Bright and Airy Rules!
For those of you that have been following this series on the evolution of the Design To Market warehouse, I am happy to offer the 4th installment in the series. The first three are provided below:
This is our 5th warehouse in 7 years. With each move I have promised myself and the design team that we will NOT need to move again. In truth, we continue to grow and with growth comes the need to meet the needs of the diverse population of homes that we stage.
While I menitoned in my previous warehouse blog that budget is a critical consideration in selecting a space, it is also critical to realize that inefficient and poorly designed warehouse space can hit the bottom line in painful but less obvious ways. If your warehouse is cramped you risk:
- Damaging items that might be crammed too tightly into small spaces
- Misplacing costly items that "disappear"
- Adding inefficiency to the staging process as you are both removing items and returning them to the warehouse
- Distance from the stored area to the loading area for heavy items
- Use of vertical space balanced with access to items stored in the second level
- Lighting in areas where shelves of decorative items and bedding are stored
- Efficient workspace for paperwork and planning
- Flexibility to grow and shrink different storage areas with changes in inventory levels