By implementing innovative distribution and order fulfillment storage solutions, companies can regain more space within the same footprint. Installing pallet racking in the existing footprint can double, triple, or quadruple the distribution storage space, depending on ceiling height. That’s just the beginning.
By utilizing a carton flow racking solution, like SpanTrack, for less than full pallet locations, facilities often increase space efficiency by 80%, primarily due to the optimization of the pick window. When an employee is order picking from a floor position pallet, all locations on the pallet must be manually accessible by the employee. All sides remain accessible even if they’ve already been picked because the physical pallet remains until empty. SpanTrack requires only one static location for each item, and the rest flow to that location automatically. This greatly limits the need for costly open space around pallets and potentially dangerous reaches for far away products.
SpeedCell takes the storage of slow-movers another step forward by placing the items in smaller, movable cells that can increase storage density in a given bay up to 500%. It accomplishes this by not only maximizing density at the pick face like SpanTrack but creates up to 2 additional pick faces in the same bay.
Another great way to free up space at a distribution facility is by incorporating right-sizing storage products and equipment. By analyzing volumetric throughput and only storing what is necessary for the shift, week, or month, space requirements can be reduced, the pick path can be shortened, and the distributor can achieve productivity improvements.
Utilizing SpanTrack in existing pallet racking increases storage efficiency dramatically over pallet positions. It is achievable to fit 32 SKUs in the same space that 4 SKUs previously occupied – a distribution storage increase of 700%. With SpeedCell, that same bay could hold up to 200 SKUs!
These distribution storage solutions may require additional bulk storage beyond what fits in a lane or cell, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. Bulk storage can be relegated to overhead storage or other less valuable areas of a facility. The need to access these pallets will be far less with storage optimization in place.