Tips to Help When You Need to Relocate Your Warehouse
If you’re in charge of moving a warehouse, you’re going to get a chance to really flex your organisational skills. It can be a massive job, but when you are on top of things, it can prevent feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or stressed out. To help you stay calm throughout the process, some of the tips below may be useful. Take it a step at a time and have a plan for the best results!
Make Sure Offices Get Packed
If your organisation has offices at the warehouse, these need to be packed. Assign someone who is in charge of being sure this is done. Do you have several offices that need to be packed? You can designate that each person is in charge of packing up their own office to make things easier. Whatever you choose to do, make sure everyone is aware in advance of what is expected of them.
Organise All the Changes Needed
The best way to organise changes is by making a list. You might need to have things like utilities, computer networks, and waste removal set up at the new warehouse. You’ll need to provide an address change to any company that you work with. Some organisations will want to cut down on deliveries in the last weeks so there is less inventory, others may wish to increase deliveries. Consider your needs and daily operations to make the right choices.
Decide How Employees Will Be Involved
You might have a relocation that doesn’t really involve the employees, or you might give them responsibility to help during the move. If you plan to move a significant distance, you may need to think about moving expenses for the employees. There should be reading material for employees to look over as well as regular meetings, so everyone is kept in the loop about what is happening.
Ensure Access to Needed Moving Supplies
You might get lucky and find that relocating your warehouse requires moving a few pallets from one building to another, but many relocations require a great deal of packing. It’s essential to make a list of all the moving supplies you will likely need throughout the process. This includes items like pallet wrap, aisle marking tape, wardrobe bars, surface protection films, and more.
Organise Inventory and Get Infrastructure Ready
This is an excellent time to go through the existing warehouse to be sure everything is where it should be. If something is in the wrong location, it will likely turn up in the wrong area in the new warehouse, too. At the same time, you want to be sure you have the additional resources you need such as shelving, forklifts, pallets, safety wear, and a simple way to communicate.
Choose a Moving Company
Just like moving from one home to another, a moving company can help with warehouse relocation. It’s essential to choose one that has experience with this type of move to ensure it goes off without a hitch. Read reviews, get quotes, and then select the best option or your needs. This should be done early to ensure they can help on your preferred moving date.
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