Keeping your Cold Warehouse Storage Costs Down

It is quite common for store operators to be unaware of the significant impact that lighting has on energy consumption. Due to the premium costs of providing chilled or frozen warehouse storage, it is extremely important that cold store operators not only optimise the use of available pallet space, but to make certain that the building is operating to the highest form of energy efficiency possible.

How Lighting Can Affect your Warehouse Storage

It is a commonly known fact that the installation of effective insulation and the adoption of loading and unloading efficiency practices for the security of cold air in the building is key to keeping cold warehouse storage costs down to a minimum. However, it is rather surprising that many cold warehouse storage operators fail to consider that lighting also pays a significant role in energy consumption in the warehouse.

Inefficient traditional lighting affects the costs of cold warehouse storage in many ways, but for the most part they require more energy to provide the necessary brightness, and in turn generate heat. This is quite clearly counter-productive within a chilled room environment. On top of this, they are often rather costly to keep well maintained.

Choosing the Right Light

Opting for LED light sources, on the other hand, is a better solution for cold warehouse storage as it consumes less energy and produces less heat than traditional lighting. They also have no need for lamp replacements, and they emit light immediately, quite importantly so.

Many of the more aged cold warehouse storage facilities tend to be lit by sodium or metal-halide luminaire technology. In comparison to modern LED lighting systems, there are many disadvantages. One of which is the fact that in order to give off the necessary light throughout the space, the lights have to remain on for long periods of time, generating unnecessary heat.

Modern LED lighting, however, thrives in colder temperatures, and increase in efficiency as the temperature drops. As sodium fittings consume three times the amount that LED would, it is obvious to see the financial savings you would acquire in the long run if you made the switch.

Small Benefits go a Long Way

Though lighting requirements in cold warehouse storage tends to be low, adding better lighting can provide a list of benefits to operation. Simple day to day tasks such as reading labels and storage documents will become easier by creating a brighter atmosphere.

However, when factoring in low consumption of energy and production of heat being reduced, it is easy to see why it would be beneficial for any cold warehouse storage related business to implement them into operation.

Optimise the Space

It is also important that cold warehouse storage is to be used as efficiently as possible in the space available. The less space needed to pay for storage, the more savings will be made for the business as cold storage can be rather costly to run. Getting the correct storage system is important, but this is easily achievable when you shop with a storage solutions company who can assist you in making the most efficient decisions possible for your warehouse storage.

So get in touch with Monarch Shelving Ltd today. Our range of brand new and second hand pallet racking and storage solutions are suitable for any warehouse, and by talking to one of our experts you will receive all the information you need to put together a warehouse storage solution that works in line with your business.

Keeping your Warehouse Storage Cool during Warmer Days

Though the weather has been rather frosty in the past week, the cold season won’t be around much longer. Soon people will be getting ready to grab the sun lotion, head to the beach and make the most out of the warmer half of the year. Some warehouse workers, on the other hand, will keep the kettle boiled wrap themselves up and try to forget how cold warehouse storage can be.

It comes as no surprise that due to high demand, warehouses are having to expand cold and freezer facilities and building up the need for more workers to keep up the workflow. Many companies are faced with issues of hiring more staff, increasing the costs of labour, when really all that is needed is an AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval system). An ASRS is ideal for reducing the costs of labour, increasing inventory, increasing the accuracy of shipments and overall increases the efficiency of warehouse storage.

Warehouse Storage and Labour

The benefits of an AS/RS are visible to management from the moment it plays its role in warehouse storage. As a piece of machinery, it doesn’t need any coverings in order to keep warm and can function in temperatures as low as minus thirty fahrenheit! It is a consistently working piece of equipment, designed to lower labour costs, waste, and maintenance of the AS/RS as it doesn’t rely on break times to warm up.

Having a warehouse execution system, also known as WES, makes checking the status of the system possible via a simple platform. AS/RS wasn’t designed to cut labour as such, but for these particular environments you staff will benefit as they are able to spend less time in a sub-zero environment.

Inventory for Warehouse Storage

Accuracy is key for maintaining control over warehouse storage. A company that fails to actively supervise inventory status, is a company that’s falling behind most warehouse storage competitors. A big benefit of having an AS/RS is that the accuracy in shipping can improve up to 99.9% and drastically reduce the risk of errors.

As an AS/RS relies on less warehouse storage space in order operate, your warehouse benefits from having extra room for inventory. The less space the machine takes up, the more space you have for warehouse storage and for smaller freezers. This also means that you will be saving energy as you won’t need to keep the temperature constant.

Efficiency of Warehouse Storage

When it comes to dealing with cold and/or frozen warehouse, energy usage is constantly under inspection. With doors continuously being opened by workers, costs of operation incline in order to keep the temperatures consistent. An AS/RS that takes up less room and gives more space for cold warehouse storage reduces the requirements for energy usage to keep the space cool.

Looking to maximise your hot or cold warehouse storage space with brand new or second hand solutions? Get in touch with Monarch today to see what we can do for you, or take a look at our products to see what warehouse storage solutions may work best for your business.

