Warehouse Space Optimization
Optimize Distribution and Order Fulfillment Storage to Increase Storage Density and Efficiency
Increased demand on warehousing facilities and distributors makes it challenging to find space to keep up. More space is needed for SKU proliferation and increased inventory storage needs. In addition, more distribution staff is required for order picking, order fulfillment, and other distribution services. More staff means more room for them to work.
So, how can distributors gain the additional space and storage they need while maintaining ROI? When acquiring (buying or renting) additional warehouse space is not feasible, the ideal solution is to optimize the existing warehouse, distribution or order fulfillment storage space to increase storage density and efficiency.
Optimizing Warehousing Space within the Same Footprint with Inventive Distribution and Order Fulfillment Storage Solutions
Warehouses, distribution and order fulfillment centers are generally purpose-built and originally located based on “the best available option” at the time given geography, climate, and/or existing assets considerations. What was best for businesses ten years ago isn’t necessarily what is best today. Some of the storage solutions implemented for distribution facilities years ago have not been adequately updated to keep up with the growing demand for increase inventory / SKU proliferation and distribution efficiency.
If a distributor is storing items on pallets or shelving on the floor, there is likely significant wasted distribution storage space above their heads. In addition, distribution facilities tend to store bulk items, as it is necessary to order in bulk to meet minimum order requirements and achieve economies of scale. Bulk materials storage takes up valuable real estate, even when the material requirements are minimal. There is an opportunity to optimize bulk material storage for when it is not needed. So, how can distributors adapt to the changing requirements for warehousing, distribution and order fulfillment?
Improving Efficiency by Optimizing Distribution and Order Fulfillment Storage Mediums and Carton Flow
SKU proliferation is common in so many industries today. Customers are demanding more options. Again, the issue is where to store the increase in SKUs in a way that is accessible for order picking and fulfillment to ensure productivity?