Questions to Ask Before Planning a New DC

July 10, 2018 11:02 pm

Whether business is expanding or ramping up, opening a new distribution center is exciting. You’ve probably looked at a variety of other places and know what will work for you and what won’t. You’ve retained the services of a professional consulting firm. But, before making a final determination, there are some questions you’ll need to ask about your new distribution center including the kinds of industrial steel shelving you’re going to incorporate:

Is everyone on the same page?
When it comes to planning, designing, and building a distribution center or warehouse, you’ll need more than just an architect and a general contractor. The input from these people is very valuable and helpful, yet you’ll also need to talk to people from operations, IT, and finance. Ensuring that your business runs smoothly and efficiently takes the entire team. That’s why it’s important to have everyone involved in the planning process and give them a say in how the distribution center should be set up.

What current processes exist in your distribution center?
While you may or may not incorporate the current processes into the new place, they will at least give you somewhere to start when planning the space and adding industrial storage racks. Looking at the current processes will also give you an idea of what new ones you can incorporate so the new center is more efficient.

Are you hoping the business will change in the next 5-10 years?
Knowing whether or not the business will change in the next few years will ensure that you build a distribution center that isn’t out of date the moment it opens the doors. While you may not be able to predict every possible change, having your strategic moves in mind and planning around those is beneficial.

Is the facility flexible?
No one can plan for every possible scenario that may exist in their business. Having a facility that is flexible will help you face and overcome these challenges as they arise. Whether it involves commercial steel shelving or robotic technology, being flexible and making changes where necessary will ensure success. If you’re ready to make plans for a new distribution center and want to talk to some professionals on doing it right, contact WPSS. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

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