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3 Common Warehouse Issues and how to Avoid Them

With warehouse services needing to stay on top of today’s fast paced business of supply and demand, it is fundamental for companies to make sure that their warehouses are running smoothly and efficiently. In order to stay on top of the competition, it is imperative that there is a method to follow to keep the warehouse to a fast and high standard. Today we shall discuss common obstacles within most warehouse industries, and how you can overcome them.

Problem: Insufficient Warehouse Space

Having enough space for your inventory is essential if you want your business to run smoothly. If your warehouse is disorganised, it can come with many unnecessary labour costs you may not think about. An incorrect use of storage systems and racking arrangements can lead to a full warehouse with no room for any new inventory.


Make sure that all popular items are stored towards the front of the warehouse. That way, you can get to it at ease, as opposed to searching through the back continuously. It is also a good idea to invest in narrow aisle equipment more than counterbalance machinery as by doing so you could save up to forty percent in space due to the size difference.

It would be a good idea to have a professional forklift company to come into your warehouse and evaluate the space. By doing so, you will be able to use the evaluation to decide what equipment is best for the pace available.

We have previously discussed the benefits of buying second hand racking systems. One of those reasons is that second hand allows you to mix and match a variety of systems to fit as much as you can in the space that you have.

Problem: Slow Picking Processes and Stock Discrepancies

Every minute you spend on each item of inventory can pile up during the space of a day. Not only may it feel like a waste, but it will also have an impact on operating costs. By not having an organised inventory location, you are causing your pickers to take longer when searching for necessary items. This can then lead to a backup of labour.


Using barcode technology is a handy approach to eliminating multiple processes and human handling. Accurately tracking inventory can minimise any potential discrepancies and increase efficiency when picking orders. By using handheld scanners, you can ensure that your inventory is correctly identified with minimal data entry errors.

Another solution is to follow a method of sequenced order picking. This method gives employees a picking list, which sequences to visits to each picking location within the warehouse. Doing so results in the process time being brought down to a minimum. The more planning ahead in the picking process, the less wear and tear the equipment will receive. You will also reduce costs in labour and time.

Problem: Warehouse Slotting Problems

Forklift operators spend a fair bit of time making multiple trips around the warehouse, searching for any available slots in storage racking for new inventory. This results in the inventory ending up in whatever space found, and lacks consideration as to whether it has been placed with the appropriate pallet family. The large inventory is left disorganised, with very little space to reorganise later on.


It is important to pre-plan how you wish to arrange your inventory in order to prevent potential disorganisation. To do so you will need to identify the efficient locations for each individual  collection of inventory.

It is also important that you factor in specific product storage characteristics such as the pallet family it belongs to and any needed supplies. You may need to reconsider your storage and racking systems for your warehouse needs and layouts (think back to when we mentioned buying second hand racking systems).

If you are looking for the most efficient ways to keep your warehouse to a highly organised standard, why not take a look at our range of racking solutions? Monarch are here with a fine selection of brand new and second hand pallet racking systems to make utilise the your warehouse space. If you’re still unsure, why not give us a call to see how we can help you pick out the perfect racking products?

Buy Used: The Benefits of shopping for second hand Racking

If you are a warehouse owner or manager, you will be very aware of the importance of getting the right racking for the best available price, but many are quick to find the cheapest available online without the correct knowledge. This can often lead to accidents or issues they were not made aware of, costing even more for repairs or extra support.To get the best value for money, a great option is shopping for second hand racking.

Here at Monarch, we are experts in giving you the right advice for buying all necessary second hand racking for your warehouse. If you think you may still be unsure, why not read these benefits of buying your racking system second hand.

Creative space

For making the most out of the warehouse space, buying second hand means you have the freedom to create a system and layout that works with your product stocking in mind. You can mix and match to find the racking that fits into all the hidden spaces you may have spare, providing more racking for more storage.

A common mistake when buying without advice is that you may end up with more racking than warehouse. Having to find a bigger warehouse to store the racking is costly, so in the long run, you would be spending more than you would if you were to have an expert to help you find what you’re looking for.

Put the spare pennies to good use

With the money you would save buying second hand, you then have a bigger budget for equipment you may need to buy brand new. Having that extra bit of cash in your pocket is also ideal for any unexpected payments that may pop up from elsewhere.

More Choice

When buying your racking second hand, you will realise the variety of options that are available. You may find that certain racking is better for specific items in need of storage, so having a handful to choose from is beneficial when considering the type of products you aim to be working with.

Safety bonus

Once you have spoken with an expert who can provide you with the right advice about your second hand racking, you will have first hand knowledge about how your system works from a health and safety point of view. Different racks may have to be handled in different ways, so you will be giving your staff more than a basic how-to on one kind of system.

By shopping with Monarch, you are guaranteed a selection of second hand racking options that are safe, in good condition and at a price you can afford. Why not check out what we have available, or give us a call to discuss how we can help you put together the perfect racking system for your warehouse.

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