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Rethinking You Warehouse Design? Consider This!

As a commercial or industrial warehouse owner, you are aware that your needs can change and vary based upon the challenges before you. Optimizing warehouse storage solutions are integral to running a tight ship in a fierce and competitive industry. To meet the challenges that are required of an industrial or commercial warehouse, we must optimize our warehouse for our experience.

When Should A Warehouse Get Redesigned

Warehouse operations are often long-term investments, so we must make sure that they are primed to meet our long-term goals. When it comes time to consider a warehouse redesign with Arizona’s leading warehouse outfitters, we must first ask and answer a few questions.

First, let’s take a look at a few common reasons for modifying the layout of a warehouse.

  • Inadequate Safety Practices — Warehouses are beholden to considerable safety practices and regulations. If a company is falling short in this area, a redesign may be necessary not just for efficiency, but also for the safety of everyone around.
  • Additional Storage Requirements — Some companies will vary their supply needs based on the ebb and flow of the season. Additional outside factors may suggest the need for additional storage, such as booming sales or a new marketing campaign.  Also, if your aisles and pallets are already filling up, you might need be space anyway.
  • New Product Introduction — Whenever a new product is brought to market, the storage needs must be ready to accommodate it. If you are introducing a new line or series of products, consider prepping now with a warehouse redesign.
  • Introduction of New Equipment — New operational equipment can dramatically change the workspace requirements of an entire warehouse. The introduction of pallet racks, conveyors, or even heavy lifting tools may demand a larger footprint.

Key Advantages to an Optimized Warehouse Design

It is easy to see how an optimized warehouse redesign can positively benefit our operations. With that being said, this can also become a costly procedure.

There are advantages both financially and professionally that can arrive with an optimized warehouse layout, so let’s take a closer look at how KACO Outfitters can help.

  • Optimize Workflow and Company Logistics
  • Boost Current and Future Storage Space
  • Safer and More Employee Friendly Workspace
  • Reduce Expenses Due to Inefficient Storage Practices

Maximizing a warehouse for success not just today but tomorrow is the goal at KACO Warehouse Outfitters. To tackle any of the problems or solutions posed above, let’s get on the phone with professionals who can help.

Call KACO Warehouse Outfitters For A+ Stocking and Storage Solutions

For the better part of 30 years, KACO Warehouse Outfitters has been supplying storage solutions to satisfied customers throughout the state of Arizona. With a focus on high-quality shelving and premium storage products, KACO Warehouse Outfitters is delighted to offer unbeatable prices and outstanding customer support to clients in need.

KACO Warehouse Outfitters stocks all supplies in its local warehouse to provide fast-acting customer service with in-house delivery, installation, and design operations. Schedule a free consultation today at KACO Outfitters!

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How the Coronavirus Changed Warehouse Management and Design

COVID-19 seemed to have come out of nowhere. In fact, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, warehouses were pressed to keep workers safe. They needed to stay open, but they needed to do it safely. In the beginning, no one knew how hard this pandemic would hit, but there was time to learn what worked and what didn’t work and warehouses are now better able to design a system that keeps inventory flowing and workers safe.

Warehouses across the country, including KACO Warehouse in Arizona, have had to rethink their business models to stop COVID-19 from spreading in the workplace. For example, warehouses have altered their design to accommodate social distancing. Without these measures, warehouses would not be able to stay open. Other ways warehouses are staying safe is by mask-wearing, temperature checks, and taking a fresh look at sick leave policies. This safety issue has been going on since March and since then, warehouses have implemented a number of safety precautions, one of which is rigorously cleaning tractors and forklifts, something that will likely continue once the pandemic is gone.

When it comes to redesigning warehouse space, it is all about how the workers navigate the warehouse and maintain six feet of social distancing while they’re working or on break and technology is helping. There are algorithms that know when employees are maintaining social distancing in warehouse aisles, along with cameras that are linked to a central hub. This technology is not there to spy on workers but to use algorithms to create safe routes for workers to follow when storing or accessing inventory. This technology goes so far to know when an employee is not working up to their capacity, which could be a sign they’re sick.

