Storage organization refers to the planned structure of tasks and work processes in a warehouse environment. The definition of employee roles and responsibilities, along with designing a layout and process chain for storing and retrieving goods and items, are important elements of storage organization.
Equipping the warehouse with various kinds of shelves and conveyor systems is a key aspect – as is the question of how goods should be put into storage and then retrieved later when needed. In large enterprises automated storage systems are installed in the warehouse in order to increase efficiency while reducing costs and workloads at the same time. Automated solutions support fully automated storage scenarios supported by warehouse management software – these software applications send commands to a mechanical retrieval device in the storage solution and request that specific items be transported to the order fulfillment station. The process for putting items back into stock is based on the same principle.
The size of a business enterprise, along with its specific requirements and processes, determines just how comprehensive storage organization must be. Storage is closely linked to the ERP system. The goal is to always ensure optimal utilization of storage capacity while keeping costs as low as possible – not to mention that throughput time must also be reduced to a minimum.
Storage equipment: Planning for efficiency and cost-effectiveness
Intelligent storage and warehouse planning is key to optimal performance. A holistic plan takes both business aspects and technical matters into account. The number and size of items in storage also play an important role in the planning phase, as do the average and maximum stock quantities of each item, the average number of shipments per day, plus the average and peak number of items included in each shipment. The rate or number of returned items must also be taken into account.
Automated storage systems make the entire storage and warehouse environment more efficient. Storage areas are optimally utilized, saving both time and space. Intralogistics processes and workflows are optimized, resulting in much higher performance. Intelligent software concepts also contribute to optimized storage organization and efficient intralogistics.