Have you considered how much money you spend every year stocking and retrieving pallets from you warehouse?
The cost of fork lift trucks and drivers is a sizable element of any warehouse operation but is often overlooked when it comes to deciding on the optimum racking solution.
It was certainly the case when we spoke to a large manufacturer in the food and drink sector when we were asked to quote for a drive in racking solution to help improve capacity in their warehouse facility.
After carrying out a site survey and looking at the best drive in racking design, we identified via a computer simulation that the average travel time required for a fork lift could cause issues to meet the demands of their distribution network.
This was an area which was already causing the company some concern and they could not afford to exacerbate this further.
We proposed an alternative solution to their warehouse design which featured a radio shuttle system which not only reduced their estimated travel times by approximately 56%.
By dramatically reducing the travel times, the solution enabled the company to review the number of forklifts required in the warehouse to fulfil their requirements.
As a direct consequence, the company could also review the staffing levels and allow them to redeploy resources to other areas in the business.
In addition, our radio shuttle racking solution was also able to increase the storage capacity by 44% within the same footprint, which meant that they could reduce their external storage requirements and costs by 100% – a massive saving on their annual warehouse expenditure.
Thistle Systems: Experts in radio shuttle racking solutions to maximise capacity and dramatically reduce operational costs