All of this came at a time when e-commerce began to skyrocket and that’s even before the holidays hit. With people in lockdown and not out shopping, we saw a huge spike in demand in 2020. In order to keep up with this demand, warehouses needed to implement safety measures and quickly. E-commerce sales before 2020 even ended jumped from 80 million to over 200 million. And the trend is not slowly down. Purchasing online is now the first option for many people locked down and needing supplies.

With no sign of the pandemic slowing down, the new safety measures implemented in warehouses across the country will remain for the unforeseeable future. There’s no reason to scrap them anytime soon. For most warehouses across the country, these new business models have worked. Consumers have no idea what has had to go on behind the scenes to make sure they received their delivery. Warehouses have had to make a lot of changes to stay in business, but it has certainly been worth it both for the companies and or consumers.

 

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Dynamic vs. Static Storage

When planning the warehouse design of your facility, it’s important to take the time to determine the best layout. The warehouse design plays a critical role in operations. It can mean the difference between profit and loss. You want the design to be conducive to improving productivity and efficiency. You may even want to consider using a professional to assist you in the planning of your warehouse design. Distribution and warehouse center layouts include four elements: static storage, dynamic storage, receiving and shipping. Typically, these elements are laid out according to the space of the facility. Handling equipment and product are also considered in the layout of a warehouse.

The static storage space in a warehouse is where products are stored. And products are generally stored on pallets. The dynamic storage area is called the “forward pick.” That’s because this is the area where products are picked for fulfillment. Once items in the dynamic storage area are selected, they are quickly replenished.  Several factors of the dynamic storage area often include different types of racking to lessen overall pick time. It’s also called the pick module. The pick module is designed o the material handling equipment. For example, first-out pallet storage may be accessed by forklifts. Within this configuration, a selective rack may be included.

Also known as the reserve storage area, the static area is used to reserve palletized storage. For products that need higher selectivity, a drive-through rack may be a good option.

It’s important to take into consideration both static storage and dynamic storage when planning the layout of your warehouse. And the through-flow needs to also be considered. U-shaped warehouses are very common/ In this layout, receiving and shipping docks are right next to each other. I-shaped and L-shaped warehouse product flow layouts provide larger sorting and storage areas for both receiving and shipping docks.

Racking System Types for Dynamic and Static Storage Areas

The types of racking systems that you choose for the dynamic and static storage areas will be dependent on the needs for product flow. These systems come in two groups, “first-in, first-out” and “last-in, first-out.” The racking types that you use for both the dynamic and static storage areas of the warehouse or distribution center should be chosen for your product operations. Racking systems can be separated into two groups: “first-in, first-out (FIFO)” and “last-in, first-out (LIFO)”. The FIFO rack system works well when rapid stock rotation, high turnover rate and products with an expiration date are used. For example, food storage would require FIFO racking systems. Options of this racking system include pallet flow, drive-through, carton flow and selective. LIFO racking systems work well for an inventory that has a long shelf life. It also works well for items stored in large quantities. Options of this racking system include push back, double-deep selective and drive-in.

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Key Factors in Warehouse Design

When it comes to warehouse design, there are a few key factors to think about. You’ve got to think about outbound logistics, what happens in the warehouse and outbound logistics. Whether your company has one warehouse or multiple warehouses, the choice of location will influence costs, efficiency and service. If fast service is a part of your service, you’ll want to have the warehouse located close facilities of your carriers or close to where your customers are located. In addition to lead time and supply chain velocity, you’ll also need to think about the processes in the warehouse, storage, receiving and dispatch volumes. The goal is to focus on network optimization. How quick are your inventory returns? What’s the strategy for the best customer service. Also, there are physical requirements. Is your process manual or automated? And when it comes to inbound logistics, you’ve got to consider these questions. What are the lead times for incoming deliveries? Where are your supplier located? How reliable are your suppliers?

