How Can I Maximise Space in the Warehouse?


Throughout a company’s lifespan, they will face many instances of warehouse space becoming tighter and tighter and raising the concern that they will require expansion.

The thought of buying new space may provide a feel of your company rising in rank, but it also showcases that more needs to be spent which affects the bottom line for the company. Running out of space can lead to bad practices for stock storage – leading to inventor damage, missing orders and all damaging potential injury to staff.

To reduce cramming everything together or paying out a fortune for expansion, you could give your storage solutions an overhaul to make better use of space.

Rethink and Analyse

When your warehouse was configured, it probably was not done so with thought for the future. This leads to moments of chaos as you start to approach maximum capacity towards that initial layout.

By taking a moment to consider some options before everything cramming together, you can discover alternative ways for storage before the room is completely devoured by stock. When a quieter period rolls around for your business, it is a perfect time to plan.

Start with fully auditing your inventory to see what stock you are carrying too much of and what is not selling – it all takes up valuable space that can be better utilised with a bit of planning. Determine what you have against what you realistically need and move all of the surplus stock into storage.

Vertical and Temporary Solutions

By discussing with your staff and evaluating their training to see where things may be going wrong, you can have valuable insight into how much storage you can save or access.

You may find that building up instead of out may be the best solution open to you. It saves considerable money to invest in something that takes advantage of vertical space that is not used currently.

Narrow pallet racking systems can reach up towards ceiling level for more conventional use. Providing your forklifts can reach this level, you can stock heavier items towards the bottom and lighter items towards the top of the items that do not sell as much as those on floor level.

Better Use of Small Space

Another way you can save is by utilising rooms in the building that are not in use to stock small items on commercial shelving or other warehouse storage equipment to make them more accessible for staff.

For all industrial storage racks and office equipment Manchester, contact the team at Monarch Shelving. Create more warehouse space today!

Which Shelving is for You?


All workplaces are different and require different approaches to being provided with commercial shelving units, racking and storage requirements. If you have warehouses, offices, storerooms and other areas within the perimeter then you may require differing warehouse storage equipment throughout.

How do you know which area requires different storage solutions?

Understanding Difference

Whilst you may think one solution is just as good as another as long as they are simply stacked away, it is not the case at all. If you choose the wrong storage type then you stand to be in a lot of trouble, and not just to the money in your budget you have just wasted.

It takes some forward thought and some guidance from a professional to be able to correctly ascertain what storage is needed for what area. You need to take into account such things as height, weight capacity and storage that will be placed onto it.

Office

In an office environment, the shelving requirements generally fall into light-duty shelving. Being lightweight and easy to put together, it suits the general look and feel of an office environment is being able to store everything from folders to important binders and even awards.

To make sure the product lasts the longest, weight should be evenly spread across the shelves to avoid any dipping from heavier objects placed.

Storage or Stock Room

Depending on the type of stock you are looking to place on your shelving in this area, there are many different types of commercial shelving you can choose from.

Whilst generally considered too small an area for larger pallet based racking, commercial shelving units can store food, boxes or files that are generally considered medium-heavy products. These shelves will have to be cautiously stacked though for fear of overloading them.

Factory or Warehouse

Manufacturing and distribution is a typically big area of operation that encompasses a large array of different stocks flying in and out all day and night.

Assuming you require storing bulky and heavier supplies or equipment around the warehouse, more heavy-duty storage such as pallet racking would be the ideal choice. Pallet racking systems can store upwards of 2,000kg per shelf and are bolted to the ground and sometimes the walls to ensure that they are stable and strong enough to take the abnormally larger stock.

When it comes to kitting out your business premises the right way, you need to talk with professionals who know which is the best for you. Contact the team at Monarch Shelving today.

Promoting a Safe Warehouse Environment


The number one concern when operating a busy warehouse environment is promoting a safe workspace through the day to day operations.

Due to the potential for large, heavy items being stored, the safety of staff members is vital in ensuring that the storage solutions and warehouse storage equipment are correctly installed, inspected and to a safe standard, ensuring no one is prone to risks or injury and business can continue to be efficient.

At Monarch Shelving, we understand the risks as well as the benefits, so highlighted are some considerations to make sure your operations and shelving solutions are satisfactory.

Equipment

The big key in ensuring your warehouse storage is working correctly for your business falls into using the correct equipment. To best maximise space and keep your workforce safe, you may require more compact storage solutions for different products or certain areas of the warehouse that can be better utilised by commercial shelving.

Radically increasing the likelihood of safety in the usage of the right kind of storage shelving, you ensure that your warehouse environment layout provides better access and space in aisles.

Organization

By ensuring your products on your pallet racking and shelving are correctly labelled and segregated, you provide better productivity by not having all products stored together in mismatching heights and widths on shelves.

