Did you know that in the last decade the average size of warehouses in the United States has more than doubled? With the average new warehouse coming in at approximately 185,000 square feet and nearly 33-feet tall, warehouse managers have more room than ever to design and implement an effective racking system for inventory and storage.

While it’s important to decide on the layout of your warehouse, what type of industrial rack to use, and which storage system to operate, a lack of rack labeling will leave your strategy incomplete.

Rack labels are a little more than just labels to stick on racks. These labels typically feature a barcode that when scanned, captures relevant data such as the date, time, and location. When employees no longer have to manually write down this information, they are saving time and the chance for human error very slim.

Along with rack labeling and inventory control, we look at topics like:

  • Totem Rack Labeling: With warehouse ceilings on the rise, so are the height of shelves. This solution brings the rack labels from the hard-to-reach shelves down to ground level where it can easily be scanned.
  • Barcodes: As one of the main components of a rack label, knowing how barcoding works, the different codes available, and what information you can include is important.
  • Lean: Although rack labeling is not defined as a Lean manufacturing practice, it is a solid organizational system that puts your warehouse on the path to efficiency and can be used as a complementary system to Kanban.

A rack labeling system prevents bottlenecks, overproduction, and excess inventory while automating processes and allowing warehouse operators a better understanding of inventory. 

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Creating an Effective Warehouse Storage Numbering System with Barcodes

Creating an Effective Warehouse Storage Numbering System with Barcodes

To streamline operations and prevent waste, warehouses must be organized. An effective warehouse storage numbering system helps workers locate and pick items as quickly as possible.

Rack Labeling

Rack Labeling

A rack labeling system can vastly improve the efficiency of any warehouse. Barcodes and other rack labels enhance inventory management and allow workers to quickly find items.

Barcode Labeling

Barcode Labeling

Barcode labeling can help improve efficiency and overall accuracy when working with individual items. Learn how barcode labeling can help improve your business today.

Perpetual Inventory System

Perpetual Inventory System

Using a perpetual inventory system is a great way to keep track of inventory, ordering, and other related tasks in order to keep your business running efficiently.

Creating a Visual Workplace

Creating a Visual Workplace

Creating a visual workplace can help improve efficiency and reduce workplace injuries. Check out these tips for creating a visual workplace.

Lean Supplies

Lean Supplies

Learn what supplies and tools you can use to make Lean manufacturing efforts successful.

The 5S System [Lean Manufacturing Methodology]

The 5S System [Lean Manufacturing Methodology]

One of the most comprehensive pages you will find on 5S.


Rack Labeling Questions and Answers

What are the best way to label warehouse racks?

The best ways to label warehouse racking lies in the clarity of the location label. Location labels are what mark the place of an item that can be found by scanning a barcode, which then will give the scanner the precise location of the product to go find in the warehouse. How these warehouse locations are… 

What are some different rack labeling strategies?

There are numerous different routes that a business can take when considering implementing a rack labeling strategy to improve their inventory management program. Each strategy works to improve communication and reduce the number of human errors in its own way, whether that be communicating via frequency, concerning the warehouse layout, or visual communication in the… 

What is the best system to keep track of inventory?

There is no “best” way to keep track of inventory since all inventory management techniques have their merit as long as it works for the facility that has implemented it. However, there are a few best practices for rack labeling, since it is one of most popular inventory management options. These tips are helpful to… 

What type of barcodes are used for rack labeling?

The most common type of barcodes used for warehouse rack labeling are one dimensional barcodes, they are also known as Universal Product Codes, or UPC. One dimensional barcodes can be seen everywhere in stores on products and in warehouses where manual inventory management practices are necessary to be able to run production smoothly without any… 

What are bin location labels?

Warehouse bins are used in rack labeling schemes to manage and locate inventory quickly. Bins are at the end of the trail when employees are looking for a product needed for either a customer or one that will be used in the manufacturing process. Just like zones, aisles, racks, and shelves, bins also need to… 

Why is rack labeling important?

Organization is an important aspect of running a business whether it be an office with paperwork or an industrial warehouse that has thousands of products. However, the latter instance of warehousing will be more inclined to take the route of rack labeling to improve inventory management and overall organization. Benefits of Rack Labeling Warehouse organization is imperative… 

What are the differences between rack labels, bin labels, and shelf labels?

There are several parts that go into labeling an entire warehouse, specifically labeling inventory. When a warehouse is actively looking to implement a rack labeling system within their building, they must become familiar with the different areas that must be labeled—racks, shelves, and bins. These labeling opportunities allow for maximum inventory organization, with the man… 

What is a rack labeling system?

Rack labeling systems can be found just about anywhere but are most commonly seen in industrial warehouses. This type of organization tactic is a cost-effective and very simple way to control inventory within a warehouse. Implementing a rack labeling system is one of the most important things a business can do to maximize their rate… 

What are the benefits of implementing a warehouse rack labeling system?

Rack labeling is an excellent way to follow 5S principles in the workplace. By focusing on organization, this way of labeling is an essential component to efficiency and continuous improvement within any facility that manages a large number of items. There are numerous benefits that come with implementing a rack labeling system within a business… 

What supplies are needed for implementing a rack labeling system?

Rack labeling is an incredibly useful warehouse organizational tool and it only requires three components. Labels – these can be standard peel and stick labels, magnetic, cold-storage, reflective, and even totem-rack labels. There are countless types of label material to choose from that fit the needs of any facility. An industrial label printer – An… 

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