All About the FAST Concept

The FAST concept is the acronym for flow, accessibility, space and throughout. You can apply this concept to the layout of your warehouse design. The objective of FAST is to enable smooth workflows with an emphasis on warehouse location and service. It’s a tried and proven concept that you can use when designing a warehouse.

Once you know how many warehouses and their locations, then think about structural design and capacity. In order to focus on structural design and capacity, as yourself these questions.

  • What takes place in the warehouse? What are the daily operations? What areas do you need for intake, storage, packing, picking and dispatch? Where will you locate any value-added services?
  • What are the characteristics of the products? What types of products are stored? Are these products fragile or hazardous? Will you be using cartons or full pallets for storage? Are there rules and regulations for the storage of the products? Is any type of control needed in the environment, such as temperature control for frozen goods?
  • Does the season affect the storage? If volumes vary depending on the season, you’ll have to allow the proper capacity for this. Does your warehouse handle returns from customers? If it does, you’ll likely need extra space for this processing and storage.

Applying the FAST Concept to Warehouse Layout Design

Let’s begin with F for flow. Here, the concern is the uninterrupted flow of movement, including people, products and traffic. The goal here is to ensure there are no cross-flow clashes in the operations of the warehouse. There should be a logical sequence of operations inside the warehouse. A smooth flow of operations includes no disruption and a limited amount of movement. Time is money. With uninterrupted flow, you’ll be maximizing revenue.

Accessibility not only includes being able to get to the product, but to the packaging unit. Can the product be assessed via a truckload or a pallet load? How do the products in your facility get from one place to another? You’ll need to think about whether or not the strict policy of first-in-first-out (FIFO) applies to your product, since you’ve got to be certain that you’re in compliance.  In the case of bottled water, you may have to access inventory in a store stock room. For example, with pharmaceuticals, access may be needed to fast-moving stock area, and that takes space.

Let’s move on to space. Warehouse space should always be maximized for stock processing reasons and for operational storage. All space should be planned and utilized wisely. Keep in mind that you’ll need space for offices and working areas. Be sure to make optimal use of the cubic capacity of the space and not just the floor area. Build flexibility into the operation by using the best storage media that can evolve. This way, when your operations grow, you’re in place strategies can grow with it.

Throughout entails the nature of the product and its velocity. Characteristics like size, dimensions and shape have to be taken into consideration. The velocity of the product will depend on the volume of what’s moving in the warehouse. Use data media to assist in the layout of the design, and get the facts.  The better the data; the less the risk.

Without a doubt, there’s a lot to think about in warehouse design. It’s not an easy or simple task. Planning and designing is an important undertaking that requires a lot of thought. The main point is to understand that flow, accessibility, space and throughout must be in place for maximum efficiency. If you’re not certain on how to do this, consider consulting a specialist with plenty of experience in warehouse design. A specialist will be able to ensure that your warehouse design and operations work for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warehouse Safety Notice for Post-Covid Return

Post-Covid 19 in your Warehouse: Top Safety Priorities

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed a lot about our world, particularly in the way companies do their business. Many consumer are choosing to stay away from businesses to prevent exposure and more companies are allowing their employees to work from home. When it comes to working in warehouses, it’s no different. However, many of your employees will still need to physically do their jobs, which is why it’s important for companies that use warehouses to take the proper steps to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees. The following practices will help you give your warehouse employees peace of mind when they head into work each day.

Review Risk Assessments

While your previous risk assessments may have worked just fine, there’s a new normal so they need to be reassessed by today’s standards. First and foremost, you need to determine how to minimize or eliminate the risk of contracting the virus in your warehouse. This includes reducing the possible routes of transmission that may exist in your current processes. While PPE equipment can help, wherever possible, it’s better to provide Plexiglass partitions and the ability to socially distance wherever possible. Your employees’ input can be an invaluable part of this process. It’s also a good time to review and revamp cleaning processes, using the right cleaning agents, particularly on high-contact surfaces.

