Designing the perfect warehouse is an area where even angels can fear to tread. The devil is in managing myriad details, complicated by the fact that a design made in heaven is never the same for any two facilities-even within the same organization.
While the process is exhaustively detail-laden, fortunately it can be broken down into two phases—location and design—and managed by a partner dedicated to address pertinent issues. And that partner is Solutions Worldwide.
In order to optimize the efficiency and space utilization of your warehouse, it is necessary to have the proper warehouse design and layout. Solutions Worldwide will start the warehouse layout and design process by first preparing a visual of the current warehouse layout. Then we spend time understanding the warehouse operational requirements and warehouse work procedures unique to your company. This we achieve by interviewing the key personnel from your warehouse operations team.
Next, Solutions Worldwide completes a detailed analysis of all key warehouse metrics from your business systems. This includes such things as an invoice file to determine item activity and picking patterns; inventory files to understand what the warehouse has to store and an item master file to profile product sizing and storage configurations.
Using this methodology and our extensive experience in warehouse operations, we will be able to establish the optimum layout for your warehouse. This would include the correct slotting for your products; the best storage systems for warehouse space utilization; a warehouse layout that supports efficient material flow in & out of the warehouse; improved warehouse operating procedures and the incorporation of any secondary functions into the overall warehouse design.
In addition, Solution Worldwide offers a wide range of solutions to use track and trace in the warehouse. Completely wireless and real-time, this technology will enhance productivity and improve the accuracy and timeliness of inventory data and customer order tracking.
Going even a step further, we can also combine our other services, such as Lean, inventory optimization, improved process flows, safety, etc in the new warehouse design to create a smooth material flow and improved lead times. Some examples of tools that can be implemented are Kanban, Just in Time, min/max inventory, inbound scheduling, 5S and safety signages, security cage locations for high value products, and ABC categorization of products.
Our aim is your success.