60% of warehouses are now used by retailers, with food production and pharmaceutical industries storing extra supplies ahead of Brexit (Via BBC). Such pressures have directly contributed to a near doubling in demand for storage space, especially in the past year. As the UK gears up for Brexit and the crunch for capacity surges, considering your next plan of action is essential. Our 3 key points provide a rundown of why you may not need to relocate or buy more space and the most practical solution for you.
1st Benefit: Productivity Losses
One of the biggest points to consider is how you will keep your warehouse efficiently running during the transition phase. Every second counts with customers and jeopardising your operations could be a recipe for disaster. For example, ASOS minimised any disruption by keeping increasing storage capacity within their existing distribution centre.
2nd Benefit: Budget & Cost of Relocating
According to IBISWorld, the cost of industrial production facilities is anticipated to rise as consumers continue to spend. Rent prices are a discouraging factor for many businesses and purchasing additional premises can be very costly. Instead, companies such as Jaguar Land Rover have been able to boost their work performance by reconfiguring their existing space for additional storage.
3rd Benefit: Lack of Availability
As a result of the UK’s insatiable appetite for e-commerce and pressures to stockpile goods, the rate of available warehouses is gradually decreasing. Recent articles have shown premises are filling up as online retail sales boom and suppliers prepare for all possible contingencies in the build-up to Brexit (Via The Guardian). Such events have meant the market has become more competitive with relocating becoming a high-risk option.
- Assessing your existing space is the first stage in elevating your premises. Small changes such as creating room for racking can boost how much stock you are able to store and be the initial step in reducing costs.
- Maximising your interior structure with separate floors/rooms can be greatly beneficial in making your business more efficient. The addition of a new mezzanine floor could help optimise your vertical space for storage, stock control or employee workspace.
How Hi-Level Can Help
Our mezzanine floors are uniquely designed to be a practical addition to any business premises. Their robust configuration can take extremely high point loads and can be used for holding conveyor systems, heavy-duty machines or automation systems. Regardless of the size of your project, our floors provide the optimal solution for expanding production in your warehouse. Our expert project managers have assisted many leading companies in designing a mezzanine floor to drive new opportunities.
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