Check Supply Chain Safety

In the warehouse industry, it’s not just about your warehouse; it’s also about your supply chain. Talk to your vendors about their own precautions surrounding Covid-19 and make sure they’re taking the appropriate steps as well. Let them know what you’re doing to keep everyone safe and how that applies to their interactions with you. This will prevent more serious discussions down the line if something goes wrong.

Ensure Safety on All Shifts

Many warehouses have fire marshalls and employees trained in first aid to ensure the safety of all workers. When choosing who to furlough or allow to work from home, make sure you have these qualified individuals onsite during each shift. You may be able to reduce their numbers, but there should be someone present on all shifts so those who are still working at your physical location are protected.

Control Goods Going In and Out

Whether you deal with customer returns or it’s simply the delivery process, reducing points of contact is a must. While this isn’t fully possible for warehouses, limiting interactions and putting precautions in place will help keep everyone safer. Social distancing, proper cleaning and protective barriers are just part of this process. You may also have to isolate any goods coming in for 72 hours to ensure they’re free of the virus before going to the next point in the process. Remote drop-off from your supply chain can also be useful in reducing contact points.

Map Out a Response Plan

Even with all the proper precautions in place, someone in your warehouse could test positive at any point. Rather than being surprised and having to scramble to figure out what to do, haivng a response plan in place ahead of time can save a lot of time and money. Remember, one of the best ways to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is contact tracing. Having an effective way to map out where each employee is throughout the day can help make this process easier.

5 Innovations To Make Your Warehouse More Efficient

An effective warehouse is the core of your business. But how to make sure it runs as efficiently as possible? The truth is that technology, storage, and safety methods are rapidly changing, and it’s important to keep up. Follow these innovative tips, and you’ll ensure your warehouse not only reaches peak efficiency, but also remains effective and relevant long into the future.

1. Go Smarter, Not Bigger

When storage space feels tight, a lot of people start to think that the solution is to invest in additional storage space or even relocate to a new warehouse. However, you can save money and moving time by going smarter with the space you already have.

Examine how much aisle space you actually need and go smaller when possible. Consider taller shelving and racking pallets in higher densities. Make sure items that you use / need access to often are in lower, easy-to-access areas while more long-term items are stored higher up (or further back) and in greater densities.

2. Offer Specialized Training

A major problem a lot of warehouses have is not just employee error, but also poor employee retention. However, both can be curbed when the right training programs are offered. All employees should receive regular training on the latest safety and efficiency procedures, for example. Some outside companies even offer highly specialized training programs just for warehouse workers, and these can be very useful in increasing production.

Good employees are also more likely to stay when you offer such training, as it will increase their skills and give them a brighter future.

3. Update Forklifts

The forklift has long been a warehouse staple, but it’s important to make sure that you’re only using the most current ones that have less room for error. For example, telescopic forklifts involve a telescopic forward reach boom, which allow for more flexibility (with precision!) and can both place and retrieve objects more efficiently. Always make sure your forklift operators are fully licensed and experienced with each kind of forklift you utilize.

4. Connect Employee Phones

Most businesses these days rely on mobile communication platforms, and warehouses are no exception. Make sure employees have updated phones and apps that connect well with each other. It’s also important to consider the future of tech in this area. For example, windows programs are projected to become outdated on mobile devices in the next few years, so switching over to newer platforms in a good idea. Always run tests before programs are actually implemented during workdays.

5. Go for Automation

As far as new storage technology goes, one innovative solution you will want to consider is automated storage. Involving the use of robotics and computerized organization, automated storage helps to cut organizational costs in the long run and increases accuracy and productivity. For example, a robotic arm can be used to retrieve precise items as needed, allowing for tighter storage spaces and decreased need for human intervention. And thanks to the rapid speed of orders being received and carried out, the amount of orders being fulfilled in a day will increase.

It’s also worth noting that automated warehouse storage helps to lower warehouse accidents and increase safety. By relying on precise computerized settings, there is less room for human error. In fact, the key human workers you will need present at the warehouse will be there simply to oversee operations and carry out the few tasks that computer and robotic automation cannot.

