IWS West, Inc has designed and installed nearly every storage system available. Thus, we understand which design best supports overall throughput oppose to one that creates a negative effect for your facility. As labor and space costs continue to rise, it’s never been more important to understand the features, benefits and pitfalls of a warehouse designs and systems. IWS West, Inc can evaluate your facility to see how a modern design can have a positive effect on your overall warehouse operation. Select features of our evaluation include:
Design that creates a location for each product that is sized and located for its demand. This design insures orders are picked, processed and shipped at the utmost efficiency.
Design consideration that understands and controls the replenishment in the overstock location and picking locations that best manages space and labor cost. Inventory levels for the respective locations and their products are assessed.
This is the silent killer in labor cost. Studies have shown that on average 60% of the time an employee is picking orders they are traveling. If they are also wasting time searching for product, this percentage goes even higher. Our designs minimize travel so your employees are spending more of their time pulling and processing orders.
With the cost of space on the rise and the availability at an all-time low, it’s critical that companies are maximizing their available warehouse space. There are many new storage technologies and material handling equipment on the market that can assist in utilizing more warehouse space. They do come at a premium price, and are heavily scrutinized by the cities. In addition to providing multiple warehouse designs, we also offer cost comparisons of each system so that our customers can understand the cost of the equipment and its impact on their operational cost.
Nearly every city has multiple departments that will need to review and approve the storage system going into your facility. Typically, the denser the storage system, the more each department will scrutinize that system. We utilize structural and fire engineers to ensure your system will pass all local, state and federal codes, so to avoid surprises during plan check.
Holding cost (also referred to as carrying cost) goes to the heart of every storage solution. When properly used, the right storage system will save a facility millions over a 5 to 10 year period. The same can be true for losing money if the wrong systems, processes, and building are used. This is because each of these components have a different effect on your space utilization, pick times, replenishment rates and travel cost. Using holding cost as a base gives our customers a true ROI on a storage system.