This eliminates staff searching for long periods and holding up orders, making sure that everything is presented in order and easily located. Managing your inventory to this level provides safety against accidents caused by overcramming or ill-fitting products to shelves that could fall from being improperly stacked.

Correct Stacking

The number one cause for warehouse injury comes in the form of warehouse racking collapse, due to it not being inspected properly, installed to standard or collision from forklift.

This makes it vital that all pallet racking is stacked properly for the safety of your staff. Depending on the item there are a few different ways that products can be stacked, such as bagged items in a pyramid or uneven items having plywood underneath for stability.

By making sure that your staff understand through training about removing products from the top of the pile instead of the bottom or middle, you greatly reduce falling products. Also, regular training for forklift and picking drivers on how to navigate aisles safely is required, as well as regular shelving inspections whether an incident has occurred or not.

 Contact the team at Monarch Shelving for all your needs for industrial storage racks.

What is an Agile Warehouse?


Today’s often utilised keyword in distribution and warehousing is optimisation, and it is a process that can be done within days to make a warehouse improvement, or to quickly adapt to business challenges, shifts in the market and consumer buying habits.

Fully transforming your warehouse into an agile resource is the big step to pushing your business towards fully operational success.

Improvements in Warehousing

Traditionally, your warehouse is utilised for bulk storage and commercial goods. Over the last decade, many implementations have been introduced such as warehouse management systems, automation and newer storage solutions to make the business more productive and flexible.

This plays greatly into boosting the business into a more competitive edge as well as streamlining your operations. Having a scaled, correct floor plan of the warehouse layout can be revisited many times throughout your business lifespan, and having an agile warehouse involves planning and installing the right storage solutions for your goods.

Storage

Installing and operating flexible industrial storage racks is key to any warehouse operation. Our recommendation would be installing the right warehouse storage equipment for the operation not only in place but with avenues for growth.

Pallet racking should always be measured and space allocated, being sure to leave enough room in the planning for manoeuvrability and operations between the racks. Some systems extend to the ceiling level where the storage of more obscure and specialist stock can be placed, out of the way of more in-demand stock that shifts a lot faster. It is also useful for stock that would otherwise fill the end of an aisle providing risk for staff, picking trucks and forklifts.

Allocation for Smaller Stock

Other smaller products can be stored in smaller rooms via commercial shelving, keeping them away from larger stock items and having their designated area along with other smaller pick items and stock.

By ensuring that your stock does not overrun and you take instinct on providing smaller stock items with an area complete with simpler shelving solutions, you can maximise the flow of your warehouse around racking by ensuring these larger products do not share a space with smaller products that would be susceptible to damage by association. This in turn reduces any risk of damage or injury to employees picking stock around more hazardous large products that could fall and be fatal.

For more information on warehouse improvement, industrial storage solutions and office equipment Manchester, contact the team at Monarch Shelving.

Smaller Shelving Options


No matter how well planned or spacious your warehouse is, you will always have those little spaces left around the premises that can be utilised with smaller shelving options for more storage.

Whether they are awkward corners, smaller aisle space or lower ceiling areas that can affect your implementation of pallet racking or industrial storage racks, they can be quite an eyesore when you know something could better use that space but are not sure what.

These smaller spaces can be best utilised to install smaller commercial shelving systems which allow for more maximising of space and being a little creative.

Smaller Shelving

Taking account of your smaller spaces, you can always look into shelving that can fit the space or be made to fit.

These spaces would suit those smaller items that are slotted in aisles between larger bulkier items, meaning you are getting a more streamlined and decluttered warehouse setting by better utilization of space.

Restructuring Quantity

When you shift some stock to a smaller area, you will no doubt have to re-evaluate the number of certain products that are shipped to you.

For smaller items previously, you may have ordered twice the amount to fill out a pallet rack bay. With the shift in how you store it, you will need to rethink the amounts that you are provided with to prevent them from being overloaded. If you reduce your requirement to a half pallet quantity, they not only keep your stock healthy but are also much easier to find away from larger items that could dwarf them on pallet racking.

Set Up Cross-Docking Space

If you have products that shift much quicker than others, you can benefit from looking at smaller shelving options to install towards your main docking space.

It also works for space to store items that are heavier and bulkier than pallet racking aisles can handle, but setting up some shelving saves a lot of time in documenting and storing without having to take time in adding them to the main inventory.

Store Room Shelving

Old disused offices or break rooms within the facility can be utilised to a great capacity with the use of warehouse storage equipment and commercial shelving.

Many much smaller items can be stored here, or even a lot of back-office stationary or filing can be put in archives within there to maximise space in other areas that may be cluttered. Using shelving systems helps to keep them all organised whilst making the best use of disused space.

For more information on warehouse storage equipment, contact the team at Monarch Shelving.

Measure Your Pallet Racking


You may be under the impression that all pallet racking measurements are the same standard, but each system will differ in size by the brand as well as dimensions, lengths and capabilities.

