6 Ways to Save Money in Your Warehousedoitydev
Building and designing a warehouse doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. Various aspects of your warehouse can be improved so that it becomes a bigger money maker, from doing your research with the customers to optimising space as best you can, it’s easy to save money. A warehouse of any size can be made more efficient by following these tried and tested tips.
1. Regular maintenance
Perform regular, scheduled maintenance checks on all equipment to ensure it is running at a safe and optimum level. Waiting too long to carry out maintenance and repairs can end up costing you more money due to extra repair costs or a drop in productivity, so it’s important to keep on top of it. Additionally, looking after your equipment will keep your staff safe and help prevent the risk of injuries.
2. Optimise space
It’s important to use your space wisely when building a warehouse. Using all the room you have available in the most optimised way could save you a lot of money and help prevent your warehouse from becoming overcrowded and inefficient.
A great way to do this is by adding additional floors to your space. A unique Revlok mezzanine floor from Doity can create extra space affordably in up to 50% less time than a traditional mezzanine installation. Despite the initial outlay, a mezzanine will soon save your business money, especially when you consider that they can help delay or prevent a move to a bigger premises. Mezzanines are exceptionally versatile space that are most commonly used as a way to add extra storage space, workspace or even break space.
3. Upgrade your tech
Upgrading your tech in your warehouse can help you make more money by processing orders quicker, managing stock levels more accurately and reducing risks of human error mistakes.
You can improve your fulfilment speed and order accuracy by improving how orders are delivered, packed and verified. Your team can update and check orders as they pick and pack them using mobile technology which has proven to be reliable and efficient in warehouses.
As well as barcode scanners and other modern solutions, newer, more convenient options are available to help your team and save money. You can increase your warehouse’s coverage and usage with smartphones and tablets that sync with a Warehouse Management System (WMS).
Voice pickers are also being used in some warehouses, making it easier for staff members to retrieve and confirm goods. As a result, manual errors can be reduced and things can run more smoothly.
Saving money on lighting has never been more important than now with soaring energy prices.
Using lighting such as LED bulbs will offer bright lights and give better coverage while still lowering your power consumption – a win-win! You can also increase lighting by adding more windows and roof lights to create a brighter and more open space, depending on your warehouse setup.
5. Drive automated, repeat custom
Many businesses succeed by automating reordering and resupplying their customers. This generates recurring, reliable revenue that you can count on. Whether you sell to businesses (B2B) or direct-to-consumer (DTC), offering discounts for regular repeat business will build loyalty. As every business owner knows, it costs less to keep an existing customer than it does to gain a new one.
6. Offer Click & Collect
Ideal for warehouses that send out high volumes of orders, Click & Collect will save you time and money by sending multiple orders to a single location. If you have bricks-and-mortar locations such as stores, use these. If not, fear not. Your chosen courier service may already have systems in place where your customers can collect from a convenient location like newsagents, supermarkets or postal lockers.
Based in the North West of England, Doity is an engineering and design company specialising in mezzanine flooring and general steel fabrication. Find out more about our services or get in touch to discuss how to make the most of your warehouse space.
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