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REPORT: Storage & Racking in retail - Multi-tier

by ASC Staff on Jan 7, 2018


Multi-tier racking is the best fit for retailers with products of different shapes and sizes, as it enables the best compromise between volume utilisation and speed of picking.
Multi-tier racking is the best fit for retailers with products of different shapes and sizes, as it enables the best compromise between volume utilisation and speed of picking.

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There are a wide range of storage solutions available for your warehouse and they’re the key part of the warehouse that make it economically viable in terms of volume and through flow.

The basic concept of a warehouse was pioneered by the Roman Empire and in the centuries since, the base model has remained unchanged. It is still a large rectangular building filled with goods that cater to the needs of a particular product.

They’ve gotten bigger yes, and a lot more goods can be stored on a per cubic metre basis, and that’s principally because of the advancements made in racking design in the 20th century.

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Warehouse volume utilisation has increased exponentially over the last several decades because of it. “There are various racking designs to provide the optimum space utilisation and the greatest number of pallet positions. Space is money, especially in the UAE, so optimal design is extremely important,” says Kannan Chandrasekaran, divisional sales manager, UAE, Kanoo Machinery, which provides complete warehouse operations packages.

Space is money, that is the most important issue for any warehouse operator and it has to be matched to the needs of the warehouse (an e-com platform for example will need storage bins rather than pallets, an FMCG 3PL will need selective racking for palletised goods etc). It’s in the grey area between the need to maximise volume, while enabling efficient through flow of goods, that the right racking solution comes into its own because it minimises the degree to which operators have to compromise.

“The main challenge for every project is to provide an efficient design that not only maximizes the storage capacity of the available space but also offers the best operational flow. The storage compartments must be a good fit for the products’ size, weight and quantity,” explains Chandrasekaran.

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