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DCs and Mezzanines

Should you install a mezzanine in your Distribution Centre?

Mezzanine floors are often used in warehouses to utilised vertical space that would otherwise go unused. Because distribution centres (DCs) often face high demands and rely heavily on suitable space management, they have a lot to gain from the installation of a mezzanine. The success of a DC relies on efficient organisation, especially when it comes to an increase in incoming and outgoing orders. It is at this point that well designed storage space becomes a vital element of a DC. Utilising vertical space for storage with a mezzanine will not only make the most efficient use of existing space, but it will also help streamline the operations of your Melbourne DC.

Definition of a DC:

A DC is a specialised warehouse for distributing stock to retailers, wholesalers, direct to customers, or a mixture. DCs are also called fulfilment centres, cross-dock facilities, and handling centres. Defining what your DC is will depend on its purpose. For example, a “retail distribution centre” will distribute to retail stores, an “order fulfilment centre” direct to customers, and a “cross-dock facility” is usually just a transit centre for inventory. A DC will either handle stock for various suppliers or belong to a retailer and distribute out to their own store locations. Mezzanines can be used in a DC for office space, staff facilities, or value added services, however the most common use is storage.

Raise storage capacity:

With perhaps the exception of cross docking facilities, the main role of a DC is to receive large quantities of stock and ship out smaller quantities. An important component of this process is storage. For example, stocking products in a DC is often the only way to maintain efficient stock levels at retail stores. Not all retail brands or stores will sell the same items in the same quantities, therefore it’s more efficient to keep stock at a DC and replenish various shops as they need it. DCs might store the one item in the one space, or they might have storage locations organised for each retail brand or store. Either way, a mezzanine can be used to store bulk stock, hold the slow moving stock, or house the storage locations of smaller stores. New seasons, holidays, or special promotions may also prompt a retailer to store specific items prior to a large rollout or demand forecast. To cope with demand, a DC might have to double the amount of stock on hand. A warehouse mezzanine is an easy solution to taking care of the excess stock.

Mezzanine floors should be installed in DCs because they create more space and are practical. Compared with the costs of construction and real estate to expand horizontally, mezzanines represent a cost effective storage solution. Mezzanine storage solutions can help increase capacity and material flow throughout your facility. To streamline the efficiency of your Melbourne DC, you would definitely be wise to consider the installation of a mezzanine storage system.

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