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Key Factors for Effective Construction Warehousing

In the construction industry, warehousing management plays a vital role. Warehouses are commercial buildings where goods, raw materials and equipment are stored by the supply chain until the time customers receive it. When involving logistical system designs, warehouses are not only storerooms but also takes roles in providing services and supporting facilities to companies. Warehousing with logistical system designs focuses more on transaction dominance from storage dominance. By consolidating the movement, an effective warehousing is able to reduce the costs of transportation.

Construction companies can take advantage of break-bulk and cross-dock especially when ordering the raw materials which are large and heavy through economical transportation. Effective warehousing will also be one of the solutions to reduce the risk of injury on site which is mostly caused by inappropriate storage and poor site management. According to Health and Safety Law, everyone working on site will be dangerous if the site is not clean and safe. Therefore, warehousing is important for construction in many aspects and this article discusses several key factors for effective construction warehousing.

Well-planned Warehouse Layout

A well planned internal and external warehouse layout helps to build effective construction warehousing. It is important to maximize the efficiency of both internal and external warehouse layout to avoid the bottlenecks which will affect the warehouse productivity in the future. To have a well-planned layout, there are some factors that need to be considered.

  • Future storage requirement – It is the key factor to look out for the warehouse layout. Companies have to roughly forecast the stocks which will be put inside the warehouse by checking the stocks profiles and the access requirements to reduce the unsuitability in the future.
  • Adaptability – Warehouses have to be designed to accommodate changes easily in the future to avoid hassle. Although companies forecast the stock profiles and requirements, there will still be some changes especially when the sales quantity increases or the size of the products changes. At that point of time, companies may need more space or different types of storage for the changes.
  • Flow of warehouse – Before building a new warehouse, companies should decide the best warehouse system which is the most suitable for the operations.

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Tan Mei Chyi, DLSM
Tan Mei Chyi, DLSM
Tan Mei Chyi has substantive years of experience in the construction sector, and specifically in the field of procurement for mechanical and electrical items. She is a member of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM). Mei Chyi completed the Diploma in Logistics and Supply Management (DLSM) on June 2021 at SIPMM Institute.
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