Kamino a logistics company based in Altrincham merged with a similar company in Stockport and were looking to consolidate their warehousing operations. They contacted various new and used racking suppliers. All offered a solution that met their requirements although they all offered a significant quantity of new or newly supplied used racking. Each supplier was looking to maximize the storage capacity but no one really looked at what they really needed. We started from scratch and researched what they really needed which was to just accommodate the same amount of storage capacity but within one warehouse.
As all the pallets were currently stored on pallet racking we asked the question why they should buy any new racking at all. Beware it is stating the obvious but racking suppliers ourselves included want to sell new racking salesman are targeted based on racking sales. We are different and do not incentivise our staff based on sales volume and we encourage our staff to come up with the right solution because then the customer will come back again.
Using this philosophy we thought that if they could not fit it into the new warehouse then obviously this warehouse was not big enough no matter how much new racking they bought. Initially it was thought that the only solution was a bendi or flexi truck. The time scale was short so after having an initial discussion on the phone a meeting the next day was set up. Further meetings were held everyday for about a week. It became apparent that the solution was simple yet would be difficult to execute. Over the two sites it became apparent that there was enough racking but that the maximum height of the building was not being used to its maximum. After checking the racking manufacturers technical data it was suggested that it would be possible to add to the height of the uprights. Other suggestions included switching the racking through 90 degrees and moving a two tier structure. This had the desired effect and work commenced the following week and the cost was about half the original best solution.