Distribution Center Layout

Your warehouse or distribution center layout greatly affects the performance of your business. In fact, without a properly configured warehouse layout, you could face capacity issues and even a decrease in productivity. Follow these tips to maximize efficiency and minimize accidents.

Warehouse/Distribution Center Layout Tips

 Distribution Center Layout Map

While creating a layout for your warehouse or distribution center is a big task, it doesn't have to be complicated. These three tips can help you navigate the process of laying out your warehouse and make the most out of your space.

  1. Make your layout flexible – You never know how your business is going to change in the future, but by designing a distribution center layout that is flexible, you can ensure your facilities are ready for anything that comes their way. 
  2. Avoid overcrowding – While you might think it's more efficient to cram as many pallet racks into your warehouse as possible, this approach can often cause more harm than good. You can improve your efficiency by reducing the amount of shelving units you have and by creating traffic lanes to avoid congestion. 
  3. Plan for wear and tear – While you can take measures to prevent damage to your warehouse equipment, you can't completely eliminate normal wear and tear. When planning your warehouse layout, make sure you purchase durable racking or shelving first. Then you can plan around the size of your shelving. 

How McCue Can Help

McCue Distribution Center Layout

When it comes to maximizing distribution center efficiency, McCue has the material handling asset protection solutions you need to get the job done.

Our Crash Barriers are perfect for defining aisles and traffic lanes. Our Pedestrian Barriers surround areas where your employees are working, protecting them from forklifts and other heavy machinery. And our Rack End Protectors and Rack Mounted Guards keep your racking and shelving safe from impacts.

All of our products are easy to install, easy to relocate and require no maintenance. A McCue warehouse is a flexible warehouse—it's simple to tweak your distribution center layout whenever necessary.

And we're with you every step of the way, from initial assessment all the way through to ongoing customer support. Our experts will study your facility's equipment and traffic patterns to determine which McCue solutions are right for you. We'll then draw up a custom blueprint—a "McCue Print"—that shows you where we should place the products.

Here's a sample McCue Print:

Cropped McCue Blueprint

Contact us to learn more about our products today. 

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Sources:

F. Curtis Barry & Company: http://www.fcbco.com/blog/warehouse-layout-design-principles
Supply Chain Digital: http://www.supplychaindigital.com/warehousing/1951/Ten-tips-on-setting-up-a-warehouse-in-2014-by-Snapfulfil

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