Moving your warehouse is a big job. For most businesses, the warehouse and the inventory it holds are key to all business operations. Does the idea of winding down an old warehouse system, physically moving operations, and starting a new one worry you? If so, here’s a guide to keeping productivity up during your transition.Assess Your Systems
How does your current warehouse and inventory system work for you? This is the perfect time to make changes to boost productivity or efficiency. Such ideas could include adding technology for tracking and pulling inventory, changing the footprint of your inventory for a more efficient physical layout, or switching to a new labeling system.
Of course, you’ll need time to create large-scale changes, so this step is best considered long before you actually move into your new warehouse. Involve the entire company — and possibly outside consultants— in this assessment as well as any potential resolutions.Involve Everyone
The more that stakeholders in your business understand what’s going on, the more they can help ease the process. Be open and communicative with the entire company staff about the timelines, what will be involved in the actual transition, how it may affect their jobs, and how the business plans to maintain a sense of normalcy.
Ask for suggestions for how departments can pitch in to help — perhaps by informing customers about potential delays, aiding in order prioritizing, or physically helping move things. And be sure to alert customers, clients, vendors, neighbors, and creditors about the transition.Start Smaller
Unlike most office moves, a warehouse move is usually best done in smaller increments. Once you have access to the new location, move a smaller portion of your work into one part of the warehouse. If you plan to implement a new strategy for moving goods, transporting things, or using technology, view this section as a test run for the larger processes.
Once this smaller department or section has been in place long enough to try out, begin moving other departments into the warehouse. Roll sections of the warehouse into the new locations one after another, allowing each section to take hold and get back to normal operation before interrupting the next one.Cut Back First
Another way to cut back on size during the transition is to reduce the inventory as much as possible, perhaps by ordering fewer items, having a smaller on-hand quantity, or limiting order sizes.
The less you have to inventory, label, box up, and move, the easier — and more organized — your actual move will go. Inform vendors of the temporary reductions. If customers will be impacted, post that on your website and talk with regular customers directly.Rent the Right Equipment
When it comes time to actually move equipment, set up processes, and haul inventory, budget extra money to have the proper equipment at hand. Rent plenty of equipment haulers in the form of pickup trucks, flatbed trucks and trailers, cargo trailers, and vans.
Many companies that rent moving trucks also rent out miscellaneous accessories and supplies that could be useful to you. Some trucks have hitches so by renting a ball mount you could attach a trailer as well.
Other good items to rent include hand trucks, appliance dollies, pallet jacks, and heavy-duty moving pads if you don’t have these things already.
While changing to a new warehouse won’t be an easy project in any situation, it can be a manageable one. By making upgrades, communicating well, and hiring enough vehicles and workers to complete the move quickly, you’ll impact your business as little as possible. Start with a visit to the business moving experts at Del’s Truck Rentals today.