Ensure Warehouse Location Flexibility With These Labeling Solutions

Have you recently felt pressure on your product inventory and location management processes due to the huge increase in SKUs from e-commerce and omni-channel operations? If so, you’re not alone. The demand for quick delivery of products means warehouses need an up-to-date labeling system that quickly tracks items in order to get them to the customer as soon as possible. Read on to learn more about just how important a flexible labeling system is to your warehouse and its profitability.

The Importance of Keeping Up with Identification Labels

According to Gregg Schiltz, the chief operation officer of ID Labels, today’s environment requires a warehouse storage racking system with new identification labels that are flexible and can accommodate change in promotions, changing seasons, and momentum. He goes further to say that maximizing inventory is a real challenge for warehouse managers. However, a functioning label system overcomes this challenge.

Why is Flexible, Racking Labeling So Popular?

Warehouses are frequently using racking labeling more often. This is because it works well with inventory fluctuations, location changes, and third-party fulfillment.  “We’re seeing growing demand for barcode labeling solutions that can accommodate our customers’ needs for rack location identification flexibility,” Schiltz said. He goes on to recommend flexible labeling products for any warehouse facility looking for maximum capacity.

In-Place Bar Code Labels Have Too Many Challenges

Many warehouses still rely on in-place barcode labels and find themselves facing challenges. According to Schilitz, the labels can get easily damaged or peel off. Also, he states that these barcodes are nothing short of time-consuming, not to mention unproductive, especially when you need to remove old labels for new ones. This is both tedious and time-consuming. Warehouse managers could save time by simply sticking a new paper barcode over an old one, but is this really a viable solution? Not for the long term. Customers will see this as lazy and unappealing. Also, if the new label doesn’t completely cover the old one, this can lead to scan errors and loss of productivity.

Choose Flexibility in Warehouse Labeling

Keeping track of inventory, changing prices, and collection of data all depend upon barcode labels. A well-run, efficient warehouse needs flexible labeling to keep up with fluctuation prices and other changes in product. A label that is durable will easily stick to beams, racks, boxes, and individual products. In addition, choose a label with a quick-release top coating so it’s easy to relabel when the need arises.  Another option includes magnetic barcode labels, especially for cold/freezer warehouses.

Stay Efficient and Keep Up with Demand

Customers do not want to wait for their product. With Amazon offering next or even same day delivery, consumers are getting used to quick delivery. That means the way you run your supply chain needs to keep up with the demand for almost instantaneous delivery. With the right flexible labels, your warehouse will run like a well-oiled machine. You’ll be able to quickly find what you’re looking for and get it out to the customer quickly. Warehouses that fall behind on labeling technology will also find themselves falling behind the competition. Instead, bring your warehouse up to date with the right labeling system.

 

How To-Vertical Warehouse Management

If you’re like many successful warehouse managers, you may one day find yourself struggling with space. After all, increased demand leads to increased inventory! But instead of making an expensive move to bigger storage facilities or wasting time and money building additions, you have another option. You can increase your profits and efficiency by optimizing your existing vertical storage space. 

Whether you’ve already moved into a new warehouse, recently took over a warehouse space or are a longtime manager looking to increase efficiency, these tips will help you with vertical warehouse management:

Start at the Base

All “towering” projects need a strong foundation to stand on! So, start by looking down instead of up. Take a look at what you plan to store closest to the bottom of your storage stacks (which should generally be what you need to access most often), and make sure there is enough space vertically for your largest items. When positioning shelving units, there should always be enough space between them for you, your employees and the equipment you use (like fork lifts) to maneuver as needed. Once you make these base decisions, you can start looking upward. 

Store the Same Items Vertically, Not Horizontally

Instead of putting your entire inventory of one item on the same shelf, you can stack them and store extra units vertically on higher shelves. This way, you can increase your access to a wide variety of items while still having a clear count of your back stock. This way, you can always stock up on depleting units down below by simply shifting everything down. 

