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If you manage a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), then you will already be fully aware that controlling your business costs is a big part of being profitable. For many business owners, it is the principal way they maintain a healthy balance sheet at all! However, one of the areas of expenditure that even some of the most scrupulous businesspeople fail to pay full attention to is with their storage operation.
The trouble is that there are all sorts of hidden costs that are associated with the management and running of modern storage facilities. These including things like electrical lighting and heating or cooling systems. Also rent charges, wage costs and wastage from lost or broken items. If you want to truly keep a lid on commercial expenditure, then you need to pay attention to the cost-saving storage tips outlined below.
(1) Improve Processes With Pallet Racking
By palletising your racking you will improve a number of processes rapidly. Firstly, sliding or gravitational pallet racks allow deliveries to reach their onward destination in your warehouse without effort. Secondly, you will be able to fully integrate your goods in operation to your stock control facility. This means that newly arrived deliveries can go immediately into stock without needing to opened up or split. Helping your goods in department to work more efficiently, pallet racking also means a single system for picking items, too. Pallet racking installation in in Middlesbrough and other parts of UK can be undertaken from WSSL who can advise on the best approach for your business.
(2) Computerising Stock Control
When items come into your storage facility they should be labelled with a bar code and scanned. This means that any item should be easy to find with a computerised scanner. If a picking operative has no idea what the item is they are looking for, their scanner will recognise the bar code and tell them. This speeds up picking times and allows for fewer errors. Furthermore, customer enquiries can be handled with a greater degree of efficiency. This is because your software should tell administrative staff what levels of stock for any given product happen to be.
(3) External Storage
When your storage facility is packed this a sure sign that you are managing costs well by running close to capacity. Nevertheless, storage rooms and warehouses which have no ‘give’ because they are almost full to bursting tend to be places where things go missing. Or things get accidentally shifted to somewhere they shouldn’t be. Rather than paying rent for an additional storage facility, make use of a shipping container in your car park. This is a cheap, temporary alternative to store items.
(4) In-Between Floors
Since many SMEs operate from out-of-town industrial parks, they often occupy double height buildings. If you do, but only make use of the floor level, then fitting a mezzanine floor to create an additional layer in your premises is a great idea. You can virtually double your available space overnight with a free-standing mezzanine. This can be disassembled when your lease is up, if needed. They are relatively quick to install by professionals companies over the course of a few days, depending on the size required.
(5) Home Storage
Just like business storage, home storage is also very important. Home offices can be made more functional if everything is organized and put on the designated places. You can consider different racks, shelving units and desk storage/filing.
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