For the first time in a long while, logistics professionals are having to totally rethink the efficiency of their warehouse design.
The coronavirus crisis has fuelled an industry-wide shakeup, with suppliers prioritising space and longevity like never before.
We spotted an interesting read in Multi Channel Merchant from earlier this year, which explored ways to improve warehouse efficiency and reduce costs. However, since then, the world has changed somewhat – along with warehousing priorities.
In this blog, we explore the trends we have seen over the past few months when it comes to fit-outs, plus how you can ensure your industrial space is designed to prioritise functionality.
Safety in space
Warehouse extensions aren’t always an option – be it money, time or space constraints.
That said, increasing space has become critical – not only to meet the demand for more storage, but because social distancing in the working environment is now the norm, and will be for the foreseeable future.
It has become a health and safety requirement to ensure industrial spaces are sizeable enough to remain efficient and operating at the optimum standard – while keeping workers protected.
Where extensions aren’t an option, construction professionals like ourselves need to provide clients with options that improve the pre-existing space, ensuring it is redesigned to make prime use of the available capacity.
Every detail, from flooring through to lighting, should be considered. At Ambrey Baker, we provide a full turnkey solution to save clients the hassle of working with multiple contractors.
This should include shelving, LED lighting, docking bay design, specialist floor and wall designs and fire protection innovations.
We already know the critical role that the latest technology plays when it comes to cold storage solutions. Technology should not only be the latest of its kind but where possible, multi-functional.
Quality electronic thermostats or controllers, for example, often integrate the compressor, evaporator fan and defrost heater.
These solutions can create energy efficiency and guarantee a stable internal temperature, which is vital when we’re thinking about longer-term storage of perishable goods.
State-of-the-art HVAC systems should be installed to support temperature control within facilities, as well as keeping spaces well ventilated for workers. In warehouses that serve as distribution centres, preventing humidity is critical to product lifespans.
UVC light technology is another element of cold storage design that has become a main consideration following the coronavirus.
UVC reduces microbial contamination of air and food surfaces within cold and chill stores and the refrigeration units. This means that products which are contaminated from external agents are restored quickly and effectively.
Essentially, when it comes to maximising storage space, suppliers need to think either bigger or smarter as we adjust to the ‘new normal’ in logistics.
For more information about how Ambrey Baker can support your fit-out, visit www.ambreybakerconstruction.co.uk/services/chilled-storage-fit-out/