4 Things to Do When You Are Running Out of Warehouse Space
So your warehouse space is getting a little tight. This could be an extremely good thing, meaning that the volume of stock coming in and flowing out of your company is translating into better sales and a growing business. Considering that you are running out of space for these positive reasons, it’s time to look for other solutions. Here are four things to consider when your warehouse is getting too small for your needs.
- Shake Up Your Inventory
In the first instance while you are thinking of long-term solutions, it can help to look closely at your inventory and see how long some of your products have been taking up shelf space. Set a turnover limit for each product and if one or more products are not shifting, decide to reinvent the product or scrap it entirely. This will free up some space and will also probably boost your profits, too.
- Look at Your Rack Design
Another quick thing you can do is to look closely at how well-designed (or not) your warehouse space is. Take a look at how you are utilising your space and find out if there are changes you can make within health and safety considerations that will help to free-up some space. You can also look at how you are stacking and packing your products to ensure you are maximising your use of vertical space and oddly-shaped storage areas.
- Outsource Your Warehousing
If you try the initial two ideas and you haven’t found enough space to make your warehousing work, it is probably true that your warehouse is too small. Outsourcing your warehouse facility, or a portion of it, is an effective way to grow and develop your business without having to find the money to buy or rent your own extra space. Packaging company experts will also help you maximise efficiency on the entire fulfilment process so you may find you are saving money in other areas of logistics, too.
- Buy or Rent a Larger Space
Another option, if you have the spare cash, is to pay for a larger warehouse either as a rented property or bought. If you are concerned about the cost of this option you can try to find warehouse space in a cheaper location, or you could look at how to release capital from your existing warehouse in order to finance a new space.
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