The volume of inventory on pallets and cartons
Overall volume, does it fluctuate at different times of the year or is it consistent?
Are pallets mixed?
What is the method of picking
- pallet, carton, or piece?
Do the operations need a warehouse picking route?
Can inventory be stored on racking?
Does it require special racking?
Do you require special handling warehouse equipment (e.g. refrigeration or hazardous material)?
By performing the data review, you can empower your warehouse design team to avoid any mistakes and pitfalls and ultimately lead to a lean warehouse layout.
Arrange for your team to do a site visit to a facility similar to yours, as this will provide insights into what the operational requirements of your warehouse will be. So, armed with good data and visual observations, your design team can accurately assess the layout of your facility and create a warehouse that will perform at its best for you well into the future.