5 Tips for Storing Inventory

  • A close-up shot of a man making notes in front of a stack of boxes at a small business.
The good news is that your business is doing well. The bad news is that your storage area is a mess. One solution, of course, is to get more warehouse space. But you’re trying to keep your business lean and agile by keeping overhead low.

Happily, there are a few steps you can take to hold you over until the time is right to take on more space. Here are five inventory storage ideas.

1. Maximize Warehouse Organization with Signs and Labels

Try to think of your warehouse as a large big box store. Anyone who walks in can quickly look up at the signs and figure out where to go. Once they’ve located the right aisle, more signage and proper labeling helps them find exactly what they’re looking for. It should be exactly that easy for your employees to track down what they’re looking for.

2. Strategize Your Space

Time is money and even seconds add up. For that reason, products that move quickly should be located closer to the shipping area. Even better? Locate high-sellers between waist and shoulder height so that your employees can access them easily and quickly.

3. Give Your People Room to Work

We all know that it’s easier to avoid a fire than to put one out. Eliminate errors by giving your inventory management people enough room to get the job done.

4. Start and End the Day Poised for Success

Nobody wants to start the day by walking into a mess. You can make your business more efficient by keeping your space clean and organized. One way to do that is to stop processing orders 30 minutes before the end of the day. That leaves your crew time to tidy up, which will allow everyone to start the next business day at full speed.

5. Consider Self Storage Units for Business

It’s no wonder the number of self storage units in the United States has skyrocketed in the past two decades. They are an affordable and easy way to increase your space, without any long-term contract or commitment.

At StorageMart, we offer self storage units that are clean, well-lit, climate-controlled (if you need it) and available on a month-to-month basis. You get all the benefits of having more space without locking yourself into a commitment, allowing your business to thrive without the burden of increased overhead.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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