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Essential warehouse spring cleaning tips

Your supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That’s why spring is a great time to schedule a thorough spring cleaning of your warehouse. If your workers are having trouble finding products in the stacks, it means you’re losing both time and money.

At ARPAC Innovative Material Handling Solutions, we offer warehouse racking, shelving, new and used forklifts, and other warehouse equipment in the Edmonton, Vancouver, and Calgary areas. We have everything you need to clean out and reorganize your warehouse to make it as efficient as it can be. Here are just five helpful tips for when you decide to do a spring cleaning of your warehouse:

  1. Communicate with your warehouse workers
    No one knows your warehouse better than the people who work in it every day. A spring cleaning is a great opportunity to get your employees involved in developing the solutions that will improve their workplace and save you money.
  1. Is it time to update your warehouse technology?
    Whether it’s old forklifts, inefficient racking or shelving, or other out-of-date equipment, sometimes efficiency isn’t a matter of the organization of your items, but the tools you’re using to move them. Drop by one of our locations in Vancouver, Edmonton, or Calgary to consult with one of our experts about what kind of equipment you should be using.
  1. Keep popular items in the most accessible spots
    There are a lot of different ways to organize a warehouse. Many warehouses, however, find it easiest to have several areas that are organized differently. The most easily accessible area, for instance, will have your popular items, the ones you’re moving regularly. The other areas will be more for deep storage of items that you only occasionally need. Popular items should be kept in an area with wide corridors and lots of space whereas the less frequently shipped items can be a little closer together.
  1. Think vertically
    A lot of warehouses don’t realize that they have a lot of space that they’re not using—the space above their heads. With new, elevating forklifts and racking, you can make sure there isn’t a square foot of your warehouse in Calgary, Edmonton, or Vancouver that you’re not using.
  1. Keep it simple
    Above all, be sure to keep your organization as simple as possible and post signs everywhere. When you have a lot of employees working in the same place, you need everyone to be on the same page. Why make it more difficult than you have to?

At ARPAC Innovative Material Handling Solutions, we’re your source for new and used forklifts, warehouse racking and shelving, and any other warehouse equipment you might need in the Vancouver, Edmonton, or Calgary areas. Contact us today to find out how we can help make your warehouse more efficient.