Part 3: Execution and Moving a Warehouse
Once the deal has been signed for the new warehouse, the fun can begin. Moving to an existing warehouse can be a challenge. The client needs to minimize interruptions to their operation while getting their new space set up. Their first choice for doing this is making the investment into a whole new rack system that is installed prior to the move. This makes for a much easier move, but more of an investment for equipment. The existing rack system can then be traded in. The second option is to move the existing rack system. This only works if the clear heights are similar. In addition, you must empty all of the parts of the rack system in order to tear it down and move it. This requires a lot of planning to keep track of the inventory. The last option is to a phased moved involving some combination of new rack and existing rack. It is much easier to plan a move with some portion of the new warehouse having rack so that there is somewhere to start putting inventory. Any“ leftover” rack can be traded in.
In case you missed it, read Parts 1 and 2 of our Warehouse Planning series.
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