The design of a warehouse location map and the subsequent location labelling specification can be one of the most confusing and labour intensive aspects of any warehouse design project.
The cost of a location labelling solution can make up a fraction of a total project budget. Yet any mistakes made during the location labelling decision-making process has the potential to have disastrous consequences for the project, and the future success of the operation.
There are many factors and variants to consider when designing a warehouse location system. It is absolutely vital to the success of the project implementation that full consideration and evaluation is given to each element of the solution.
- Flexibility – any location system must be future proofed against any changes or growth within a facility or organisation.
- Adaptability – the solution should be transposable across all storage equipment types, multiple operational disciplines, sites, states and countries.
- Logic – the potential location system must be simple, and wherever possible deliver an instantaneous comprehension of the sequencing format across a facility and organisation.
- Visibility – consideration must be given to positioning, fonts, sizes and colour contrast values between text and substrates.
- Accessiblity– any barcode or system information must be presented at the point needed, whether this be during picking, put away, stock taking and during any additional operational tasks.
- Scan-able – barcodes must perform to the highest measurable international standards to assist in maximising operational performance.
- Compatablity – any system must be able to interface with any current and potential IT systems and processes that may be used.
- Durability – products must be resistant to the rigours of the modern distribution facility and any environmental factors that it may be subjected to.
- Removable? – an ability to remove and if necessary reposition products should be a key feature of most location labelling solutions whenever practicable.
- Maintainable – maintenance of the system should be simple, quick and cost effective, meaning that any operation should be provided with a capability to replace location labels instantly, and at practically no cost
These questions are a small sample of the issues that need to be properly evaluated when considering the perfect location labelling system. These factors when properly addressed make a significant contribution towards ensuring our customers achieve a maximum return on their investment. This is both in terms of the location system and the wider project as a whole.