Finding enough space for your industrial warehouse or distribution center is never an easy task. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got an average of 600,000 square feet or more on-site. This blog will identify 3 helpful tips to maximize your floor space. Most of the battle is finding ways to maximize your capacity while remaining budget-friendly.

Your organization may jump into plans for expansion or a renovation, but remember we’re airing on the side of caution with our expenses. For anyone in the business world, we know that expansion leads to excessive spending and you’re most likely at the mercy of the construction group’s timeline, not your own. Instead of considering a major build-out, let’s find some ways to better utilize the space you have and think vertically.

Here are some primary reasons why you’ve outgrown your distribution center:

In-demand items: These hot products are difficult to keep in stock and continually take up your space intended for other products.

Obsolete Inventory: Now more than ever we face the issue of products within the same line phasing out and becoming dead inventory.

Inventory Deal: There was an offer that your organization couldn’t refuse and now you’ve got a surplus of it, putting you in yet another storage dilemma.

Archived files and records: Many industries have dealt with the struggle from paper to digital archives and due to financial compliance, you can’t yet part with these items and they’ve got to be stored somewhere. Guess where that might be? Your distribution floor space.

Overcapacity is a disaster waiting to happen. According to “A small warehouse that has run out of inventory space can have a host of problems including longer retrieval times for misplaced parts, increased risk of employee injury due to heavy lifting and bending for improperly stored inventory, decreased productivity, and more.”