A warehouse relocation is a significant change for any business. This is regardless of your warehouse size or structure. It will involve coordination from your all staff. As well as many departments, ranging from your operations to the administration. The impact can be a vital downtime for your business. This could be the result if you don't adhere to your prior planning.
There are many things to consider when looking to partner with a racking provider for a warehouse relocation. One of the main considerations usually comes down to who can do it in a short amount of downtime. This then means there is minimal impact on operations and smooth transition to your new warehouse. There are three critical components to a smooth warehouse racking relocation transition that includes:
There are many reasons that you would choose to move your warehouse racking. The reasons can vary from and are not limited to:
A warehouse relocation will mean that your warehouse may be out of action for a period of time. This will especially be the case if you intend to pull down your current warehouse racking and reinstall. The other option is a trade in of the old racking for new racking. Time is money for your business. Choose a partner with someone who has the ability to move your warehouse with minimal disruption to your supply chain.
Check off questions to answer with your warehouse racking provider include:
Inventory is an important part of your warehouse move. If this part isn't correctly planned it can result in a significant expense to your business. This is through the damage or loss of stock. Before the warehouse relocation, count the stock. Then when the transportation is complete reconcile the stock to see if there are any discrepancies. The expectation will have to be that some stock will possibly be lost or damaged during transportation. Make allowance in the budget and planning for the damage and loss of stock. This will then ensure that this isn't an unexpected cost of the warehouse move. This process of inventory management can be made easier with a Warehouse Management System (WMS). Read more about Warehouse Management Systems.
The selection of the location of your new warehouse will be a significant one. The location is key to reducing any transportation expenses and increasing the demand response time. The layout and design of your warehouse is the following step of your warehouse relocation. When planning this step you will need to consider the following:
Every warehouse racking relocation it's critical that there is a clearly established budget. It will leave no surprise additional costs. Within your budget you should set out costs that are likely, for example:
It is important for a smooth transition of the warehouse facility. To do this the communication channels between those involved have to be clearly set out. The three main communication levels include the management, the customers and the suppliers.
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