There probably isn’t a warehouse in the world that won’t have to eventually face the prospect of installing new pallet rack shelving. Even with the best warehouse optimization from our warehouse consultants, you may simply need to install new shelves to handle your inventory. As your warehouse grows and changes, you’ll be forced to evaluate your warehouse’s needs on a regular basis. When your shelving capacity no longer meets the demand, it’s time to add on. The installation of new pallet rack shelving shouldn’t be a stressful event, though, and with the right preparation, you can get your warehouse ready for a smooth installation process. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team has helped countless customers across the United States find and install the right pallet racking for their warehouse. Thanks to our experience, we have some tips that can help make it easier on you!
Steps to Get Your Warehouse Ready for New Shelving
Know what kind of shelving you need.
Not all pallet rack shelving is made equal. There are a variety of different brands and models, not to mention a world of different attachment systems. If you can, it’s nice to get pallet racking that uses the same system as your old racking. This way you can join the two systems up to create more cohesive systems and prevent wasted space between shelves. This will help you properly optimize your layout.
If you already know what kind of system you are using, just contact the DAK Equipment team. We’ll help you find a system that matches yours or works together with it. If you don’t know what system you are using, no problem! Just take a look at your shelving and take a couple pictures of the joints on your phone. You can email those photos to your DAK warehouse consultant so they can help you find a system that will easily integrate.
Make a plan about what’s moving and where it’s going.
Once you’ve found the right pallet racking, decide how you are going to fill it. You’ll want to keep in mind safety precautions like properly loading your racking to prevent accidents. New shelving often creates a major reorganization project in your warehouse, but that isn’t necessarily something you should avoid. If it’s time to expand your shelving, it’s probably time to rethink how you are using your shelving in the first place. Create a diagram of where inventory is going and lay out each shelf. Think about what’s going to work best for your workflow, placing items that are frequently ordered closer to the pick and pack teams. Move seldom-used items or seasonal inventory to the back of the warehouse or up to higher shelves. Taking these extra steps to sort your inventory before you get your new shelving can help you delegate a lot of the moving tasks to your team so you can get the job done faster. Plus, you’ll have a detailed diagram of where everything should be, which is handy for inventory counting as well.
Clean up and prep for installation day.
Once you’ve ordered your new pallet racking from DAK Equipment & Engineering, make time to prepare for the installation. Make sure the area where your new racking is being installed is clean and clear of debris. This will help the installation team work more quickly to get your new racking in place. If you decide to install the pallet shelving yourself, this prep work can help your team get back to work sooner. If you have a professional team handle the installation, such as the DAK team, then they will be able to work more efficiently and the installation may end up costing you less money.
We Can Handle Your Pallet Racking Installation Work For You
Dak Equipment & Engineering offers installation services that can help get your pallet racking installed safely and quickly. You won’t have to drain your internal resources to do it for you and your team can continue to focus on their work. If you are in need of new pallet rack shelving, talk to a warehouse consultant at DAK Equipment & Engineering today. We’ll help you find the shelving you need and get it installed in no time. Call us or contact us through our website today.