Getting Your Warehouse Ready To Move Locations
If your company is planning a move, you need to make sure that you prepare your warehouse in advance. Getting everything ready before the move is key to making the move go smoothly. By planning ahead, you will save time, effort, and money. Moreover, knowing the layout of your new location will make the moving process more efficient.
Prepare your warehouse for the move
A successful warehouse move requires careful planning and communication of information throughout your organization. Managers and supervisors will be involved in the planning of the move and in moving inventory, and hourly workers will need to have new procedures in place for their tasks during the move. In addition, you will need to assign responsibilities and set realistic timelines. It is important to communicate the plan weekly so that all involved parties are aware of it.
In order to avoid delays and mistakes, a thorough plan should be in place before the move. You will need to coordinate with the commercial moving company, determine the logistics and the number of trailers needed, and negotiate contracts well ahead of time. You should also consider the technology that you will use during the move, including material handling equipment and automation. You should also plan for time and manpower to complete the move.
Plan your transition plan
Having a comprehensive warehouse transition plan is crucial to a successful move. It will help ensure that your transition to a new facility goes smoothly and that all your employees are kept busy during the transition. A detailed plan will also help you figure out the factors to take into consideration before the move.
The first step in planning your transition is to map out your new facility. You will need to mark where all of the stock is located. Having an accurate inventory can speed up order picking and loading time in the new warehouse. You may also want to shrink-wrap your pallets and mark them with a license plate so that you can quickly and easily identify what is in stock.
Get the proper paperwork ready
Before moving your warehouse, get all of your paperwork in order. From forwarding utilities and mail to preparing permits, make sure to contact the proper governing bodies. This will help to ensure the move goes as smoothly as possible. In addition, make sure to review your products to make sure there are no outdated or unused products.
Getting the proper paperwork ready when moving warehouses will help to keep your operations running smoothly and avoid delays. Often, warehouse relocations get stuck in red tape that can disrupt your daily operations. For example, you may need to apply for a permit for your new building, and you will need to finalize your lease with the new building’s landlord.
Map the new location
Before planning to map the new location of our warehouse, it is important to consult with your colleagues in the warehouse. Although you might already know the current layout of your current warehouse, it is always best to get on the ground and walk the floor with the associates. Not only will this give you direct input, but you will get a better understanding of your associates’ behavior and routes. You will also be able to get a better idea of the most popular SKUs in your warehouse.
Once you have an idea of the layout of your warehouse, it is time to create the locations. These can be drawn as polygons, and the locations of shelving racks can be represented as points. These points indicate the approximate geographic location of the items in each space. In addition, you can record details about the items in each location using attribute tables.
Plan for shipments
When moving warehouse locations, you must carefully plan for shipments. You must plan for the time it will take to pack and move inventory, equipment, and palletize orders. If you don’t account for these time-consuming activities, the move could take longer than expected. You must also estimate the time it will take to label and count each item.
Plan for disruptions
While moving to a new warehouse may be a great opportunity to save money, it is important to prepare for potential disruptions. The first step in preparation is to simulate a disaster to evaluate your business continuity plan. This should include mock scenarios that simulate technology fail-overs, manual order processing, and moving large groups of people.
Supply chain disruptions can be difficult to predict and often happen unexpectedly. You should consider these disruptions and develop a contingency plan for every scenario. This means identifying every step in your supply chain and asking yourself, “What if…”
About Dose Moving
Dose Moving and Storage started in a garage in 2014. With a Ford pickup truck and a rented Uhaul trailer, Dose made deliveries for consignment stores. One of the customers was so happy with her delivery that she asked if we would move her. We said sure! From that day forward, we were in the moving business.
Dose quickly decided that they would take everything that was wrong with the moving industry and change it. Dose patented our moving and wrapping techniques so that nothing would get damaged. Dose changed the pricing structure so that all rates were transparent and honest with no hidden or extra fees. Dose changed the hiring process and culture of the moving industry by paying our employees more than any other moving company. Dose only hires non-smokers and our employees must pass a federal background check and drug test.