Hi friends! Welcome to The Render Podcast and in today’s episode we will be talking about moving warehouses and how to continue working in your current warehouse, too! To do this, it is going to take efficiency and strategy to coordinate all of the, literally, moving parts of transitioning into a new HQ.
In last week’s episode, we talked about how to navigate looking at a new space and the things you should consider. While this is also vital, being able to navigate moving and working simultaneously is key to being successful in your new space.
Pulling and running a report of what events you have booked and coming up is key to beginning to understand what you will actually need for your upcoming events. There is nothing more frustrating than packing up an item or inventory that you think you will not use or even need, and then you end up actually needing it. Get ahead of the inventory and products you need and you will save yourself in the end. You will want to, at minimum, look at 30 days out so you can strategize and plan what you will need. It is really hard to move exactly how your warehouse is set up now, because most likely your products and inventory will be set up in a way that the most used products are the easiest to get to. Strategizing how to get into the internal parts of your inventory will be what you should do first. By doing this, you can move into a new place without feeling jumbled. Of course, we recommend using our most favorite software, GoodShuffle Pro to run this report of your events! By using the link above, you can get 30 days absolutely FREE!
Good ‘ole pen and paper can help you get your items listed by priority so you can plan with your operations team on which inventory or products to pack up first, second, third, etc. Perhaps you organize your items by their likeness so you can find them easier. Is color coding your items your preferred method? Find what works best for you and run with it! Of course, run your events report and get a game plan for what you will need so you can approach this step in the right direction. Your breakables are for sure the most important to prioritize when packing, so make sure you package each item up methodically to ensure they are safe for their move.
Per Render Ops Team! Likely, you will be utilizing the racks for storage in your current warehouse space and need to keep your inventory off the ground, but at the same time, you need those racks in the new space to get your inventory off of the ground. It isn’t ideal to need your racks in both places, but it is most of our realities! Here is when you play this fun game called rack attack — this just means you take a section of a rack at a time! The easiest way to do this is by taking down the racks and inventory that is least used. You will load the inventory onto a truck, load the rack onto a truck, then set the racks up and then move in the inventory. Of course this may mean that you have to go back and forth between two warehouses for inventory for any events that may need them, but remember, it is a temporary situation!
You are probably going to need bigger vehicles than you currently have, so make sure that you plan ahead for those. While this may not seem like a big or “important step”, we say this because, especially for us, being in a big city means that those larger box trucks could be rented out or reserved already! The biggest headache of this moving process would be not having accessibility to vehicles that can help aid you in loading and unloading. We want to make sure we are being efficient and strategic with our moving time, so planning ahead is going to only be in your favor.
The last step of the moving process is rack attack (again), but in reverse! You will want to unload your racks and set those up first before you begin unloading your inventory and products. We want your items to be as safe as possible, so getting those racks and shelving units up before you begin placing your valuables on the floor is key to being successful in your new warehouse space! While placing your inventory in their new home, do a double check and look for any dings or scratches that could have happened during travel! Make a note so that your operations team can prioritize getting those items fixed up before their next rental!
Surprise! We said we only had 5 steps, but this is a given that we had to share with you! Hydration is key. Sleep is key. Fed is key. You cannot function without these key components, but you especially need to ensure you are prioritizing these factors while moving into a new HQ and doing this intense amount of work. The days will be long. The days will be hot. The days will be exhausting. Taking care of yourself along the way is vital.
We hope that you enjoyed today’s episode about how to remain efficient and strategic with your move while you are still working from your warehouse. We know this can be so challenging, but with our tips and tricks, we know you can accomplish this big task!
Raven Scott | Podcast & Marketing Coordinator
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