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entry Mar 17 2015, 02:37 PM
Planning your Racking & Storage

Matching business needs with the appropriate pallet racking system
is critical and entails asking the right questions as well as providing
flexibility in solutions that can accommodate variables such as
capital resources, anticipated growth and variable product lines.
Choosing the right storage system involves a solution process, and
that begins with considering the flow of merchandise. That will
dictate your density requirements – how “tightly” the merchandise
should be stored. From that key decision follows a series of
specifications: the material and type of racking, pick systems,
ancillary material handling etc.

Warehousing with high density storage design and solutions usually have large
or complete turnover of inventories during specific intervals or
seasons. Merchandise could be stored in large bays with a few
access aisles to maximise floor space.

Conversely, lower density warehousing is appropriate for parts or
retail distribution centres where customer orders are picked
continuously to fulfil Just In Time (JIT) requirements.

Storage Analysis & Planning
The data collection stage of the design process defines data
requirements and results in the development of two “Planning
Bases”.

1. Today’s picture of flows and quantity movements.
2. Tomorrow’s requirements, which may show the transitional steps
at specific time-points where significant events are expected to
take place e.g. new product launches or new contracts
expected / lost.

In almost all circumstances it is important to gain an understanding
of the following;

l How are the goods received and in what volume? How are they
expected to be received and to be stored and put away – and at
what rates and volumes? Where you can find used pallet racking for sale?

l Which product lines are expected to be held as stock – together
with the physical characteristics for each stock keeping unit
(SKU) passing through the warehouse?

l What volume of goods needs storing in each of the family or sub
groups?

l What are the typical order profiles (analysed by division and
family groups or sub groups)? Must orders be checked and/or
repacked? What is the work content and physical volume to be
handled in each task area?

 
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