Things to Consider When Selecting Business Storage Products

Things to Consider When Selecting Business Storage Products
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    Businesses of all shapes and sizes need to have some kind of physical storage space on their premises no matter what industry they operate in.

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It’s not quite as simple as just picking some shelving units, though. Read on for our tips to finding the best storage solution for your organisation.

1. Functionality Should be Top of the List

The first thing to consider when you’re buying any storage product for your company is its practicality. Will it fit in with your premises? Does it have the capacity to store what you need it to? Can your staff access the items stored in it easily?

You should ask yourself all of the above questions and if the answer is no to any of them, then it’s probably not the right option for you. We’ll take shelving as an example. In a retail setting, you need to consider whether it’s going to be used in the store itself or in an area that’s off limits to the public, like a stockroom. If it’s the former, you need to make sure it’s aesthetically pleasing and suits the decor in your outlet. In the latter, it can be more basic in design and will probably need to be able to hold greater weights.

In a garage, meanwhile, you’ll want robust shelving that can stand up to a lot of use and hold heavy components. Industrial storage products are therefore a better option, as some of these shelving units can carry up to 400 kg per shelf, and that are designed to take all that a busy working environment can throw at them.

2. How Much Space Does It Take Up?

Once you’ve decided what kind of shelving unit you need, you’ll have to work out how much space you’ve got to fit it in. It may be that you’re just starting up a new business, in which case it could be sensible to opt for a product that can be easily added to as your firm grows.

Should you be designing a storage solution from scratch, it’s advisable to draw out a basic plan of the room you’ll be putting the units in. If you’re expanding your existing storage, make sure you measure your units – and the space you have for your new ones – before you start searching for extra products. This will save you time as you can eliminate items that don’t fit into the dimensions you’re looking for.

3. How High Is It?

While it can be tempting to make use of all the vertical space in your office/stockroom/garage/warehouse, it isn’t always practical to do so. You need to work out how often your staff need to access the items that will be kept on the uppermost shelves and whether it is easy – and safe – for them to do so. Of course, in a warehouse setting you will more than likely have pallet racking rather than standard storage. But in a stockroom, you need to consider how you’ll ensure your employees can reach the things stored at the top of the unit, such as by providing a stepladder.

In offices and garages, meanwhile, you may decide it is more practical to keep the shelving units at a lower level, thereby ensuring everything is accessible at all times. In a setting like a garage, where you will often be storing heavy, large items, this can be particularly important as it means you never have to worry about lifting big things up or down from high shelves.

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