Pallet Racking – Easy and Fast To Organised Your Warehouse

pallet live storageMoving into a new warehouse is exciting and yet challenging. Real estate is pricey in most neighbourhoods that are convenient for doing business. The price factor, particularly at the ground level makes it essential to optimise the use of available space. Therefore, space utilisation must be optimal regarding cubic feet rather than square feet. In a warehouse, nearly anything can occupy the vertical space that is available and with some knowledge of pallet racking and planning, the task can be easier than what most people think. There are multiple types of pallet live storage available in and there is no dearth of vendors who undertake a turnkey job. The kind of pallet racking will depend on the type of goods to be stored, a height of the warehouse, moving equipment used and specific attributes or constraints, if any.

My previous experience as a warehouse manager came in very handy in getting my storage organised. Undoubtedly my first thoughts gravitated towards pallet racking because that was the most durable and economical way of optimising vertical storage. With much of the options in pallet racking already available to me, I decided to focus on my specific needs.
My business dealt with steel sections of varying dimensions and weight. Compared to many other products steel was heavier regarding load per cubic feet of space occupied. The floor itself was therefore adequately hardened before I moved in. While planning pallet racking and other forms of vertical storage, many people tend to forget this important factor of weight per square feet of space. When the racks remain fully stocked up for several days, the floor would also be taking the maximum designed load or perhaps even more. Though we do expect inventory to keep moving regularly, there are times when everything may not happen according to our design. What if most stocks remain in the warehouse for over a week? It is one question we must find the answer for a while planning pallet racking in any store.

On looking at my options more closely, I also noticed that one type of pallet racking for all my SKUs might not be the most practical solution. Although most of my stores constituted long sections of steel, I also had at least 25% SKUs which were traditional boxes of varying dimensions and weight. That prompted me to think in terms two different types of pallet racking instead of going for a one size fits all. Yes, if I had to maintain my focus on cubic velocity for all the SKUs I had, I must look at two different pallet racking systems instead of one.

I finally chose cantilever racking and wide aisle racking for my warehouse. This decision was aided by the following factors for the respective types of pallet racking chosen.

Cantilever racking

I found this system to be very versatile because it offered flexible installation i.e. fixed installation and flexible installation. This system used upright supports housed at the rear end of the installation providing an impressive storage space with zero obstruction. For my steel pipes and sections, I found this to be an ideal solution. Forklifts could also access all materials with a considerable ease because there were no obstructions in the middle. Similarly, the significantly higher weight per SKU was also comfortably accommodated without any challenges. Apart from these benefits, the system also afforded handpicking when necessary. By far, the system addressed all that I needed for storing and retrieving my steel sections, pipes and allied material.

Wide Aisle Racking

After settling the pallet racking system for the steel tubes and parts, now it was time to turn to the other SKUs which needed lesser space per SKU. The answer was full aisle racking. I could also effortlessly use a standard forklift in conjunction with the full aisle racking, and that potentially adds to the productivity. I was also advised to align the top shelf of the wide aisle racking to the height up to which the forklift can reach. That turned out to be a bright idea, and the installation cost was also affordable. As you might have guessed, there was a little compromise on storage density, but that was not a huge concern for me.

The final blueprint showed that all my storage needs could be met in about 1,200 square feet of floor space. I still had about 600 sq ft which I could use to set up a small office and staff room. There was enough room for three people to sit and work and still have a spare cabin for meetings or other needs that came up in the course of business.

Finding the right vendor

When I started sending out my request for a quote to right vendors, I found that all the ground work I did came in very handy. The Vendors had little regarding making suggestions, offering things that I did not want or straying from my particular needs. Some vendors did show signs of unhappiness because they could not have their way with the deal. Finally, I zeroed on two vendors, and everything was set up to start in about a week.

Inspecting similar warehouses did by the vendor

One last thing I was particular was inspecting some of the installations by the vendors I chose. Both of them were happy to take me around and go through this exercise. I noticed certain shortcomings in one of the installations that I visited. That gave me the opportunity to take necessary corrective action and the vendor readily agreed.

The work started the following week and thankfully, the vendor completed the installation in 5 days though we had agreed on seven days excluding the weekend. As things turned out, those bonus days came in very handy, and my new warehouse was operational the following Monday.

Writer’s Guide: Essential Tips for Business Blogging

Is your blog not getting you the traffic it promised? Are you just writing content for your blog that doesn’t add up to much and is not engaging your visitors? If yes, then you need business blogging skills to get your content management on track! Business Blogging skills would help to get you more and more visitors and thereby more and more conversions.
Blogs are an effective way of creating a brand image for your business, and you will do good if you can do this well. When combined with social media, business blogging talks directly to visitors on your web page on a one to one basis and creates an impact like no other. If you are trying to design a social media campaign for your website or online business, business blogging is something you just can’t ignore. The thing about blogging is that everyone can do it, but only a few can do it well. Also, business blogging is a whole different ball game from casual or personal blogging.

Business Blogging

Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to blogging for your business:

  • Being casual and friendly in the writing style of a business blog is okay, as long as one knows what exactly is being written about in a post and what kind of impact one wants to create in the mind of a reader.
  • Attacking someone or a certain business personally in the blog is just not the right thing to do as it creates a negative impression.
  • Creating a positive impression throughout the blog is always a plus point. No one likes being sad or dark, right?
  • Replying to comments as soon as possible showcases the blog owner’s interest in his readers and what they have to say.
  • Asking readers questions and encouraging them to start a conversation is important when it comes to business blogs.
  • Write scintillating content for your business blog that is going to create unprecedented interest among readers you never thought possible.

Following is a list of tips for Business Blogging:

  • Generating the ideas for creating a unique business blog
  • Writing unique content for the blog targeting the specific niche of readers for your business
  • Making sure that the blog is regularly updated to ensure that readers don’t get disinterested by the lack of content
  • Promote your blog on social media networks
  • Focus on the right keywords for your business
  • Generating monthly reports of your business blogs will help you track the traffic.

Create business blogs that ensure that they get noticed by the specific niche audience they target. Make sure that you get only targeted traffic to your blog which again leads to conversions.