Warehouse space is costly to maintain, and with the fast pace of the online marketplace, you have to keep even more product, tools, and supplies on hand than ever before. But if you can’t afford to maintain more warehouse space, how can you store the extra product that you need to have on hand? High-density shelving is the answer to that question, but what exactly is it? Essentially, it is any of a variety of shelving options that allow you to store more stuff in less space (resulting in a higher density of items). One example of this is shelving that rolls or slides to remove the aisle space between the units when it is not in use. If you’re considering adding or changing your current shelving out for high-density shelving, read on for tips and tricks.
Evaluate What You Have
Getting rid of your current shelving may not be possible or it may not be a financially sound decision, so a better bet may be to move around the shelving you currently have. Examine your current storage situation to see what if anything can be moved. Pallet racks should be safely and securely attached to the ground, so they may be too inconvenient to move. However, smaller shelves like wire or steel shelving might be an option for relocation. Even if you can only relocate enough shelving to make room for one high-density shelving unit, it will still increase your storage capacity greatly.
Check Your Aisles
Measure all of your aisles to make sure that they are wide enough, but also not too wide. You have to make sure that you have enough space for workers and forklifts to access the shelving. This is especially important with high-density shelving. Measuring your aisle may show you that you have more room to work with than you first thought. However, you must also make sure that the high-density shelving that you’re installing leaves enough room for aisles that are accessible.
Check Up and Down
Second-floor areas are a great place for high-density shelving since is available in a wide variety of styles to fit confined spaces. The area below overhangs or mezzanines is another common place to put high-density shelving. This is especially true for mobile shelving on rails or tracks. If you have spaces like this, consider installing mobile high-density shelving in them. These shelving varieties even have motorized options that can help you increase the accessibility of shelving in tight spaces, by allowing it to come out to you.
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