Determine your Goals for the New Warehouse
Once the groundwork is laid and this basic, yet vital information is known, you can move on to discussing your storage needs for the new warehouse, warehouse addition, or the current warehouse’s reorganization. Whoever is leading or collaborating on the project will want to know what your plan will be and will want to quantify this need. For example, it’s important to know if you plan on taking on a new product line or are planning for future growth.
Observe Daily Warehouse Operations
The last element of the information gathering stage is to observe daily operations and assess the current workflow. An example of this would be looking at which types of material handling equipment are being used or addressing what types plan to be used. Aisle width is another factor to be considered. This is important for the type of lift truck that will be used. Some require larger aisles than others and need to be accommodated for, and vice versa. The topic of lift trucks would be something to look into because there are so many different types that come in different shapes and sizes. There are dealers that can help find what’s right for you and most efficient for the warehouse you’re looking to have. The reason this is important is because the type of lift truck could give you a lot more space when designing the warehouse.