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.