This is why all pallet racking beams are to be measured accurately to ensure they are fit for their purpose around your specific work environment. Here we look at how to accurately measure your pallet racking to ensure your order and install the right racking for your needs.

Width and Depth

As mentioned earlier, standard racking beams are measured differently by different brands and vary in size. This leads to difficulty when fitting it to current shelving and racking units.

The standard width for pallets is around 40 inches, but you will need to determine the accurate size of your pallets to determine the size of the system required. By measuring the width of a pallet racking beam from the inside of an upright frame and measuring the length to the opposite upright frame, you will have accuracy on the width.

To measure the depth required for the pallets and goods to sit, measure the crossbeam from top to bottom. This step is very important in helping you determine the amount of weight your pallet racking can support. The larger the beaming face, the higher the load capacity.

Height

This measure tells you how tall the front of the upright frame of the pallet racking beam is from top to bottom.

Take your tape measure and start to measure from the bottom of the frame above the base plate, measuring to the top. When you have completed this and have the width, depth and height all accounted for, you need to consider other factors to determine the correct system.

Extra Considerations

You will need to ensure that weight capacity is comparable with the stock you will be placed on to the system. You will also need to determine which type of pallet racking is required in either box beams or open beams.

Box beams are completely enclosed and used for heavy loads, ideally for storing pallets on timber decks. Open beams are utilised for lighter materials goods and have wire mesh decks or chipboard.

If you are currently confused or stuck with your pallet racking and industrial storage racks requirements, you can talk to professionals who can overlook your entire storage plans and requirements.

Contact the team at Monarch Shelving today for all aspects of warehouse storage equipment, and for pallet racking measurements.

Top Tips for Racking and Shelving in the Warehouse


No one will argue that racking shelves for warehouse storage is a vital component of a successful business operation. However, there can be arguments if it is planned wrong and not working right for your business.

Therefore, we offer some industry tips on making sure your system works for your business.

Difference between Shelving and Racking Needs

Whatever space you have, you need to figure out what is best for you by considering a few factors. The first one is always going to be which is the most suitable for your operation – pallet racking or commercial shelving.

Commercial shelving is typically for lighter items that can be stacked and stored individually or in boxes. pallet racking is a heavy-duty solution primarily for the weight and size of palletised goods.

Shelving is typically accessed by handpicking, where staff can pick goods stored by themselves from floor level or via the use of steps. Commercial shelving does not typically reach ceiling level due to this and remains at reach level for goods. Pallet racking systems are typically loaded via forklift due to heavy nature products being stored. This results in a system built more sturdy from heavy-duty steel and the height can go up to forklift level of anything between two to five metres.

Consideration

When choosing your racking shelves for warehouse storage, you need to factor in some of the following.

The first is the size and weight of the goods you are storing. Typically smaller items and boxed goods that can be loaded by hand are set for shelving. Shelving is sturdy and functional, with shelf size and separation set for smaller goods.

You also need a focus on the maximum height you are wanting to stack to. The answer to this not only affects which system you go for, but what you are going to load upon it. You need to look at both who and what is stacking the shelves or racks. If you are stacking a range of items, smaller and lighter ones would go towards the top and heavier items towards the bottom. This helps towards picking but also towards the durability of the system in question, so as no dips in shelving become a recurring problem.

As well as storage and how items of the product are placed when they arrive, you also have to look into how they leave the warehouse. This will impact how your storage solution is designed when you factor in how they are picked, where they are stored close to distribution and what needs to be moved to safely move them.

To determine the best solution to your warehouse needs you need to talk to a professional to cover many areas of consideration. Contact the team at Monarch Shelving today, the best solution in warehouse storage equipment.

Preventing Accidents With Pallet Racking


The workplace can be the scene for a horrible warehouse accident due to negligence and poor working conditions – sometimes it is also down to improper use of space and storage of stock.

Some steps can be taken to ensure that the utmost safety measures are enforced and security for everyone is in place, and those around your racking system are key to workplace safety.

What follows are some examples of the common problems and how the right pallet racking and warehouse storage equipment can prevent them from happening.

Employee Overreach

When employees reach for heavy objects out of their arm range, the spine is at risk from overstretching, twisting and bending. The back is also fragile towards straightening when balancing those objects.

It is recommended that heavier objects be stored at waist height or within the reach of lifting equipment such as pull trucks or forklifts. By having it at waist height, the employees will not have to stretch or bend many times throughout the day to pick the item. Keep the area tidy and organised also, so when carrying heavier objects without the use of a truck, there are zero risks of trips and falls.

Be sure to install any ladders or steps if the object is elevated above the waistline.

Falling Stock

One of the biggest risks comes in the form of improperly stored stock that can fall and critically injure an employee. Sometimes a stock can be shaped irregularly which leads to storage that is not particularly suitable – leading to damage to employee health and stock as well.

