Working with the right stockroom shelving offers many benefits when it comes to handling inventory. Unfortunately, not all storage managers have heavy-duty long span shelving solutions that match their needs. This is especially the case for pharmacy and retail stockrooms where space is at a premium.
To have a well-organised stockroom, there are three basic principles of shelving to consider. These will help hold your inventory in your limited space while making it easy to find and keep track of everything.
Your shelving system should fit your space
The size and construction of your shelving system will depend on the area and inventory you are working with. Standard stockroom shelving is usually made of metal, wire or plastic. It can support a variety of weight limits depending on its durability.
You can also go vertical by raising shelving unit heights to reduce crowding the floor area and maximise storage.
It should be customisable to keep up with varying storage needs
Modular storage systems grow as you do. In a pharmacy setting, for example, you can configure an array of pegs, bins and trays in multiple ways to meet the changing needs of the store. There are also solutions recommended for sterile mixing environments.
Retail stores can also benefit from the same mix of small and large shelving units.
The system should make it easy to track and secure current inventory
Regardless of the type of shelving you use, the system should never make it more complicated to track stocks. Inventory should be easy-to-access and readily visible for counting and rotating. You can also combine specialised lockers into the structure to secure valuable retail items.
These principles apply to all stockrooms, vast or small. Finding the right solutions is key to having a flexible and long-lasting storage system to keep precious inventory safe and accounted for.