Need to add offices to an existing warehouse? Expand your distribution center? Renovate a manufacturing facility to meet new codes? All thriving businesses evolve — and as they do, so do their facilities. Century Construction works alongside your team to design a holistic solution for long-term performance. In Pinehurst, trust Century Construction to lead you through the process from initial design to final construction and everything in between.
If you’re looking to grow in 2019, have new products to sell, or wish to improve the agility of your shipping operation, consider maximizing your warehouse. If you’re a small or regional business, you might be used to keeping the warehouse close to the retail store, or close to where you’re headquartered. But as you grow and think nationally—or even globally—here are some tips to consider when expanding your warehouse network.
Identify the Needs (and Wants)
When it comes to picking real estate, even a new warehouse, the old saying still applies: Location, location, location! Think about anticipated throughput: receiving, storage, dispatch volumes, as well as the types of processes that will be performed in your warehouse facilities. Identify your opportunities for the future, then determine if this building fits your goals: Does your current address allow for growth in terms of receiving supplies and shipping out finished goods? Is it convenient for your retail stores or impressing clients?
If the answers are “yes”, adding on or reworking your existing space is a no brainer. Now it’s time to design the improvements.
FAST Plans For Your Business
According to LogisticsBureau.com, four significant elements come into play when designing or laying out any warehouse facility: distribution centers, general storage, mobile service centre, a manufacturing operation.
The four fundamental factors can be remembered by using the mnemonic FAST are:
- F-Flow- a logical sequence of operations within the warehouse where each activity is located as close as possible to that which precedes it and similarly, the function that follows it.
- A-Accessibility- These requirements for levels of accessibility must be achieved, especially in the pick face and fast moving stock holding areas
- S-space- When considering how to use warehouse space the maximum should be allocated to operational storage and stock processing purposes, while giving up the minimum of space necessary for associated functions such as offices, working areas, empty pallets storage, battery charging, etc.
- T- Throughput- Not only the categories of product passing through the warehouse, but also the nature of the product and its velocity through the flow. The velocity of the product will consider the volume that’s moving through the warehouse on each day.
Century Construction’s goal isn’t just to renovate your facility as your business evolves. It’s to build a long-term relationship with you, so we’re there to help you expand into the next phase of your evolution, too. Therefore Century specializes in tenant improvements, expansion and renovation. They understand the complex and challenging schedule requirements that this specialized work demands. The team of dedicated professionals has the experience and attention to detail needed to complete your project successfully.
Century Construction strives to create the best possible working environment for our clients, incorporating green building trends at every step.
The professionals at Century Construction Services are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the property. Century Construction Services is based in Magnolia and serves the greater Houston area.