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With DeliverySuite, you already have the right Warehouse Management System (WMS) technology. But, it’s very important to first organize and number your warehouse locations. If your warehouse layout and locations numbering scheme lack principles of organization, you’ll still struggle to achieve all the benefits of the technology. Also, a badly organized warehouse will also make it difficult to find something even without technology.

When determining how to organize and structure your numbering scheme, use these pointers:

Keep it simple. Street signs can get you where you want to be using a map. Your numbering should do the same thing. Split the warehouse into grids, whether it’s floor space or racking. If floor space becomes racking, all you need to do is add height, or a ‘y’ coordinate, which keeps the ‘x-y’ coordinates intact and there’s no learning curve for the new positions.

Use alphanumeric codes. Use letters for the levels in a rack or shelving. Use numbers for aisles and racks.

The locations should have AISLE-RACK-LEVEL-POSITION
For example : 01-02-A-01 = Aisle 1, rack 2, level A (bottom), position 1

Aisle: Start with 01, which will give you 99 aisles. Or start with 001 will give you 999 aisles.

Rack: If there is no rack (floor space), make this 00. Otherwise, start at 01 or 001.

Level: Floor or first rack height is A. This gives you 26 heights. Most racking has no more than 10 skid positions in height.

Position: When looking at the location made up of aisle, rack, and level, there may be enough space to hold a few skids or many boxes side by side. So the position helps to identify where in that space you are looking, from left to right.

What we didn’t talk about are very large warehouses where you may have zones where you can reuse the same numbering.  For example; two warehouse units, units A and B. Each have the same numbering scheme or are separated due to physical building. Another example may be zones based on the type of storage. For example, retail vs bulk, or bonded vs non-bonded, dry vs freezer.

An example of adding a zone would be:
A 01-02-A-01 = Zone A, Aisle 1, rack 2, level A (bottom), position 1

Floor space can be labeled on the floor with high-quality labels that can withstand traffic, or with hangers above the location.  They are typically hung from the rafters as seen below.

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