Having the right equipment for the job is essential, no matter what type of business you work in. The same applies for managing or working in a warehouse. Yes, you might be able to carry all the boxes from the warehouse to the loading bay by hand, but it’s not really a safe and efficient way to do it. You might have a huge warehouse, with a lot of products in it that are stacked on top of each other, but when you need to spend 15 minutes searching for the right box, you know you need to get yourself a well-organized shelving system.
It’s no secret that warehouse work isn’t the most pleasant, and in fact it can be really taxing on employees’ health. So in order to avoid injuries and make the work easier for the employees so that they can be more efficient and bring in more revenue, there are a couple of things you can do, starting with getting the right working equipment.
For starters, having trolleys and forklifts for lifting and loading can turn hours of work into minutes. Depending on the type of products you store in your warehouse, your choice of trolleys and forklifts can vary. For instance, if you want more maneuverability and less stress, an aluminium trolley is an ideal choice. On the other hand, if you’re dealing with heavy items, you might want to go with a stainless steel one.
The reason why stainless steel and aluminium trolley are the ones I specifically mention, is because of their durability, rust and corrosion-resistant properties, and their longevity. If used correctly and if you don’t put more load on them than you’re supposed to, these pieces of equipment will last you for a very long time, ensuring things get done in an efficient and safe manner.
Forklifts have larger loading capacity than the trolleys, but you’ll need more space to maneuver them around the warehouse. They’re quite easy to maintain, just like the trolleys and they increase the safety in the warehouse. The reason I say this is, because without them employees had to use pulleys, cables, ropes and other systems to move and lift loads, which were unsafe.
Nowadays, there’s a plethora of options when it comes to trolleys and forklifts. You can determine which ones are right for you by understanding what you need, and how you can incorporate them in your warehouse. For example, you can’t use a forklift if your shelves aren’t accessible from the sides for the forklift to reach the products on them.
Warehouses are much more complex than they seem, the key to successfully operating a warehouse is to put a clever shelving and loading system into use, and keeping your employees happy and safe. Automatically, you’ll get increased productivity, thus increased revenue. Win-win for everyone!