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Warehouse Watch: How To Keep Your Employees And Inventory Safe

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In the business world, there are two different types of businesspersons. In the first category, there are visionaries. These are the people who have six great ideas before breakfast and the determination to make them happen.

The second type is the detail-oriented entrepreneur. They may not be the greatest innovator – but when they have an idea, they are all over making it come true.

Not a lot of credit is given to the second group. While they may not be innovators, they are the ones who make sure great ideas can become a reality. All the ideas in the world won’t keep a business going if the books are a mess and the premises in chaos.

This is particularly important if you’re in the business of selling products. If you sell physical items, then you need to be on top of your inventory at all times. You’ll need a warehouse, most likely. And that warehouse will require careful maintenance.

Know Who Is In The Warehouse At All Times

Any warehouse for a thriving business will, at any given time, contain a lot of items with a total cash value of thousands, even millions of dollars. This raises the possibility of theft. From a cursory glance, it’d be hard to tell if anything was missing. So there needs to be one entrance and exit. There must be nominated key holders and security personnel manning the warehouse during opening hours.

This isn’t just important for reasons of property protection; it also matters from a safety standpoint. In any store, there is the risk of accidents and fire. Knowing who is in there is essential in case of emergencies.

Ensure The Correct Training For All Personnel

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Anyone who will spend time in the warehouse also needs to be correctly trained. Large items may need to be moved around. As well as ensuring that your forklift hire comes from a reliable partner, you need to make sure the people who will be using the forklift are trained. Incorrect use of forklift machinery can lead to serious, even fatal accidents. On a lower scale of importance, it can result in the loss of high-value items.

Keep The Warehouse Clean And Tidy

If you are someone who orders a lot of items from outside suppliers, you’ll know which providers keep clean, orderly premises. You’ll rarely order again from a company that delivers dirty or damaged items. In the same vein, your warehouse needs to be kept clean.

A “no food” rule may need to be enforced. The reason for this is that food waste attracts pests and, in a building of that size, there are plenty of places for them to hide. Damage done to your products can lose you money. It’s essential that you do everything in your power to prevent that.

Keeping on top of the necessary details in your business may seem like the least exciting part of being an entrepreneur. In many ways, the fact that it isn’t exciting is what makes it more valuable. So if you’re not the kind of person who can focus a great deal on behind-the-scenes details, make sure you have a second in command who can.

3 Brilliant Hacks to Save Space in Your Business Warehouse

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When many people start a business, the only premises they think about is their office. However, there are loads of reasons your company may need a warehouse too.

If you’re reading this, then I’m willing to bet you’re one of the many entrepreneurs with a warehouse. And, you’re struggling with space issues.

Although warehouses are big, they can become cluttered really quickly. It’s easy to run out of space, and then you’re left in a pickle.

However, with these brilliant hacks, you can save a lot of space in your warehouse.

 

1. Vehicle Parking Areas

If your business has a warehouse, then you’ll probably have warehouse vehicles too. Primarily, you’ll have a lot of forklifts that you’ll use to transport goods around the warehouse.

Now, these vehicles can take up a lot of space, especially when not in use. If people are leaving forklifts all over the warehouse floor, it will get cluttered very quickly.

I came up with an easy and effective solution for this problem. What you need to do is make room for designated vehicle parking areas in the warehouse. These are sections where people park the forklifts when they aren’t being used.

It keeps them out of the way and makes your warehouse feel more spacious. If you want, you could even have parking areas outside the warehouse to free up even more room. It’s a clever idea, as it helps make your warehouse a lot more organized.

 

2. Smart Storage Solutions

Naturally, there will be a lot of stuff that needs storing in your warehouse. In this section, I want to talk about things that aren’t your products. Think about all the tools and bits and pieces you’ll have lying around.

They can take up more space than you might think. So, it makes sense to come up with smart storage solutions to get them out of the way.

One idea I’ve seen is keeping things in containers that are built into the walls of your warehouse. If you use industrial drawer slides, you can slide them out, get what you need, and slide them back in.

As a result, you minimize the space wasted on the warehouse floor. Everything is tucked away neatly, and you can save room for more important things, like storing your products.

 

3. The Higher the Better

One problem I see with lots of warehouses is that they cram too many storage racks all in one place. And, when you look at these racks, you see that they’re wasting so much space. How? , Because they’re not tall enough.

The great thing about a warehouse is that it tends to be a tall building. So, you should make good use of all the extra height you have. Get storage racks that reach the top of your ceiling. Companies make these, so they’re perfectly safe and won’t fall.

Then, you can access high things using scissor lifts and other lifting platforms. It’s an easy way to save ground space, making your warehouse easier to move around in.

Give these hacks a try if you’re experiencing serious space issues. Then, be amazed when you see the difference they make!