You know one of the most common issues in logistics is people running out of warehouse space and very often what they do is they start planning to move to a much bigger warehouse, or they start renting additional warehouse space. That isn’t always the best thing to do

So why is it that people are always running out of warehouse space?

The useful life of most warehouses is probably seven years. The reason is that warehousing needs to change fairly quickly.  

How to deal with low storage space on the warehouse

Obsolete Products

If you are running out of storage space, check for that obsolete product that’s clogging up the warehouse. Most warehouses have got that. The difficulty is getting the CFO or someone else to write off that product or to approve.

 Narrow down the aisles

Narrow the aisles and get some different forklifts that operate in narrow aisles and can fit in all runs of racking and can go a little bit higher as well. That will increase your storage capacity by 30%. You can check out storage system   to see the different types of racking systems that will allow you to get more storage capacity. 

Evaluate your storage media

Different types of storage media and  will allow you to get more into that warehouse. 

Mobile shelving 

A lot of people know about this sort of technology because I believe Amazon is using it. So instead of having racking systems, this is complete shelf systems which are being lifted on top of the little robot, and the whole shelf system brought to the picker. The picker can do the picking, and then the entire shelf system gets taken away. So this is a fascinating element for warehouse design in the future. Because there is no pallet racking, its just the shelf systems, the height of the ceiling does not need high buildings. With this sort of technology, multi-level buildings are possible instead of having one tall warehouse. If currently, the warehouse is tall, one can build a mezzanine floor in place, and use it as an office. 

Drop Shipping As An Option

Dropshipping allows one to sell products without having to stock them. The dropshipping store markets and sells the products to the customer. When the customer makes an order for a specific item, the dropshipping store asks the manufacturer of the products to ship the products straight to the customer. In doing this, the dropshipping store cuts down on the inventory and storage costs.

In conclusion, if you are running low on storage space, you don’t have to start thinking of putting up another warehouse onsite. One can even choose to use an offsite location to store your overstock. Offsite locations will be cheaper, and hence this will save you the cost of sourcing for more storage onsite.