In today’s episode of The Render Podcast, we are chatting all about the growing pains of a rental company and how to move your business into a Small Warehouse. We have been there so we completely understand the frustrations that come with the small warehouse space, the growing stage, the logistics of managing small spaces, and learning how to best navigate within your limited space.
The storage unit stage was very much a part of our company and we did that for a few years. When it came to needing more space, it was either to rent more units, which meant more logistics in handling where certain pieces were, or begin looking for a small warehouse. We went on a tour of the warehouse and knew that this was a great fit for us, it just needed a few renovations for the space, we got those handled and were able to curate a space that made sense for our business and to better visualize the inventory we were offering. We also had the ability to rent some of the office spaces within the warehouse, this helped offset some of the costs that we faced with moving into a small warehouse.
When the inventory was finally moved in, we quickly began to realize that the space we thought we had was quickly running out. The storage unit racks we had were not practical for warehouse spacing. The feeling of defeat came over and we knew we had to make a change to make the space more practical and logistically efficient.
We knew that we had to work to better maximize our space within the warehouse so we talked to a friend about what we could do to make a better and more practical use of our inventory storage. Chatting with a friend who was facing this very thing told us about a storage shelving solution that a lot of large warehouses use – teardrop racking. This racking is meant for industrial use and has components called uprights and cross beams, which helped change the way we were able to store our inventory — we were able to make better use of our vertical space and ability to store our inventory in a more practical way. This solution gave us a new outlook and we were finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel when it came to storing our growing inventory.
With the rental business growing fast and at a rapid rate, we are currently experiencing this rapid growth and are now growing out of our 10,000 sqft warehouse. We know we need more space but being in a lease makes it hard to look for a larger warehouse. The solution? You may have to go back to the storage units. Keep in mind that because you were able to leave that phase of your business, that does not mean you will not ever revert back to that temporary solution. When you need a quick solution, this is something to keep in your back pocket as a quick solution.
We hope you enjoyed today’s episode and have learned some tips and tricks that we have used and loved. Be sure to subscribe to our Podcast on Apple or Spotify and as always, we are grateful you are here!
Raven Scott | Podcast Manager
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