Stacks and Stocks: Why the Shelving Setup You Choose Matters

Stacks and StocksMaking space where there is none left is an art — or it should be. This is a skill that proves its usefulness time and time again, such as when you are adapting your operations to accommodate storage systems typically used in warehouses. These shelving options not only keep your items safe from the elements, but, when properly labelled, make locating your items easy.

Here are some of the differences efficient shelving solutions can make in your business processes:

Accessibility

Shelves make stored items more accessible as they make it possible for people to walk between the aisles to get to the items they need. Warehouses are often large places with high roofs and shelves. Reaching these products at the tops of the shelves requires mechanical equipment like forklifts for personnel, so be sure to supply your workers with the appropriate equipment.

Organisation

When inventory becomes too overwhelming, shelves are the way to go storage-wise. Having many products, however, can make organising them difficult, as the system has to emerge from scratch. While there are many ways to stack items to make more room, knowing the right kind of shelving to use can save you a lot of effort and time.

Different kinds of products require varying methods of containment. Some shelves stand on their own with the typical set up while others have specific compartments for further segregation purposes, like shelves with plastic buckets or mesh decks.

Navigability

When planning a warehouse’s storage system, you should always take into account its navigability. Personnel need to know where certain products are in order to retrieve the items immediately. Conscientiously designed shelving solutions allow workers to go through as the hallways and read the labels with ease.

Utilising and maximising space require differing storage solutions. Thinking through the most appropriate shelving options available can make operations much easier in the end.