Consider Investing in New Shelving

Especially if your current shelving doesn’t allow you to store things all the way up to the ceiling (or at least as high as your forklift / access tools can go), it may be time to make a change. If you are storing heavy items up top though, always make sure that your shelving is secure and tip-proof. If you have the means and the space, you may also want to consider adding an access walkway in some higher areas to essentially create a “second floor” for easy storage and access. For smaller, “loose” items, you should consider keeping them in stackable drawers for easy access and safe storage. 

Never Stop Focusing on Efficiency

Efficiency should always be the top-most priority, above fitting as much as you can into your warehouse. In turn, your storage options will be maximized and the warehouse will not feel cramped or overburdened. For example, it’s tempting to just cram as many things as possible into a tight space. But then you risk burying things you need to access. By keeping things as neat as possible and only storing like items together, you will maximize your efficiency and storage ability. Consider using clear labels so that there is no confusion among employees where things should be stored. If you have the means, divide your warehouse into different zones and dedicate a “theme” and a forklift to each. 

Follow these tips, and watch as your warehouse is transformed!

Phoenix: A Magnet For Distribution and Warehouse Facilities

The state of Arizona is proud of the area’s impressive success.  Phoenix, Arizona has done a wonderful job of preparing everything for big business, and this includes planning for logistics, distribution, and warehouse facilities.  E-commerce types of businesses are also providing a strong demand for labor which might typically be two to three times that of traditional warehousing operations.  The logistics partners have turned to Phoenix due to many combinations of factors such as labor costs and availability.  The benefits for Arizona are important with these factors determining the markets that are selected.  All of these important reasons for success are helping to support additional growth in numbers for Arizona’s incredible opportunities.

Arizona Fulfillment Centers

Opportunities for strong continued economic growth are looking positive with the success around the metropolitan Phoenix area for distribution and warehouse facilities.  The support is strong for the right scalable infrastructure, proponents of economic growth outlooks, employment opportunities, and business services.  All of this is strengthening Phoenix’s ability to provide better goods and services to other markets.  The availability of a strong talent pool and an educated workforce has been smartly supported with the Arizona Warehouse Design.   The distribution is a healthy part of the economy and this includes all the fulfillment centers located throughout the state with encouragement for a warehouse consultant.  With all of this excitement, Phoenix is celebrated as a magnet for distribution and warehouse facilities.  The expertise is appreciated with the labor markets and trained workers at the distribution warehouses, along with the products and services offered at Kaco to support the facilities.

Economic Growth

Arizona and the capital city of Phoenix, are in a good location nationally and internationally.  The geographical location has it situated next to several larger land mass states and close to international access for world-wide commerce.  This is all positive for transportation, commerce, distribution, and warehouse facilities.  Recognized as a leader with innovation and sustainability, Phoenix has a large city feel with support of the widest ranges of business services.  The successful growth has provided opportunities for recognition of the best state leadership with international achievements for businesses of all sizes.

Logistics and International Relationships

Distribution with transportation and trucking facilities are important for coordinating and the industry developments have helped with relationship building across the international borderlines and throughout the nation.  The positive developments and strengthened relationships are also important for the optimal economic outlook for Arizona.  Phoenix, as one of the largest cities in the U.S., has proven itself as a successful metro area with the best infrastructure to support the state’s growth industries.  The economic impact is also optimal for the residents and tourists of this impressively organized state.

International Port of Entry

With one of the most ingeniously placed U.S. Ports in National History, Arizona has positioned itself nicely as a leader with support of international trading.  The leadership offering the initial conception design through funding and construction of the International Port of Entry has also planned the sustainable solutions for logistics, trucking, distribution, and local support of warehouse facilities.  The state has proven itself successful with leadership and the nationally impressive innovation efforts to support the amazing growth, and thankfully the best types of growth. 

