Choosing the right warehouse racking can seem overwhelming. There are a lot factors to consider that can either lead to increased productivity or to unexpected complications. Worst-case scenario, you’ll have to face costly re-fitting and wasted time and resources. This checklist however will surely help you plan your new racking in the easiest way possible!
Go through your finances to see what storage system you can afford. Bear in mind that costs include not only racking itself, but also design and installation. Don’t try to save as much as possible by sacrificing stability and robustness of construction. In the long term, going for the cheapest option will very likely generate more costs than slightly more expensive, but much more durable racking.
2. Current Storage Requirements
Choice of warehouse racking is directed by the type and volume of goods that you wish to store. Different racking systems are targeted at different types of goods. No need to further explain this, you have to know your products.
3. Future Storage Requirements
Depending on season your storage requirements may vary. Make sure you select a system that is versatile enough to accommodate your needs all year round. Also, think about where your business is going and how it may change in the future, so you can adjust your current warehouse racking and not necessarily replace it altogether.
4. Access to Warehouse Racking
Are narrow aisles enough or should you plan bigger spaces between racking bays? Consider how many forklifts and pallet trucks need access at once and the frequency of such operations.
5. Floor Space Utilisation
Maximise the use of available floor space. This can be achieved by installing different types of racking instead of a single type. Use of narrow aisle racking can be possible in certain areas of a warehouse in addition to standard racking in most areas.
6. Going Upwards
Consider how high up you can go with your racking. One of the factors would involve available material handling equipment that needs access to goods, such as forklifts. In cases where your business is expanding, you can re-consider the use of available space without the need to move to another location with bigger floor space.
7. Consult an Engineer
Request a site visit led by an experienced engineer who’ll help you with assessment of various parameters and provide you with design and visualisation of a proposed racking system. This is a must!
Check what kind of maintenance policy your selected supplier offers. Are beams and other spare parts readily available? How long would you wait for a repair?