The benefits of going vertical

Do you often discover your distribution center sent the wrong products and items to the wrong customers?  Your workers are spending more time in the warehouse hunting for a box of items than taking inventory counts. These concerns and more can easily be fixed with the right warehouse automation systems and  the best storage.

What is warehouse automation

Warehouse automation uses technology to perform as many necessary tasks and responsibilities as needed. The trend reduces human errors, while sorting and shipping goods and storing these items Tasks requiring more time are delegated to technology and robots to increase efficiency.

How can a warehouse use storage in  their automation processes? It’s simple. A warehouse can use an Automatic Storage and Automatic Retrieval storage system (AS/RS), or they can use vertical storage called Vertical Lift Modules (VLM).

The benefits of storage as an automated solution

Space is a luxury not commonly afforded to the warehouses and distribution centers. While  eCommerce continues to explode in the market, the best and biggest warehouses are purchase as  prime real estate.

Yes, warehouses and distribution centers should add robots, better technology and more items. However, these items can’t be added properly without the right storage.

Creates more space

At Midwest Storage Solutions, Inc., we always claim our industrial storage solutions will provide your space with at least 50 percent more room and this is true! All of your existing items will be store in the same area and space, but our storage units will maximize the square footage within your warehouse!  

A great example is from Modern Materials Handling on a case study from Portland, Maine. The company realized they were running out of space and installed Vertical Lift Modules in their space and cut storage space by 85 percent while increasing productivity and accuracy! Their picking time has decreased by half and gives their workers time to focus on other important tasks throughout the day.  

Improve inventory management

These storage systems can help improve inventory management and mispicks because of their design. The primary components are arranged trays with an extractor platform with a series of computer directed controls. Do you know the items needed are on row G number 16? You simply type this into the computer and the machine finds the correct part.


Ergonomics is the processes of developing or arranging workspaces, products and systems employees can use in the best way possible. This aims to learn the downfalls of designs in spaces and how they can be improved.

A great way to improve ergonomics in warehouses and distribution centers is with the right industrial storage systems. This means employees have less hunting and gathering for items, carrying heavy ladders from item to item, less manual labor strains and more! Ergonomics can be as simple as the best storage system to the best layout of your warehouse.

Increase profitability

The right industrial storage system can increase profitability by allowing for more floor space. The more space your warehouse and distribution center has, the more items you can store, which means more items are being shipped In the end, it provides more sales.

Furthermore, the better work flows are optimized the better your employees can work which increase profitability as well.

As any warehouse or distribution center manager can tell, the right storage in your space can provide a number of benefits. It’s as simple as calling Midwest Storage Solutions, Inc., for the best industrial storage solution option available.


Midwest Storage Solutions, Inc., has been helping companies and businesses find the right storage solutions since 1997. We are located in Omaha, Nebraska and are the sole distributor of Spacesaver products in the Midwest. For more information, contact us today.

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