The 5 P’s of Warehouse Space Planning
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance,” or some version of it. You may have even heard it so many times that you’d just as soon never hear it again. But even though the “5 Ps” might be cliche, it consistently pops up because it’s so often true – whether it be in terms of exams, public speaking, and, yes, even warehouse space planning.
One of the unfortunate and recurring trends we notice in the commercial real estate world is neglecting space planning and a failure to recognize the importance of laying out warehouse operations in the early stages of the buying or relocation process. Instead of assessing the business’s current and future storage needs at the outset of the project, many companies and real estate firms find industrial space first, then try to tailor the business’s processes to fit the building’s dimensions and layout restrictions. While this may not mean the end of the world for these organizations, failure to do proper space planning can result in a long list of avoidable storage issues.
So how can we avoid less-than-optimal layouts and apply the 5 Ps to warehouse space planning? Here are some do’s and don’ts that are useful rules of thumb to keep in mind when planning warehouse space to get started in the right direction.