07 Feb FIFO Warehouse Layout – Incidentals and Other Issues
The first thing you want to think about when you are considering a first in first out warehouse layout is the overall design. Of course, that is a very easy thing to say, but, is not an easy thing to put into practice. The idea of FIFO is easy to understand but can be hard to implement in a usable fashion if you do not know the tools required to do so. We talk a lot on the site about how there is a disconnect between a customer and a company because they may be using two different types of language for the same item. For example, it is very common for someone to look for industrial shelving but not find it because it is called pallet racking in the material handling industry. The same thing is true here. It is difficult to design a warehouse when you do not know what to call the shelving or racks that will be in your space. It would be the same as trying to order your favorite food in a restaurant overseas but you do not speak the language native to the area. You know what it is but you do not know the name of the food in that particular language.
The fix for this is to work with somebody who does understand all of the terminologies of the industry that you need. Why? Not only do they know the names of things in the industry but they also have a good idea of the permitting required to use those pieces of equipment in your business. The fact is that many places require permits for things like industrial shelving or pallet racks. There is a lot that has to do with seismic testing and seismic calculations that are going to be different for every area. It is why an experienced reputable company is important. You can work with companies who are not experienced or who lack the knowledge of the permitting process but that is not recommended. If you do work with a company that lacks the knowledge of the permitting process then the inspection may go badly for you. You will have to remove all your products from the industrial shelving and then you will be forced to store that particular piece of equipment somewhere. You will also have to store the product that was on that pallet rack. Therefore, instead of having to only find a place to store the product you have to find a place to store the pallet rack. You could try and sell it but, since it had a problem with the permitting, then it is highly likely that someone else will have a problem with the allocation of a permit if they bought it. All this could be avoided if you just work with a reputable company that understands the permitting process. The kind of company that we are talking about here will use pallet racks that have seismic testing and/or seismic calculations done on them so that the permitting process is nearly seamless.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you are interested in a FIFO warehouse layout then you are highly likely running a food-based business. It means that you probably need a mobile shelving unit in order to transfer all your food to another area. Of course, this assumes that you are doing the preparation of food in your facility. If you are not then you are looking at a pallet jack or a forklift to move your product around. Notwithstanding, most facilities could do with a few good mobile shelving racks that do not feel like they are going to break at any moment. The good news is that you can find both of these in the same place if you are dealing with a reputable company. It is the best part of working with a company that knows what they are doing because they will know all the little incidental items that you will need in your business because they have seen it all before.
If you are looking for a company that can help you get your FIFO warehouse layout done then you should consider getting a warehouse CAD layout. It will help you think about what you need in your business before you need it. We can definitely help you with that and you can talk to us by calling 503-447-1284.