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January 06, 2020

The importance of getting your stockroom layout right

The biggest sales season for retailers is underway and after the rush of Christmas shopping, it can be hard for businesses to make sure their stock rooms are well prepared. 

Trying to forecast what will be popular with customers is hard to get right; it is more of an art than a science, and there is always a chance that some items will sell out quickly while others will stick around far longer than anticipated.

So, how can you make sure your stockroom works for your business throughout this busy period, alongside an easy flow of SKUs that help you to achieve that delicate balance of having just enough stock rather than too much or too little?

#1 Organisation is key

It doesn’t matter if you are a multinational retailer with huge warehouses or a start-up selling things out of your storage cupboard, if you are disorganised and don’t have things laid out in an efficient manner, then you may end up doing harm to your business and mean that more mistakes are made than need to be.

It’s not just a case of having enough shelving and storage, but more about making sure that your space is planned in an efficient and logical way so that your staff can easily find stock and move about safely to retrieve it and get it to where it needs to be.

Health and safety  is a huge part of any warehouse operation, and so having the right workplace products available is a key consideration.

#2 Product Placement

If you notice quickly that certain products are more popular than others and need to be retrieved quickly, then move them to the front of your storeroom or warehouse to make it easier for employees to access them and send them to the packing area or shop floor.

#3 Correct Shelving is key

It is advisable that you plan your storage solution correctly and make sure every inch of space is well used. We would also advise that you buy more shelving than you think you need because you never know what products you may want to stock in the future.

We are currently working on a range of shelving and units, with our sister site worXmart, to ensure you get the right ones for your operation. These should be available on our site in the New Year. Delta Plus steel shelving is the ultimate all-rounder shelving unit which is brilliantly adaptable as it features a choice of plain or slotted shelves which are adjustable every 25mm, and which also comes with a vast range of dividers and accessories making them perfect for office, libraries, workshops or warehouses – wherever.

#4 Go High

Make sure you use every available bit of space you have by buying the tallest racking and storage system you can fit into your space. Even if you don’t have the stock to fill it at this moment in time, you should always be prepared for growth as well as having the option to bring more stock of your popular lines in if needed.

If you are not sure what products would be best for your storage room or warehouse, our customer service team are here to help you with product information. Contact them today on 0333 999 7171 to see how we can solve your workplace product needs.