Even with an experienced team, fitting out a warehouse is no mean feat, with many variables coming into play, lots of different teams trying to work together in cohesion, and lots of money at risk if things go wrong!
For this reason, there are lots of things that could possibly go wrong, and when the slightest problem could set the entire project back, it’s important to know what you’re up against.
So with that in mind, here are five of the most common reasons why warehouse fit outs fail.
Overlooking the Small Details
It’s understandable that you might want to cut a couple of corners to make the job go that little bit quicker, it’s crucial that you don’t take any unnecessary risks and leave anything out.
It’s easy for the small details to feel insignificant in the grander scheme of things, but it’s important not to overlook them.
For example, you’d be surprised just how many people forget to include the heating and lighting in their plans, two vital components of the warehouse!
Having to go back later on to rectify things which you’ve left out can be an expensive nuisance.
Lack of Leadership
One of the most important people in the fit out is definitely the project manager, so it’s crucial that you get the right person for the job.
With lots of different teams working together, it’s important that you have a strong leader at the top of everything making sure that everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet.
If this leadership isn’t present, you’ll find that the project will become confused, with delays inevitable.
Lack of Scalability
No matter how good your warehouse is at the end of the project, it’s important to consider what your needs are going to be a couple of months or years down the line.
The majority of business are very changeable, with new stock lines and products coming in meaning that your warehouse will have to adapt.
What’s more, with any luck, your business will continue to grow, meaning your warehouse will need to expand, so it’s important to plan for this and allow yourself to adapt in time.
Again, this could be a costly error if you overlook it early on.
Too Many Cooks
Lots of warehouse projects often get bogged down by having multiple teams working together, with lots of potential for overlap and confusion.
The best way to combat this is to use a single team who can carry out everything that you need.
We spoke to Acorn Warehouse Solutions Ltd who said: “When you have a clear chain of command, it removes the possibility of confusion.
“When you have lots of companies all working together it can lead to squabbles and disagreements, all of which is a headache that you don’t need.”
Making Bad Use of Space
Space is the most important commodity in a warehouse, so use it wisely! Your design needs to make sure that your racking makes the best possible use of the space available so that you don’t find yourself with space you can’t do anything with.
Make sure to also consider space for things such as despatch areas, office space and pick and pack areas.
Check out this post from Startup Nation on how to make the most of your warehouse space.