Warehouse design and reconfiguration
Whether you are building a new warehouse or want to reconfigure an existing one, our warehouse design services provide an analytical approach that reveals the optimal size, layout, storage and handling equipment for your business.
We analyse your sales, looking at your order line history, to assess in terms of quantity and value the amount of product picked per day and week. This evaluation ascertains the best design for your warehouse: how much product to store, what size the warehouse should be, the ideal configuration and layout of storage, receiving and packing areas, the size and height of your racking, what storage solutions to use, and which picking and distribution facilities to choose.
We can also factor in future plans, such as new marketing campaigns, or a new product range or target market.
Process design, practises and workflows
There are many processes that go on within a warehouse: goods receiving, quality inspection, putaway, replenishment, inventory management, waving, picking, shipping, cycle counts and stock takes. If any one of these processes can be improved, you could make your entire operation far more efficient.
For example, if you’re checking each order but only rarely encounter a mistake, then it is probably a better use of resource to only undertake spot checks. Or perhaps a different picking strategy would increase productivity, or maybe your stock could be arranged in a different layout that would facilitate the picking of a larger proportion of your orders.
Balloon One’s warehouse efficiency consultants undertake a process analysis to ascertain what could be improved, and produce a process map for optimised handling practices and workflows.
KPI development and performance management
What targets do you set for your warehouse activities? Are they the right targets?
Balloon One can advise you on your performance measures, and help you to set the most applicable KPIs for your facility, thus allowing you to benchmark and appraise the overall success of your warehouse.
Materials Handling Systems Designs
Material handling equipment (MHE) is very expensive, so you don’t want to buy kit only to find it doesn’t quite suit your needs.
Our experienced warehouse logistics consultants can design and develop systems that fulfil your operational requirements, recommending the most suitable material handling systems for your business. Not only can we advise on mechanical and electrical items, like forklift trucks, pump trucks, trolleys, weighing machines, and conveyors, but we can also recommend alternative warehouse storage equipment.
You might gain better efficiency from redesigned picking trolleys, for example, either by segregating the orders or by facilitating more orders per truck. Whatever solution is the most effective for your business, Balloon One’s warehouse management consulting service can help you to identify and implement the best strategy.
Demand forecasting and inventory optimisation
Every director in charge of a warehousing operation knows the importance of balancing the cost of inventory with product availability. You want to reduce the costs of stock you hold, but be able to fulfil customer orders. That’s why demand forecasting is such a key consideration in determining the profitability of a distribution business.
Our logistics consulting team will provide you with a detailed analysis which can be used to predict demand forecast. Looking at your stock and sales history, we can show you where you’re over or understocked and provide you with more accurate forecasts that model your projected stock requirements based on historical demand.
WMS operational requirements
If you’re specifying for a new warehouse management system, our extremely capably warehouse logistics consultants can help you to refine and detail your needs.
Essentially producing an invitation to tender (ITT) document, we undertake a detailed requirements gathering process that covers what functionality you need from your software and the associated peripherals.
In addition to the basic technical, software requirements specification, we include other elements that are tailored to your operation, such as whether the system needs to incorporate barcode scanning and label printing, quarantining of stock, and so on.
Many businesses spend thousands on creating a technical specification, only to have an IT provider question many of the requirements. With our expertise in deploying warehouse IT solutions, we already understand the needs of your business and can apply that expertise upfront, saving you both time and a considerable amount of money.