Anyone who has ever been in charge of moving a warehouse knows how much organisational skill is needed for such a complex operation. It is definitely a huge job, and if you are not in full control from the beginning, you will likely end up overwhelmed and frustrated, not to mention the stress that goes with an impending failure. Luckily, there are people who have done this and are eager to share their experience and advice. Read through the points mentioned in this guide and see which ones you can apply.
Exploit existing resources
In many aspects, moving a warehouse is similar to normal warehouse operations, just on a much bigger scale. Considering this, you will need the resources that are normally used in the warehouse, like safety wear, pallets, shelving, forklifts and communication means like two-way radios. Maximising the effectiveness of the existing equipment can save you both time and money.
Check current inventory
Perform a detailed check of the current warehouse inventory and make sure everything is in the right place. Trying to locate something the moment it needs to be moved to another location can bring your work to a stall and waste precious time. Remember that your business will be on standby until the warehouse is moved to the new location. Unless everything is in its place, there is a good chance it will be misplaced in the new warehouse, as well.
Provide moving supplies
For some warehouses, the most of the heavy lifting will consist of loading pallets and ferrying them from one building to another. For others, it will involve a significant amount of packing. Before you start, make sure you have a list of the moving supplies you might need. The ones that are often forgotten include aisle marking tape, wardrobe bars, pallet wrap, anti-slip tape, blankets and surface protection films.
While some companies just tell their employees where to show up for work tomorrow, other employers choose to include them in the moving teams, each member with a different responsibility. If you need to move the warehouse a significant distance, make sure you provide moving expenses for your employees as well. Regular meetings and reference material will keep them informed of what lies ahead.
Wrap up the offices
In case your warehouse also contains an office space, assign a separate team to be in charge of packing that area. If there are several offices, a good strategy would be to put everyone in charge of their own office, or at least their personal items.
There is a long list of companies that specialise in home removals, but you cannot hire just any of them to handle moving your warehouse. Ask for a moving company with a ton of experience (pun intended) in this area. Read through reviews, get quotes, pick one and schedule the move. For instance, with a team of 45 experienced professionals and over 20 trucks at their disposal, these removalists operating in Penrith can move whole floors of stock for you all at once.
Leave room for changes
Aside from relocating your stock and warehouse infrastructure, there are changes to be made at the new place. You’ll need to have your utilities, computer network, waste removal and other communal services re-routed to your new location. Notify all the companies you are doing business with of your new address. In order to make the transition easier, you might want to receive lighter deliveries for a week or two following the move.
Relocating a warehouse is a serious operation. Making lists for every part of the move will help you keep the things in order. If you opt for a moving company, make sure to book them at least a week before.
Author Bio: If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home and office improvement projects and spread the word about them. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.