The right storage and your warehouse space

A CBRE study reports “nearly one billion square-feet of total warehouse inventory is more than 50 years old and has clear height of less than 20 feet - well below logistics tenant requirements.” This means the newest warehouses are alone when it comes to correct industrial storage solutions being implemented into their current warehouse space.

The wrong storage can cost you time, money and efficiency. The warehouse and distribution center industries should not be the last ones to install the right storage! If so, how will we ever get our Amazon order, clothes and other e-commerce goods?!

This can all be changed with the right industrial storage solutions.


The first organization tip is with reconfiguring your warehouse layout design. The wrong layout can be holding your warehouse back from optimizing your workflows and paths. This means shipping and receiving areas, presses, storage and other everyday workflows are not in the best area in your warehouse.

The second organization tip is provide better accessibility to all products on current industrial storage solutions. The items on your current industrial storage solutions should be accessible to everyone in the warehouse. It should also provide the ability to easily find barcodes and labels to properly store goods in their needed location.

The final organization tip is always make sure there is enough space between your storage solutions. Not sure how much space to leave? The average estimate is if your boxed goods and forklift can fit through the space. If not, then space needs to be added.  

Ergonomic equipment

What is ergonomics? Humanscale uses this definition, “ergonomics is the science of fitting a workplace to the employee’s needs. This aims to increase efficiency and productivity while reducing discomfort.” A great example of this is not having a comfortable chair in your office. You will be moving all around to find a comfortable spot, your back might start to ache and you’ll be so distracted you might start looking for a new one which results in little productivity.

In warehouses, ergonomic equipment is made for the same reason you need the right computer chair. Everything from exoskeletons to the right storage can all help with this! Our storage systems come with three ergonomic handles:

  • Manual
  • Mechanical-Assist
  • Powered

Each one is designed with the user in mind. This makes opening and closing all the storage units a breeze! No hard work in opening these units. No matter how much weight is on there!

The right handles on the right storage solutions could make a world of difference. Our heavy-duty mobile storage racking is made is strong and durable. ActivRAC mechanical assist allows for up to 7,000 lbs to easily be moved back and forth, and powered handles allow for up to 30,000 lbs of good to be moved back and forth!

Vertical storage

The next step is getting more space without moving, by going up! Vertical storage solutions can help with organization and is another aspect of ergonomics. This means your workers spent less time searching for the right goods to send out because all of the items are on one static racking system! Take your products and separate them out and increase the current space you have.

Knowing when to upgrade your storage

Are you wondering if it’s time to upgrade the storage in your warehouse? If you are asking yourself or employees any of these questions, it’s time!

  • How could we free more space?
  • Do we need a larger warehouse?
  • Are we running out of room?
  • Is the equipment old?
  • Is the equipment not safe?

The list of questions can go on from knowing you need more space to understanding it’s time to upgrade your solutions.


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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