How To Deal With Overspill Storage

So what is overspill storage and how can you deal with it?

Supply Chains that work effectively shouldn’t really have overspill stock, so say the experts, but show me a business that hasn’t struggled, especially around the holiday seasons toverspill storageo contain the stock ordered for the pre Christmas rush, or the launch of a new catalogue, and I’ll show you a company that really aren’t really doing so much business.

Preventing overspill is the ideal, however it doesn’t always work, sometimes we acquire things entirely by accident, which we need to find the space for. Returned shipments, or suppliers shipping early do happen, and when it does we struggle to keep our storage at a manageable level. You can come up with a routine of maybe weekly, or monthly stock taking which when done on a regular basis is unlikely to be a huge task. Stocktaking is a valuable occurrence, where it is imperative to know what you have to hand, what is required and what is missing/lost.

Of course if you do have overspill stock, the quickest thing to sort out is what to do with it

If you share a building with another company, you may be able to ask for a . They’ll probably want to charge you for it, but you won’t have extra transport to contend with which should lower your costs in that way.  However, if you’ve no one to ask, then you need to try and find some short-term storage in your local area.

Preparation is Key

It’s a good idea to have looked into these before you actually have to deal with the problem, as forewarned is forearmed. If you’ve someone available to you, and have previously negotiated storage rates with them, then it is far easier and less hassle than ringing around in desperation, trying to find someone who’ll take your goods into storage for you. There are storage facilities that charge reasonable rates for short term storage but some prefer to work on a contract basis, so that you have the space available to you when you need it, at a contracted cost. It’s of course up to you which method you choose, but if you phone up in a panic, chances are you’ll have to pay more.

If you really don’t want to have to cover extra warehousing costs, then something to think about is investing in extra racking for your own warehouse. As long as you have the capability to safely reach the levels you stretch to, you should be able to safely fit a few extra pallets in with this method. Another thing you should think about doing is getting rid of that old pallet of files that have been kept far longer than legal requirements allow. Take a good long look at your warehouse and see if you’ve really stored everything to the best of your ability. If there are gaps between pallets that don’t need to be there, rearrange.

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