Important tips for designing warehouse layout

Published: 11th February 2011
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In every business warehouses play a vital part, especially in wholesale business. If you are running out of space, costs are too high, productivity is poor, processes are not working and you have a disorganized warehouse you will be unable to use it effectively because mainly you are not fully exploiting its full space. Besides its layout is in such a manner that it is creating hurdles in your business. Warehouses are the facilities that are used to provide a proper environment and shelter for the purpose of storing goods and products in bulk. Warehouses are designed to accommodate the loads of the materials, the receiving and shipping operations and associated trucking. Before designing the layout of a warehouse first of all you have to follow some guidelines. You have to define objectives, collect information, have to do analysis, create plan, implement the plan and then post implementation.


When deciding the layout for warehouse you should first have clear cut objectives in your mind. You should be well aware of current drawbacks and what improvements do you need in new warehouse. Then you should collect authentic information about the proposed layout design of warehouse and then do analysis on that. After doing this, a plan should be adopted about the implementation of the project. The next step is implementation itself. After implementation, post implementation checks should be run to assure the flawlessness of the project. These were the points which are extremely important to ensure correctness of the design of warehouse layout.


Now we will discuss about the most suggested designs, capacity, location, energy and man power efficiency plans. The design of warehouse space should be planned to best accommodate wholesale business service requirements and the products to be handled. The warehouse economics dictate that a good warehouse is that in which products and materials are processed in minimal turnaround time. When your warehouse capacity is at bursting point, and costs are escalating while service levels are not being met, then it is quite natural that you need a bigger and maybe "smarter" warehouse which would go a long way. While designing a warehouse for wholesale business, current and future needs should be kept in mind because warehouse designing cannot be done again and again. It is designed while keeping in view all the future prospects of the business. The location of the proposed warehouse facility is likely to be a key driver of implementation and on-going transport costs. So, location should be chosen very wisely in the view of transportation and shipping costs.


Warehouse designing should also be durable and functional. It should be planned to accommodate huge loads of stored materials by the suppliers as well as associated handling equipment. Warehouse should also be energy efficient and should be designed with solar concepts and building load requirements. The warehouse should possess light colored roof to reflect a huge quantity of solar radiation which reduces HVAC loads. Energy consumption and greater heat reflection will increase worker’s productivity in the summer. If all these tips are followed, there is a huge probability that a very good warehouse layout will be designed.





William King is the director of Wholesalers, Wholesale Shoes and Wholesale Suppliers . He has 18 years of experience in the marketing and trading industries and has been helping retailers and startups with their product sourcing, promotion, marketing and supply chain requirements.

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