Everyone goes through a move at some point and knows how stressful it can be, so consider that stress is multiplied when doing a business relocation. A good warehouse removalist in Melbourne will take most of this stress away but it’s helpful to plan and be prepared in order to make your warehouse relocation as smooth as possible.
These days, your warehouse is a key component of your supply chain. No longer just a storage space, they need to be efficient, productive and cost effective. Your Melbourne warehouse relocation may be a disruptive force in your day-to-day business so the experts at ABR Relocations have collated some tips to help you.
Set Aside Time for Planning and Organisation
Most of your employees are already operating at full capacity so adding the warehouse relocation to their agenda can be a headache. Come together as a team to delegate tasks and draw up a plan for the relocation. Consider where the inventory will go after the move. Are you moving to a larger space or downsizing? This requires a lot of foresight and organisation but it will be beneficial to the team in the long run and make for a much easier Melbourne warehouse relocation.
Maintain Good Communication With Your Team
Make everyone aware of the upcoming warehouse relocation. As it’s a stressful experience, it’s important to know how this will affect the duties of each member of staff. Make sure all the vital points are covered, let everyone know the moving dates in advance and also their responsibilities on the day. It’s vital not to leave anything to the last minute as this could impact the move itself. Having everyone involved in your Melbourne warehouse removal means there’s less chance of anything or anyone being left behind.
Pallet Racking and Shelving
Another critical thing to consider is whether you’re installing new shelving or bringing the existing fittings? Do you need to move the stock separately or all together? For a smoother transition, ABR can perform a staged relocation – packing, dismantling racking/shelving and re-installation in your new premises so that you can be operational faster.
Try to be realistic with the delegated responsibilities and times required. It’s likely that you want your business to continue operations whilst the warehouse relocation takes place. This may not be possible but if you can identify a period of downtime in which to complete the move, this will minimise disruption to the everyday workings of your warehouse staff. Don’t assume that the move can be done along with peoples’ daily warehousing duties. Allocate project managers for the move as well as management resources on both sides of the move, ensuring that it all flows smoothly. Always allow buffer time in case of any unexpected issues that arrive (fit out delays etc.)
Before you start the huge job of moving your entire inventory, take stock and ensure everything is accounted for. It’s also a good time to remove anything no longer required – the last thing you want is to move old stock that won’t be used. Have a good clean out – it will reduce the time, money and energy used in your warehouse relocation.
The Right Equipment
A word with the experts will inform you on what specialist equipment is required for your Melbourne warehouse removal. It’s easy to think about large equipment like forklifts but not always obvious that other equipment may be required for safe dismantling or transport of hazardous or dangerous materials. A site inspection with your relocation expert will highlight the need for these items and ABR relocations offer this service on all warehouse moves.
ABR relocations have been specialising in warehouse removal in Melbourne for over 20 years. Call 03 9706 4008 to speak to one of our Move Managers now.