How does a warehouse manager make the best possible use of the space he or she has to work with? If the answer to this question was easy, there would be a lot of people out of a job tomorrow morning. Like any technical question, there’s a hefty number of factors to consider. “What are the dimensions of the building?” “What kind of products are being stored?” “At what rate do these products rotate?” These questions, while important, also lead us to a broader, more overarching question that is at the root of all others: how can I get the most value?
In the end, maximizing value is what it’s all about. Virtually every step taken by a given business is done so to either directly or somehow indirectly maximize value for the company. Trying to maximize the value of a warehouse is no different. Invariably, the warehouse manager or whoever is in charge of warehouse operations will try to determine the steps that will, in the long run, support the welfare of the company.