space has to be large enough for your team to inspect everything before placing anything on the shelves. If you do not give your employees enough room to work then you can be sure that mistakes will happen.
It is ok to take notes from large big-box retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s. Hang signs at the end of each aisle inside the warehouse to maintain organization and help your staff at the same time.
Being organized will also come in handy when you are training new employees.
Ready to Upgrade Your Industrial Shelving System?
We hope that now that you are aware of our top tips when installing a new industrial shelving system in your warehouse, you can make better decisions before spending your money on upgrading.
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