Phoenix has earned awards and recognition for its successful ability to sustain real growth with innovation through good leadership.  As one of the international leaders with e-commerce throughout the duration of the Internet’s existence, Phoenix continues to be situated in one of the hottest fulfillment markets.  It is also a location of one of the nation’s U.S. Presidential Office Points of Light as a leader throughout commerce, tourism/recreation, governmental public policy awards, Metropolitan Area Downtown District Development Initiatives, nonprofit management, and international trading port development awards.  The economic support and overall achievements are important for Phoenix as a magnet for distribution and warehouse facilities.  Once again, labor costs and availability are helping Phoenix lead some of the world’s most important innovation efforts for big business, e-commerce, and overall customer satisfaction for business to consumer markets.  The business to business support is strong with companies such as Kaco offering products and services to support the distribution and warehouse facilities.

What To Know About Warehouse Permitting

Did you know that you need a warehouse permit for using a warehouse? Whether you’ve been in your current warehouse for years and are considering a redesign or you are moving into a new warehouse space entirely, you’ll most likely need a commercial and/or industrial permit to do so legally. 

But don’t worry; you don’t have to figure this out all on your own! At KACO Warehouse Outfitters, we are a full-service equipment and solution provider for warehouses and other similar industrial or commercial properties. Here’s what you need to know about warehouse permitting:

Warehouse Regulations Vary By City

While there are often some state regulations, what you’ll really want to look into are the regulations within your specific city. In Phoenix, for example, the city places concerns largely around high piled combustible storage (meaning if you are planning to stack flammable or otherwise potentially hazardouse materials in your warehouse, listen up!). In order to get approved for a warehouse permit, the permit application must show the planned location of any high piled storage areas and detail their dimensions and contents.

During the planning process, it is therefore crucial that you pay close attention to your city’s storage height and width restrictions, especially when it comes to potentially hazardous materials. You should be able to find this information on your city’s government website (hereare the high piled combustible storage regulations for Phoenix) or by submitting an inquiry with your local fire department. The fire department will be involved in your permit approval process to ensure there are no safety hazards or fire codes being violated.

General Permit Application Requirements

Different cities may have somewhat different requirements for warehouse permitting to be approved, but in general, here’s what you’re looking at:

  • The tenant / owner name and their current contact information
  • History of the building and its construction date
  • Warehouse layout / scaled floor plan that clearly depicts any high piled areas — a CAD floor plan may also suffice or be included in addition
  • Detailed information on the floor plan about the materials being stored in each area and their dimensions (height and square footage must be included)
  • A hydraulic placard on sprinkler risers that also includes the system flow densities as well as their dimensions (height in particular)
  • Any additional guidelines that have been followed as well as the last dates and results of any inspections 

Keep in mind that the city will primarily be looking at whether or not you’ve met all of their current warehouse regulations. It is important to become well-versed in these before proceeding with the application.

How Long Does it Take for Permits to Get Approved?

Sometimes it can take mere weeks, while other times approval can take months. The length of time that your approval takes will be dependent on a variety of factors:

  • The size of your warehouse and the complexity of the redesign or renovations
  • The amount of hazardous materials you have to store
  • Whether or not any information is missing from your permit application / proposal (the city will either ask you for the missing information or may even have you start the application process all over again)
  • The availability of government officials and the fire department (things tend to be busier in Spring, for example, when many other people are looking for permit approval). 

Getting Help from the Pros will Save You Time and Money!

It’s not impossible to get warehouse permit approval all on your own, but it can be a lot more difficult. And the last thing you want is to spend so much time drafting your proposal and planning your warehouse only to have it turned down, forcing you to start the process all over again. 

Enlisting the help of a professional, full-service warehouse outfitter for the process is crucial to saving you time and money. At KACO, for example, we have a lot of experience with filling out permits for different types of warehouses and other industrial properties, and we are also happy to help design the planned layout of your warehouse so that it is safe, efficient and meets local regulation requirements. 

Have more questions about warehouse permitting and what specifically applies to you? At KACO Warehouse Outfitters, we can help you figure it out! We have decades of experience furnishing warehouses with all that they need and making sure items follow regulations. Give us a call today!