Warehouse Storage Solutions for 3PLs

Why Storage Matters In 3PL Warehouse Management

Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) have warehouses in strategic locations all across the country, even the world. Businesses are able to expand their markets with minimal costs by working with a 3PL. Companies are able to focus on their core competencies when a 3PL takes over their warehousing operations.

3PLs handle inventory management, fulfillment, and shipping/delivery for multiple clients out of the same warehouse. They must know and utilize best practices in the industry in order to provide the best services for their clients. Warehouses must be optimized for maximum space utilization so the warehouse can handle a fluctuating number of SKUs as clients add/subtract items within their inventory.

What 3PLs store in their warehouse also fluctuates on a contract-by-contract basis. One year they could have a 12-month contract for wireless earbuds, the next that same space could be used to store couches. Or, they could be concurrent contracts, requiring different areas of the warehouse to hold the agreed-upon amounts of both earbuds and couches.

Because a single 3PL can serve a variety of industries ranging from temperamental pharma/nutraceuticals to dry or bottled goods, it’s essential a 3PL warehouse is organized to accommodate a variety of product sizes and types, but also that space can be adjusted as contracts end and new ones begin.

Additionally, 3PLs earn their revenue through temporary contracts, making return-on-investment one of their biggest challenges when purchasing new equipment for the warehouse. As such, when a 3PL invests in upgrades to their warehouse, they need to get their investments back quickly to justify the cost.

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Overcome 3PL Warehouse Storage Space Challenges

When additional warehouse space is needed, it is not always financially feasible to build a new location or find warehouse space to lease for the right price. The cost of land, rent, building, machinery, labor, and inventory can be daunting. One of the best options is to examine the existing warehouse to see how that space can be better utilized.

With recent developments in the industry, there are exciting growth opportunities for 3PLs. However, warehouse capacity challenges and the availability of warehouse properties may damper their ability to take advantage of those opportunities. Because of this, 3PL managers constantly face the challenge of efficiently utilizing their existing warehouse space.

According to 3PL’s 2020 Industry Benchmark report, 27% of 3PLs say finding and acquiring additional warehouse space ranks as one of their top business challenges. One way that 3PL warehouse managers can overcome this is by maximizing the use of their existing warehouse footprint with dynamic warehouse storage solutions.

UNEX 3PL Warehouse Storage Solutions

Dynamic warehouse storage solutions by UNEX are easy-to-install and reconfigurable according to the current needs of the 3PL warehouse. They address common pain points of 3PLs such as ROI by being a cost-effective solution that can be immediately implemented and it’s quick to see the results.

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SpeedCell for High-Density Storage

High-density storage solutions like UNEX SpeedCell are ideal for storing a variety of SKUs. This is because SpeedCell maximizes warehouse space by consolidating storage capacity and dramatically increasing pick facings with a cell-based, storage design.

With a high-density storage solution like SpeedCell, you can add thousands of SKU locations in the same warehouse space to accommodate changes in demand and ever-changing contracts.

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SpanTrack Wheel Beds for Medium to Fast-Moving SKUs

Flexible carton flow beds like UNEX SpanTrack are made-to-order wheel beds that drop into existing structures to create flexible storage for medium movers. SpanTrack wheel beds also accommodate frequent re-slotting which is a common challenge for 3PLs.

On SpanTrack Wheel Beds, multiple-sized products can be positioned within the same shelf level, simplifying re-slotting for workers.

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SpanTrack Wheel Beds for Medium-Moving SKUs

Flexible carton flow beds like UNEX SpanTrack are made-to-order wheel beds that drop into existing structures to create flexible storage for medium movers. SpanTrack wheel beds also accommodate frequent re-slotting which is a common challenge for 3PLs.

On SpanTrack Wheel Beds, multiple-sized products can be positioned within the same shelf level, simplifying re-slotting for workers.

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Pallet Track for Your Fastest-Moving SKUs

UNEX Pallet Track durable pallet track rollers or wheel rails create a dynamic pallet flow system for fast movers. Pallet Track from UNEX is the ideal solution for picking pallets because it eliminates double handling and reduces restocking requirements by 50%.

This dynamic solution increases warehouse efficiency and storage density, and it can be customized to fit the unique needs of a 3PL. Warehouse managers can select from a variety of track lengths and mounting options to fit the unique needs of the operation.

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How to Optimize Warehouse Space to Increase Pick Speed and Throughput

Download the Guide to Understanding Throughput for Fulfillment to identify space-saving strategies that reduce picker search time, labor costs, and travel time.

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