When you’ve exceeded space within your warehouse and business is growing, finding extra room can be tricky. You can either look for additional warehouse for rent or make the best out of the situation.
The size of your warehouse can have an effect on the growth of your business. It is crucial that your facility can support a smooth workflow so you can also deliver better customer experience. There are ways in which you can completely utilize all the open space in a small warehouse. Here are a few tricks of the trade you can incorporate into warehouse management to optimize space.
Re-evaluate your layout
If you stick to the initial layout plan, you might fall prey to running out of space. It’s important that you completely re-evaluate your current layout. Look at all aspects, including receiving and outsourcing of goods, rack configuration, inventory organizing, slotting, and replenishment. Analyze the current flow of your space to re-evaluate which parts of the warehouse are not fully utilized.
Floor space planning
Usage of the current floor plan of your warehouse is unique to your business. If you find that your floor space is exceeding its capacity, your vertical space can be utilised to adopt a highly stacked rack system. Shifting racks a few centimetres to one side of the warehouse can open up a spacious section for a new vertical rack system. As long as employees, ladders, and forklifts can move freely in between racks, you can shift them to maximize the space for storage and picking.
Our property at Depot Lane offers bigger warehouses for rent that have an easy ground floor loading setup right in front of the unit. Located in Bukit Merah district, this offers a centralised location with convenient accessibility to central Singapore and other parts of the country. Sizes of the units span from 2,000 to 5,069 sqft and furnished with lights – suitable to support various business activities including B1 Light Industrial and warehousing. There is also warehouse office rental to support your admin functions. There are plenty of amenities in the area such as nearby bus stops and train stations at Redhill MRT and Telok Belangah MRT, as well as access to Depot Heights Shopping Centre. Facilities in the premises include 40-footer access, column-free layout, season parking for small and heavy vehicles and 24-hour access.
Review your warehouse organisation
A vital part of warehouse management is organizing your items. You can transform your processes to be much efficient and avoid taking up more space than needed. Add pick slots onto bigger racks in order to store smaller items, allowing you to optimise the full capacity of the rack.
The work areas in the warehouse should also be well-defined and organised. For instance, production receiving and packing areas should be kept separate, and the floor should clearly indicate paths for forklifts and pallet jacks. This helps to promote a safer work environment as well. Having an ancillary office within the space is also useful to have an overview of the entire warehouse and the processes involved.
Re-evaluate the placement of your stock and merchandise. Boxes and items that aren’t taking up much space or are smaller in size can be stacked on smaller racks. Move the bigger items in areas that have higher ceiling space and larger racks. You can also place them in the order of demand – fast-moving products can be placed nearer to the packing areas.
If you need a bigger industrial space for rent to move into, our property at 18 New Industrial Road is suitable for warehouse, B1 light industrial and ancillary office activities. Located in the East of Singapore, the 6-storey B1 industrial building is accessible near the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway and has a short walking distance to Bartley & Tai Seng MRT stations. Units range from 452 to 906 sqft – furnished with lights, aircon and windows. Our subsidiary, is also located within the premises to offer small business spaces for rent with a conducive work environment. Facilities include high floor loading, 2 loading bays, 20-footer access, 24-hour access & CCTV, nearby F&B and complimentary parking.