Keeping your pallet shipments organized is sometimes a hassle for many businesses, so here are some of our expert tips to keep in mind!
Organization is key for every business no matter what industry you’re in, and all of us at The Pallet Guys understand how our clients sometimes could use some support when it comes to organizing full truckloads of pallets and products.
Everyone wants their inventory to be seamless to find and prepared for shipments to customers, which often requires frequent upkeep and de-cluttering. Below we’ll be providing some expert tips when it comes to organizing the pallets at your facility!
Tips For Organizing Your Pallets
The following are some tips to keep in mind when you’re trying to organize your truckloads of pallets:
1. Break Down Your Excess Pallet Supply
A lot of companies won’t necessarily be keeping their products on pallets, which means you’ll likely want to unpack your shipments as quickly as you can. It’s also important to keep in mind that the amount of space your facility will need does depend upon the specific products you’re stocking.
When you break down your excess pallet supply, you can always send those materials back to The Pallet Guys because we see true value in these materials for our recycled and used pallet inventory.
2. Catalog and Itemize Everything
The first thing you should do with every shipment you receive is simply ensure that everything has arrived as it was intended to. This includes checking the overall quantity and quality of every shipment.
Another tip we can’t stress enough is labeling everything. You can always have multiple labeling methods, but having everything labeled will help you to better know where everything must go to keep your facility as cohesive as possible. There’s no need to risk inventory mismatching and risking incorrect orders, which could potentially lead to unsatisfied customers!
3. Categorize Your Inventory
There are many instances in which your pallets will have mixed goods coinciding within multiple categories. This can sometimes make things a bit confusing without comprehensive organization strategies.
That’s why once you’ve broken down your pallets, you’ll want to categorize your inventory as much as possible through factors like condition, category, SKU and other differentiations.
4. Install Shelving & Racks
A standard truckload will provide around 26 pallets of merchandise, and in some scenarios you’ll be able to obtain more. This subsequently means that maximizing your facility’s storage is absolutely critical for your long-term success.
Whether your business operates out of a large warehouse building or even with an at-home operation, it’s always a wise investment to install shelving and racks where applicable. Storage bins with proper labeling are also a good idea for many businesses, but you should just be careful when stacking these types of boxes because you can put too much stress on the lowest boxes!
5. Separate Unsellable Inventory
If you have products within your facility that you simply won’t be able to sell, then you shouldn’t let these products take up your valuable space. It’s always a major hassle for any company to sift through non-functioning and functioning inventory, which is why separating your unsellable inventory is incredibly important.
It’s possible that you can find someone who will take this type of non-functioning inventory for parts, so you’re not always at a complete loss in this scenario.
6. Storage Space Investments
Storage units will range in many different sizes, but your business can undoubtedly rent a unit according to the overall amount of inventory you have. It’s also possible that you could rent warehouse space for your storage needs, which will help when it comes to receiving, packaging and shipping orders as well.
The important thing to keep in mind with this tip is that you’re going to need to invest in a space that works well for you, your employees and carrier teams. Factors like insurance, a loading dock, climate-controlled temperatures, business operation accessibility and much more should be considered when you’re investing in storage space.
7. Invest In Your Company’s Floor Plan
You should always be very diligent when it comes to your facility’s floor plan, because making the most out of your space will better allow for your business operations to be as efficient as possible. Inventory management and warehouse layout always go hand in hand, which is why you’ll want to pay very close attention to specific details while you’re purchasing and revamping warehouse space.
You’ll want to make sure your facility has space for the following:
- Office area
8. Regularly Review Your Company’s Inventory
Lastly, it’s always incredibly important to thoroughly review your overall inventory and perform checkups on your equipment to simply ensure that everything is as it should be. We all know too well how quickly things can become disorganized within a warehouse setting, particularly when you’re very busy with surges of orders.
When you do these regular reviews, you’ll provide yourself the time to spruce things up and restock materials that are running low. You can also identify any type of slow-moving inventory within your company’s operations to figure out how you can improve your efficiency with future orders.
Reach Out To The Pallet Guys To Learn More About Organizing Your Pallets And Inventory
The Pallet Guys are always here for you and your business when it comes to obtaining high-quality wood pallets and crates to support your company’s logistical needs, and our total pallet management programs will go a very long way in supporting the entirety of your business operations, including organization.
Reach out to us online or call us at 832-895-7555 to speak with our specialists today about making the most out of your pallet storage and organization!