It’s Time to Start Thinking About Warehouse Management in 3D

2D warehouse management, Fishbowl BlogWarehouses have a huge amount of floor space to store items in. But you have probably also noticed that they have tall ceilings.

Take a look at the picture on the right. What do you notice? There’s a lot of unused space. Sure, the floor is covered with boxes, but what about all of the empty vertical space?

It’s time to start managing your warehouse in 3D, not just 2D.

Forklifts, pallets, and industrial-strength shelves let you store items high above the ground. You should still store fast-moving items on the floor so they’re easily accessible, but there’s no reason you can’t make use of the area on top, too.

By thinking in terms of vertical space as well as horizontal space, you can double, triple, or even quadruple the amount of inventory you can store in a single location.

For companies with long-lasting or highly customizable products, having a lot of spare parts and products on hand can be a cost-effective way to go. Many vendors offer volume discounts if you buy in bulk, so it can pay to order a lot at one time and then store the excess inventory up top in your warehouse.

The sky is the limit when you start managing your warehouse in three dimensions!

About Robert Lockard

Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks and small business. Fishbowl Inventory is the #1-requested inventory management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies. His favorite movies include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Fiddler on the Roof, Back to the Future and Lawrence of Arabia.
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