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Wholesale changes

Posted on 25th March, 2020 Wholesale changes

Getting the most out of warehouse space is often the number one priority for logistics providers. The space available to warehousing and storage companies is their greatest asset – the more products that can be stored, the more stock that can be retained and a greater variety of products can be offered to clients. Tastes and popularity define stock levels, but sometimes changes must be implemented to existing layouts to improve productivity. That’s when a warehouse reconfiguration may be in order.  

Whatever your logistical requirements, the configuration of available warehousing space has to adhere to certain criteria. Spacing, aisle layout and accessibility are all factors that need to be taken into consideration – and also which method of order fulfilment is being used. Good space utilisation and storage methods ensures inventory is easily traceable and can be accessed efficiently. A warehouse’s schematic design and layout involves understanding warehouse storage and work area equipment options, and also employing efficient strategies for warehouse floor plan traffic flow.

Planning and Design

These processes need to work in practice, so experience of working within different warehousing environments is key. Some warehouses also include spaces for integral offices, which can further reduce available floorspace. All these factors, including the type of storage shelving and the number of operatives and machinery that will be working within this space, need to be taken into account. In our current warehousing set-up, Boughey uses the SAP technology for order fulfilment, in conjunction with teams of pickers and drivers, to package, consolidate and load goods for distribution.

Our customer portal, BougheyNET, allows a comprehensive range of functions and the monitoring of stock at all stages of its journey, including its storage within the warehouse facility. This allows us to function as a highly-efficient logistics service. The monitoring, analysis and checking of stock levels can be made simply and accurately using this technology. Our customers can also generate full audit trails of stock movements at any time, in a secure and user-friendly way.

Reconfiguration could be key

Having this level of customer accountability and interaction means there is nowhere for us to hide in terms of scrutiny. Warehouse monitoring continues to advance and develop all the time, and the layout of warehouses themselves must keep pace. Warehouse storage reconfiguration can make all the difference to productivity and efficiency. Reconfiguration involves looking at your existing layouts and making changes – small or large – to the current storage system. Certain areas must be clearly defined when designing or reconfiguring a warehouse layout. There must be loading and unloading areas, a reception area, storage area, picking area and a dispatch area.

Warehouse layout changes can be needed for a variety of reasons, from being able to accommodate a new product type, to fluctuations in the quantities of products required. Trends in e-commerce may be the next direction logistics companies need to adapt to. When we look at how our ambient storage warehouses are laid out, we use the knowledge we have accrued over the 50+ years we’ve been operating. This ensures our warehousing, storage and logistics operations in Wardle and Crewe are working at their optimum capacity. These two sites have a combined capacity of 137,000 pallet spaces and getting the most out of the available warehouse area, 24/7, is key to Boughey’s ongoing success.

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