4 Tips for Using Warehouse Storage Space

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Warehouse storage is expensive. Warehousing and Fulfillment conducted a study in 2017 to assess the average cost of third-party warehouse storage. According to the study, renting space in a third-party warehouse storage unit costs an average of $6.53/square foot. As business owners, it's important to stay as competitive as possible. We must find every opportunity to cut expenses. We must seize every chance to increase efficiency. Optimizing your storage space achieves both, in one fell swoop. Here are four tips for making the most of your storage space.

4 Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Warehouse Storage Space

These tips assume you have some measure of control over your storage space. Your options may be limited if you're renting storage space from a third-party provider. The principles can be tailored to your individual needs, however. #1: Make the Most of Your Pallet Rack Space Making the most of your storage space is a lot like urban development. You'll need the correct configuration for your specific needs to reduce traffic. Like a city, building your pallet rack storage up, lets you make the most of each square foot of storage, which include your vertical space. Check out General Mills' vertical redesign from a few years ago. With global sales of $17.8 billion, they have every incentive to make their storage as efficient as possible. That's not always possible depending on what you're storing. Or even a good idea, in the case of unwieldy objects. Everyone's storage space needs are going to be different. #2: Choose the Ride Width for Your Aisles Much like the traffic analogy made above, choosing the right width for your aisles is like selecting the right width or amount of lanes on a busy city street. Is there going to be a lot of traffic? Or is it more of a sleepy thoroughfare? What type of equipment are you going to be using to access the goods? Do a little bit of warehouse planning to make the most of your storage space. #3: Use A Sectional Warehouse Door Warehouse doors are some of the bulkiest items in any storage facility. Choosing the right configuration can greatly reduce the space they take up. Segmented warehouse doors are the most efficient. Sectional warehouse doors gather near the ceiling. This frees up lots of space that could be used for other things. #4: Pick the Right Storage Containers A product's packaging is not always the best way to store an object. Products often come in unwieldy boxes that take up more space than they need to, or are not strong enough to protect it. Choosing a bulk container or plastic tote that's the right size is one of the best ways to make the most of your pallet rack or metal shelving unit storage. Don't settle for a one-size-fits-all approach! Saving money on your warehouse storage will let you focus on other things. Spend your money on building your business rather than wasting it on rent.

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