It is critically important to know what type of product the customer is storing, how they are storing it, and the quantity of products being stored. These may seem to be the most basic of questions, but they are crucial questions when trying to maximize your warehouse space. Deep diving into the documentation, the details are key. For example, pallet A is 1/3 taller than pallet B. With a new slotting configuration where Pallet B can be stored 4 high vs Pallet A’s 3 high. This will allow to you look at the various height configurations required for slotting the products in the correct locations to best utilize the space.
There are other key areas to consider such as quantities of specific SKUs. Can certain products be stored in higher density racking due to large quantities of the same SKU? Is it on standard pallets 40 x 48? Is the product a liquid, flammable? Does it require special handling? All these questions need to be answered before looking at options for a Design Layout.
What Racking Are You Using?
The correct rack style type can be important in trying to maximize your warehouse space. As mentioned previously, larger lot size quantities of the same SKU might require a high-density rack system. Once your FIFO requirements, budget, etc are determined, a system can be chosen since several systems have similar density. Pushback, drive-in, and pallet flow all have similar high-density storage. They all have significantly different utilization rates. In other words. drive-in may only effectively store 60% of the total number of pallet positions due to honeycombing.