When you’re setting up a warehouse for your business, there are more things you’ll need to purchase than you may imagine. To run a warehouse effectively, you’ll require a host of equipment. Exactly what you need and how much of it will largely depend on the size of your warehouse and the goods you’ll be handling, but below are a few items you will more than likely want to install.
The best place to begin is with how you’ll actually store all the products in your warehouse. One of the most common options is a pallet racking system, as this allows you to move large volumes of cargo from one place to another quickly and easily, while also making it simple to store big deliveries.
When you’re installing pallet racking, you should think carefully about your warehouse’s capacity. It is usually relatively easy to expand industrial storage systems like this, so start out with a little more than what you need initially, but bear in mind that you can add more pallet racking should you need it in the future.
Forklifts are typically used to move the pallets from one place to another, so you’ll need to invest in at least one of these machines if you’ve opted for this type of storage solution and it has multiple levels.
Pallet trucks are a manual device that can be pushed or pulled around to move pallets of goods with ease, while there are various pallet lifters and jacks on the market as well. However, neither of these things can stack pallets on high racks, so you’ll need a forklift if you want to utilise the vertical space in your warehouse.
Make sure you leave enough room in the aisles of your warehouse to accommodate the model of forklift you’ll be using when you design the space initially. If you only have a small warehouse, you may decide manual equipment is the most cost-effective option, however, for larger spaces, mechanised devices will be the best choice in the long run.
Dock boards are another essential item for any warehouse. These are basically like ramps that can be sloped or flat and are used to make sure the loading bay is level with the truck that’s being unloaded. They enable forklifts to enter the back of a lorry to remove pallets, making them incredibly useful in large, busy warehouse environments.
One thing you should never forget about when you’re kitting out a warehouse is safety gear. There is a range of products you’ll be required by law to have onsite, so you need to check that you have all of these in your warehouse when you start operating out of it.
For instance, if you have areas where forklifts and other vehicles share walkways with pedestrians, you need to ensure that people who are walking are adequately protected. This usually involves having a clearly-marked path, but you may also want to install guard rails for additional safety. Elevated work at height platforms are another device you may require if you have tall warehouse storage and need your employees to access pallets and goods stored near the top. You should always make sure such devices are well-maintained and used appropriately.
Other items you’ll need to pick up include safety signs to alert employees to potential hazards, like spills, as well as hard hats, strong gloves and high-visibility jackets for people who are working on the warehouse floor.