Have you ever been curious about how much space your warehouse could actually hold? How do you determine the necessary storage capacity for your needs? In this blog post, we'll break it down for you. We'll also provide some tips on how to make the most of your warehouse storage space. So, whether you're just starting out or you're looking to optimize your current setup, read on!
What Is Warehouse Capacity?
The amount of space accessible for storage, stock preparation, and order processing in an eCommerce warehouse is warehouse capacity. It's crucial to distinguish between conceptual storage capacity and operating capacity to comprehend storage capacity completely.
While theoretically storage space means the warehouse's physical capacity (both vertically and horizontally), operating capacity relates to the quantity of available space depending on the following criteria:
· The weight and size of the items that will be stored.
· How much stock do you need on hand to keep up with demand?
· How much room does your staff require to find products and fulfill orders properly?
Determine The Overall Size Of Your Warehouse
Using a design and estimating the overall square footage of warehouse racks is among the first errors warehouse managers make when assessing the size of their warehouse. This strategy will not assist you in optimizing your warehouse since it ignores office space and other non-storage areas. Instead, start with the overall square footage. Subtract the area utilized for the office, bathrooms, and other non-storage facilities. Then multiply the remaining square footage by the apparent height of the warehouse area to get your storage space in cubic feet. The exact size is the distance between the finished floor and any above item.
Calculate The Size Of Your Inventory Cube
After you've determined your warehouse storage space or cube size, you'll need to figure out how big your inventory cube should be. Remember that the size of your inventory cube comprises the racking areas where the goods are kept. To get the storage space footprint, multiply the length and breadth of racks by the height of the highest weight in each region. To get the size of your inventory cube, multiply the cubic volume of each region by the number of areas.
Calculate The Warehouse Storage Cube Size
After estimating your warehouse's overall storage capacity in cubic feet, you must now calculate the size of your storage cubes. You must first compute the total vertical storage capacity of each pallet rack by measuring the dimensions of each pallet rack. To get the actual size of your current storage cube, multiply the capability of each shelf by the overall number of storage racks you have.
Your warehouse storage cube should be between 22 percent and 27 percent of your total storage capacity, which may be exclusive. This range is standard since employees require ample space to unload pallets and pick efficiently. If your warehousing cube is more than 27%, you're probably paying a lot in labor since your staff doesn't have enough space to operate. If your storage cube is less than 22%, you're squandering space with improper rack placement.
Determine And Assess How Much Space In Your Warehouse You're Using
The last step is to compare the dimensions of your warehouse and inventory cubes. To assess how successfully you utilize your allocated storage space, divide your stock cube by your storage cube warehouse shelves. It's important to remember that your warehouse's entire storage space is only a guess. You'll need room for your racking, as well as an open area for employees and forklifts to move about.
Think about changing the quantity or breadth of aisles, aisle orientation, the size and position of your rack and shelves, and the open height in some portions of the facility if you discover that you're not getting enough use out of your warehouse area. Examine your storage capacity use from a variety of perspectives to see whether various storage and retrieval methods, floor storage, and layout choices, for instance, will allow you to increase warehouse capacity planning, style, and administration.
So, whether you're starting from scratch or looking to optimize your current warehouse storage space, make sure to keep the following tips in mind. And if you're looking for even more help and advice, don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We build the tools 3PLs use to not only compete but win new business.