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Make Warehouse Reconfiguration Easy

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on e-commerce and the material handling industry. Buying habits of consumers have permanently changed as they’ve been forced to use alternative delivery methods to receive goods and services. With this change, e-commerce has boomed, and many companies have faced with massive spikes in demands that they simply cannot handle with their current distribution operations.

As such, reconfiguring warehouses and distribution centers is very much the new normal for a lot of operations. Reconfiguring a warehouse can be a huge undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. This article will talk about quick and efficient ways to keep distribution operation agile by executing warehouse reconfigurations easily.  

 

1. Audit your operations and identify potential reasons to reconfigure.

Warehouse reconfigurations can be time consuming and intimidating, especially if you’re not prepared. For that reason, the first and most important step to making warehouse reconfigurations simple and effective is to audit your current operation and identify potential scenarios that would warrant changing your warehouse layout. There are many reasons to consider warehouse reconfiguration. Is it peak season? Do you need extra inbound or outbound material flow? Are you increasing the number of operators interacting with your material flow? All of these are potential reasons to consider warehouse reconfiguration as a solution for these variable circumstances.

 

2. Establish warehouse reconfiguration plans for each scenario.

After you’ve done the legwork of auditing and identifying potential reasons to reconfigure, we recommend creating a warehouse layout for each potential scenario. It’s important to talk to warehouse managers, shift supervisors and other people involved in the day-to-day operations of the flow of materials in your warehouse when establishing these plans. These people often have the best grasp of what pain points they face in different scenarios and can provide insight into how to fix them.

 

3. Stockpile rapid-deploy mobile conveyance technologies.

Once you’ve gone through the critical task of planning, the next most important step is to shop around and acquire the necessary types and amounts of equipment to facilitate you’re warehouse reconfiguration plans. As mentioned before, the industry is shifting towards what is called “rapid-deploy” conveyance systems. These are flexible and mobile conveyance technologies that allow companies to quickly rearrange their warehouses. Solutions like these can really save you in a pinch and because they’re not permanent material handling solutions, you can skip a lot of the permitting requirements needed and get the equipment up and running sooner.

 

Carter Intralogistics is here to help.

Carter Intralogistics has recently brought to market two new rapid-deploy mobile and flexible conveyance technologies: CarterFlex™ and CarterMobile™. If you think that rapid-deploy, mobile or flexible conveyor solutions could help your business operate more efficiently, Carter may be a good fit. Contact our sales team at sales@carterintralogistics.com or visit our Contact Us page for more information.

 

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