Optimise Your Warehouse For Maximum Efficiency

With the correct processes in place you can create a warehouse environment that allows for a highly productive and efficient way of working.

By running the warehouse and your storage solutions in this way you will improve logistics as well as saving time and money.

PREPARATION IS KEY

Investing time and manpower into warehouse organisation will lead to savings in the long-term.

WHAT?

Customise your warehouse layout to your industry. Keep batches together so they’re ready to ship or store items individually so they’re easy to sort and send.

WHEN?

Allocate a couple of hours a week to cleaning the warehouse and reducing clutter

WHO?

Regular staff training emphasises why organisation and layout is important

Efficient organisation should never mean that you compromise on safety.

ADOPTING TECHNOLOGY WILL FUTURE-PROOF YOUR WAREHOUSE

46% of SMBs either don’t track inventory or are still using a manual method…

But 68%

of warehouses plan to use mobile devices to manage inventory by 20185.

Gain the competitive edge with a barcode and scanner labelling system to improve accuracy, efficiency and make it easier for staff to find their way round the floorplan map.

OUR FIVE TOP TIPS FOR SMART STORAGE SOLUTIONS

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Tip 1

Placing high sellers or frequent items near the shipping area saves time going back and forth.

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Tip 2

Label everything products, rows shelves and warehouse sections.

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Tip 3

Make sure you factor in space for forklifts to move around safely if you opt for pallet racking.

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Tip 4

Maximising vertical space makes storage easier and less overhwelming.

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Tip 5

Custom shelving solutions bring problem areas to light and enforce change that’s better for business.

If you’re considering optimising the layout of your warehouse, the first step should be to evaluate how you’re currently working and prioritise the changes you want to make against your budget.

What our clients say

Every time we look at an application, Locators approach it like a blank canvas and always recommend the best equipment for our business. Locators have proved themselves as a very reliable and proactive service provider by keeping our trucks working and our fleet costs as low as possible.

Adam Conrad
Group Transport Manager for Covers

Being able to work with one supplier for storage and materials handling has been a benefit to us. Locators managed the complete installation and ensured the correct materials handling equipment was specified for their design. They also service and maintain all of the equipment they have supplied and offer a rack inspection service to make sure our warehouse remains a safe working environment. We are very happy with our new facility and we believe we have made the best use of the available space.

Marc Congdon
Engineering Manager, Costa

We have worked with Locators for nearly 20 years. We are confident they can always make the best use of the space we have available and provide us with forklifts that are well suited for the long loads and other stock we have to move.

Colin Macgregor
Director, Y Goldberg

We purchased our first Toyota forklift from Locators 14 years ago for our farm. This truck has been very reliable and is still in service so we had no hesitation in deciding to purchase another Toyota machine. Locators recommended an electric forklift for our machinery depot as it is very quiet, has low running costs and does not create any pollution, making it ideal for working both inside and outside. Our operators are very pleased with our new Toyota truck and our business is very happy to be operating a forklift that has such a low impact on the environment.

Ed Smales
Director, NFFM

Locators installed the new racking system within a tight timeframe while our business was fully operational. They have provided us with a facility that has a similar storage capacity and reduced the size of our forklift fleet allowing us to lease one building instead of two. We are very happy with the outcome.

Paul Bickell
Nippon Express

Locators gave us the benefit of working with just one supplier for all of the storage and materials handling requirements of this project. By mixing 3 and 4 wheel trucks from the same model range, we have gained extra pallet locations and have the option to battery change between them and work multi-shift in the future. I was initially sceptical that electric trucks could replace LPG, but I am very pleased with the successful outcome of this project.

Mark Davis
Logistics Supervisor for Hall & Woodhouse brewery

We are very pleased with the change from an engine to an electric fleet. The trucks have been well received by our operators as they are comfortable and quiet to drive and give excellent protection from the elements. We even have the option and flexibility to use spare batteries and a simple battery change system if we ever want to work back to back shifts in the future. Locators also design, supply and install all types of racking and storage systems. They reconfigured the CooperVision warehouse for narrow aisle operation which increases the storage density and pallet locations. Locators supplied Aisle-Master articulated forklifts to work in this area.

Coopervision, Hamble

It is a great benefit to us that we have a single source supplier who understands the needs of our business. This saves us time, improves efficiency and ultimately reduces cost.

Richard Horrocks
Smurfitt Kappa