What Commercial Renovations Can Do to Solve Faulty Warehouse Logistics
Have you ever dealt with the stresses of poor planning or procrastination? If you’ve ever had to cope with a period of “crunch” time in your life, you almost certainly have. Whether it’s a young student desperately thumbing through textbooks and scribbling down notes for a paper before an upcoming exam, or a business professional who’s up at 3am typing a paper that their boss needs first thing that morning, the effects of poor planning are obvious. There’s a saying by United States founding father Benjamin Franklin that holds true today: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. The two examples of the student and business professional offered above are relatable, but they’re also extremely small scale. The only thing that will suffer is the student’s grades and the professional’s department. However, there’s a form of poor planning and failure to prepare for upcoming crunch periods that has a far wider impact. When a warehouse has faulty logistics, layouts, and storage problems, the effects spread out far and wide. These problems are compounded further during certain times of the year. If you’re a business owner who’s dealing with warehouse issues, then it’s time to consider commercial renovations. Only by attacking the root of the issue will you be able to obtain results. The longer you leave the problem, the worse things will become. Whether it’s your dock equipment quality or placement, employee training and expectations, or the wider layout, a small issue can multiply quickly.
Looking at the Big Picture: Why a Warehouse’s Flow Matters
A warehouse needs to be a well-oiled machine, where each cog works perfectly with its fellows. When one gear breaks and splinters off, the others rust and grind to a halt. In order for everything to run at max efficiency, the following must be balanced: your budget and handling costs, your daily routines and processes, your employee training, productivity and safety, your layout and cargo, and your ability to ship goods on time. It’s easy to see how one problem can cause more in its wake. Business owners who are dealing with a logistics disaster often feel suffocated under the weight. Problems lead to delays, shortages, and financial costs. These mistakes then fan out and affect customers and clients. This is why commercial renovations are so important when a warehouse’s logistics are flawed. When a warehouse struggles with keeping on schedule, retailers and other businesses are subject to these postponements and hold ups. In the end, the ripple effect causes headaches for countless consumers.
Stress Test: How Certain Times of the Year Put Extra Weight on Your Warehouse
Let’s say it’s a day in the middle of spring and your warehouse seems to be running fine. The inexperienced business owner might see this as a sign of success and continue with everything just the way it is. That warehouse will receive a rude surprise during certain seasons. Depending on the cargo and your clients, there are a few occasions that are absolutely hectic, and a few times of the year that are slow and docile in comparison. These days also vary depending on where you are in the world; a big sales day for the United States can be moderate in Canada and slow in Europe. The industry and product also affect sales; February and October see big spikes in chocolate sales but very few transactions regarding scuba gear. Knowing when these spikes (and when slow times) happen allow you to plan commercial renovations. Some of the ‘universal’ spikes in sales come at these times of the year:
- Black Friday is an American phenomenon that makes headlines every year and is starting to gain traction in other countries, including Canada. This occasion happens on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, right at the end of November.
- The Christmas season. This is an obvious one, as December is filled with a flurry of activity where people try to find appropriate gifts for their family, friends, and other loved ones.
- Season transitions. As summer fades into fall, and the first frosts of winter come down, people need to dress differently and equip themselves appropriately. Retailers help people transition with goods such as snow shovels or sandals.
Preparing for these times of the year through commercial renovations is important because the extra demand puts stress on an existing system. If your warehouse logistics are barely doing the job, then the extra demand at these times of the year will push it over into disaster.
Addressing the Root of the Issue Through Commercial Renovations
Just reading the above paragraphs is enough to become overwhelmed and anxious. So, take a deep breath and look at the root of the issue: warehouse flow and logistics. First of all, you need adequate space to store everything. However, you also need to give your workers room to move and work. 40 to 50% of injuries in a warehouse are in the back and shoulders, and the leading cause is when employees do not have the room to properly lift, lower, or carry goods. Redesigning the workplace to allow for healthy lifting and moving leaves employees in better health and allows them to move more quickly. Furthermore, dock equipment needs ample room around it, especially during the winter months. Opening up space and reshuffling your cargo so that everything is properly laid out leads to faster times, less money, stronger workers, and countless other benefits.
When your warehouse is poorly organized, the problems pile up quickly. Before you know it, you can be in over your head. Commercial renovations help reset these situations and restore order. When you have faulty warehouse logistics, opening up space and getting things organized again is essential. For a free quote on renovations, call the experts at McKee-Horrigan Inc. today at 1 888 244 4171, or visit our website for more information.