Ecommerce Business Is Booming: The Effects On Warehouses & Logistics
Ecommerce was already on a meteoric rise pre-pandemic. Cited as a death-knell for the high street, online shopping and consumer behaviour had changed drastically since the heyday of the 90’s major high streets. Move forward to today, following an extraordinary 18-months of lockdowns and diversification by businesses and consumers, the warehouse and logistics industry has had to accelerate faster than ever to keep up with demand.
Efficiency is key
With all this in mind, warehouse and logistic operations need to conduct a comprehensive review of how they work and implement more efficient processes and equipment. This can include a full racking review to assess whether their current setup allows for optimum workflow speed without compromising the quality of the product.
Reviewing your existing racking systems
Racking types such as live racking allow for more stock capacity, less warehouse handler input, and significantly better pick times.
Then there are smaller yet valuable measures such as wire mesh products that can help organise the warehouse. For example, wire mesh baskets and shelf partitions can save time and reduce picking errors.
Finally, assessing an existing setup and adapting to the new demand on a business helps get products out the door and onto lorries and courier trucks faster – ready to reach a happy customer.
Warehouse storage scalability
With demand comes scale, too, and while the last 18 months have been a devastating time for many, there are areas that have seen significant growth. With 55% of the UK making clothing, shoe and accessory purchases online in 2020, the fashion sector is just one example of a need to adapt to relentless demand.
Scaling the business to answer the call of the market can signal a need for significant changes. Bigger warehouse premises are a major change that can facilitate massive growth when designed and installed by market leaders such as Nene Warehouse Solutions.
Then warehouse space optimisation, utilising every last inch to accommodate more product without compromising on the safety of warehouse staff. Reworking a layout with approved designers like the experts at Nene ensures that maximum optimisation is achieved, be that in new premises or reconfiguring an existing facility.
Improving your warehouse layout
A new layout can include narrow aisle racking, mezzanine flooring for height, as well as width modification and drive in-racking to get large products from shelf to driver quickly and efficiently. The possibilities are endless with the right direction and quality equipment.