You will need to be sure that your industrial storage racks are built to sustain the stock at all times, and have enough room to handle irregular shaped products. By evaluating stock and how it should be stored, it could mean the difference between vertical storage systems and sheet or plate racking systems. Discuss with your supplier regarding your stock requirements and the system that suits the safety requirements.

Other Falls and Trips

The walkways and ends of racking aisles are at just as much risk of a warehouse accident as the aisles themselves. People slipping and tripping over objects or dropped stock is a real hazard.

All walkways and aisles should be free from packaging, boxes and pallets that can cause serious injury if undetected. These should be removed and put into waste or storage as soon as they are empty, unpacked or damaged. If a pallet is left at the end of an aisle it poses risks to picking trucks and forklift operation, as well as any workers on foot stepping around the aisles.

If you require updating your pallet racking or commercial shelving to a more suitable safety requirement, contact the team at Monarch Shelving today.

Setting That Perfect Warehouse Design


When plotting out the perfect warehouse design for your business, your eye will be on securing the best ROI  by making sure product and distribution can be achieved in the most efficient, rapid and safe way possible.

Therefore, looking into optimising your warehouse and the various factors to ensure that are key areas of consideration. When it comes to pallet racking, 9 out of ten warehouse owners will ask the supplier straight out what information is required to get a quote for a system.

Considering the Equipment

Having the racking system is one thing, but that is part of the solution. You will need to consider a huge thing when discussing your racking system – space for equipment.

Transporting and lifting equipment needs enough space which may not be ideally accounted for in typical warehouse design, which will then alter the proposal if failed to take into account. When planning any pallet racking project, equipment needs to be considered within the design from the very beginning to ensure you have the right amount of floor space that does not hold up operations.

Breakdown Your Products

One of the bigger factors towards your industrial storage racks is exactly what you are going to be storing on them. This needs to be heavily factored into the planning process.

What needs to be figured into the design is the number of units stored, to dimensions of individual units and the weight of all concerned. These are the basic details required to determine the correct warehouse design for storage. From there you can be sure of individual places and sections being in the warehouse for differing products and categories.

Explore Space and Volume

Your warehouse planning comes down to understanding the required number of pallet spaces for stored products. By determining this knowledge with the above factors, you have the essential foundations of the ideal warehouse layout.

Obviously, the running of the warehouse operations in a safe manner is paramount in importance, so adhering to all HSE advice and guidelines needs to be undertaken and taught to all key employees and workers, including knowledge to keep access points clear.

Ensure Personnel Knows Roles

When it comes to staff working around the warehouse, those who work and operate around a pallet racking system will need to undergo training on how to safely operate around the system.

This includes forklift operators and picking crew, adhering to safety measures of knowing what to do and not to do around these systems, including reporting of any incidents around the system should accidents occur.

For more information on pallet racking and warehouse storage equipment, contact the team at Monarch shelving today.

Archive Storage Ideas


Businesses that have been in operation for a long time tend to have a lot of back history that requires adequate amounts of storage dedicated to it. Before the advent of apps that allowed you to store everything on the cloud, a lot of business was done via physical record saving which took up a fair share of room over time. Although the advent of technology has made it easier to scan documents and store them in the cloud, many businesses look for more warehouse storage ideas as they prefer to keep older documents in a paper format in storage should anything happen that corrupts data.

Many employers do not like the idea of having long-standing records including company accounts, employee information and client account information in a place that could potentially be vulnerable to cyber attacks, therefore they take the option to find ideal physical warehouse storage equipment to feel much more secure.

Filing Cabinets

Usually, a business would utilise filing cabinets as an easy solution, and they are great at getting the job done.

They can however be very bulky and, in some cases, pretty ugly to look at when stashed in a back office. However, it is easy to ensure that all documentation is accounted for and stored properly, with an easy to locate design that puts things into categories for easy find.

They may not look like the prettiest product on the market, but no one can fault that they still do a great job in storing paper documents.

Archive Racking

Filing cabinets can sometimes fall short of storing all of your needs, or you just have too much documentation to store within them.

For this option, we would recommend archive storage racking or other warehouse storage equipment for the storage of delicate information. This racking is designed to help store and organise important objects such as files and documents, which perfectly complements those businesses where filing cabinets are too small for the job or online storage is not deemed as suitable.

This racking system provides strong and durable solutions perfect for long term storage, where heavier boxes of papers, photographs, files and records can be stored securely and in an order that makes them easier to locate and pull when required.

When it comes to busy warehouses or storage rooms, many business owners choose to save on a lot of company time by storing the history of their business through stronger office equipment Manchester.

If you are at odds with how to store delicate and precious company history, or just in need of some warehouse storage ideas, call the team at Monarch Shelving today.

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