Tips for more efficient warehouse logistics

Tips for more efficient warehouse logistics

A well-organised warehouse design improves both the daily work of the warehouse staff and simplifies the handling of goods. With digital tools for stock management, you have control over which goods have the highest stock turnover and with the help of that information you can plan the build-up of the stock in an efficient way. A good inventory flow reduces the risk of delays and wrong deliveries and results in happier customers. 

Inventory, management and logistics

To effectively plan the purchase of goods, consider implementing a digital inventory control system. In order to satisfy the customers' wishes, you need to have the right products for the lowest possible cost at the same times as they are requested. Optimize inventory to increase turnover and prevent costly overstock.

When goods are loaded and unloaded frequently, a robust stock management system is essential for accurate stock tracking and efficient warehouse logistics. Smooth administration and systematic storage are of the utmost importance. The interior of the warehouse should be planned by using the knowledge you have from the logistical flow of goods.  Our expert tips can help create optimal warehouse conditions.

Person using platform trolley in warehouse aisle

Have the best sellers close at hand 

Efficient placement of high (and low) frequency goods is crucial for optimizing warehouse operations. Strategic accessibility to your top-selling products minimizes unnecessary time moving around the warehouse, enhancing productivity. Similar to organizing a kitchen, thoughtful planning can elevate the efficiency of storage and logistics systems. A place for everything and everything in its place – nowhere is this more applicable than in a warehouse. 

Pallet racking

Remember to keep some space free

When will your warehouse be full? To facilitate efficient handling of incoming goods, an ideal fill rate of 80-85% is recommended for the warehouse. This allows for ample temporary storage space during delivery peaks. Consistently operating at a lower fill rate can lead to increased operational challenges and costs. In such cases, options include optimizing existing floor space, expanding storage capacity with additional shelves and pallet racks, or relocating to a larger facility.

Person with picking trolley in stockroom

Update your fixtures and fittings regularly

Has the type of goods you work with changed? Is this change permanent? Then it's time to take action. You may need to make changes on an ongoing basis. The key to efficient warehouse management is to have fittings that are designed for the goods you store. If some of the goods you are stocking are small but are kept on shelves designed for other larger items, this means that you are storing a lot of fresh air, but the set up makes it impossible for you to increase your storage capacity. However, if you change the depth of the shelves to meet your new requirements, you can free up floor space for more shelving units and increase your capacity.

Another idea for getting more out of your warehouse is to take full advantage of the ceiling height and expand upwards. However, it's important to bear in mind that shelves that are very deep and very high make the products more difficult for your picking staff to reach. Fitting out your warehouse in the best way is a balancing act between maximising use of space and accessibility.

People in warehouse

Optimise working conditions for warehouse staff

Has your customer service team received an increasing number of complaints about incorrect picking and damaged goods recently? Then it's time to take a look at the working conditions of your warehouse staff because unnecessarily long journeys and complex picking routines can cause a lot of problems. If it becomes more difficult for people to do their jobs because of circumstances outside their control, it can often lead to stress. This type of stress can easily result in mistakes being made, which customers will see as poor quality and careless service.

The well-being of your employees can affect your entire business. By giving them the right working conditions to do a good job, you are investing in both quality and efficiency.

Close up of pallet racking
Birds' eye view of warehouse packing stations

The right equipment

What can you do to make work in the warehouse easier? It's all about being organised and saving time. The top priority is for every product to have a designated place on the shelves that is clearly marked and easy to find. It's also important to have well-equipped packing tables nearby to make packing easier. Remember to have plenty of workstations so that no one has to wait and waste time unnecessarily.

Appropriate trolleys and lifting equipment perform two functions: they make the work more efficient and provide an ergonomic work environment that reduces the risk of injuries.

It's also a good idea to have recycling stations in strategic positions. This means that discarded materials are recycled straight away without wasting time. The result is no litter or blockages in the aisles.

Warehouse interior featuring pallet racking and despatch area

Give your customers what they want

Are you sometimes forced to turn down business because the warehouse can't keep up with demand? Are your delivery times sometimes so long that your customers give up and go to another supplier? Then it's time to take action, reverse the trend and create a warehouse that can provide the level of service that your customers expect.

Regardless of whether you want to resolve a problem or are wondering which warehouse products can best meet your needs, our warehouse experts are here to help. Our aim is to find the best warehouse solution for you. No job is too big or too small. Give us a call and take the first step towards a well-designed warehouse solution that will satisfy both your customers and your employees.


Warehouse optimisation means that the goods in the warehouse match the customers' demand. The right goods, in the right quantity, at the right time.
The load must be secured at the front, back and sides to avoid accidents. 
A finished goods warehouse contains finished goods and merchandise.
A raw material inventory consists of raw materials and supplies at manufacturing companies.
If the warehouse is filled to 100%, flexibility and goods handling deteriorate. Aprrox 80–85% full is usually optimal.
Inventory turnover rate is a measure of how many times inventory is replaced by sales during a given time period. 
A warehouse inventory system is software that is used to simplify the warehouse and logistics operations of companies. It is also called WMS (Warehouse Management System).

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