As the owner or operator of a warehouse, your main objective is to enhance work operations and increase productivity that will increase profits. While human labour and machinery such as jacks and forklifts are integral parts of your operation, they can only do so much. As a result, carts should be introduced to assist in filling orders and transporting goods around the warehouse.
Since carts are considered essential material handling solutions to your operation, let’s explore the benefits of why carts should be used in your warehouse.
1. Allow quick and easy transportation
Carts enable fast transportation of items. They decrease the time an operator has to take to transport items in the warehouse. Studies show that carts take about half the time a forklift uses to carry loads in a warehouse.
Using carts in a warehouse are also relatively easy to operate making transportation in the warehouse much more manageable. No licenses are required which will allow you to avoid costs to train employees. One person can operate the cart and move the load to the part of the warehouse where it will be stored. As a result, there is no need for additional workers as the carts are easy to unload, allowing you to also save on wages.
2. Increase the delivery capacity
People and forklifts usually carry a limited load. They will, therefore, have to move back and forth in the warehouse to finish delivering a load. The amount of load that can be carried by carts, on the other hand, is huge. This makes them ideal for warehouses where many loads have to be transferred at once.
Carts do have different carrying capacities, so be sure to choose the cart capacity that suits your needs by being cognizant of the items that they will carry. However, carts can carry weighty loads that human beings cannot move with some being able to manage more than 1000 lbs. in weight. They are the best choice in warehouses where large and heavy loads are to be transported and stored.
Warehouses are busy places, and accidents are bound to happen. Carts help in increasing worker safety in this busy environment. This is because they enable compact handling of loads, preventing them from falling over and hurting workers.
Carts can also reduce traffic in the warehouses. Human and forklift traffic increases the chance of accidents occurring. In most warehouses today, carts are seen as a solution to moving heavy items with fewer safety concerns. This is also due in part by not forcing forklifts into spaces where they are not ideal and potentially causing spills and/or damage.
4. Reduces floor congestion
If you use human labor to move loads in your warehouse, chances are you will need many people to work in the warehouse. This increases the floor congestion which inhibits movement. A cart, on the other hand, can carry the same load it takes for a significant amount of your workforce to manage. This means you will have reduced floor congestion if you use carts to transport loads in your warehouse.
Carts are able to navigate routes without taking much space. As a result, you can decide to set designated routes around your warehouse where the carts can pass. This will immensely reduce floor congestion and increase free movement of loads in the warehouse.
5. Enhance efficiency
As stated, carts increase efficiency by minimizing floor congestion. They also move several items in one trip. This reduces movement in the warehouse and the amount of energy to be used in transferring loads.
Unlike the traditional delivery system, carts do not require several people to load, drive, and unload. One person is always enough to handle all tasks. This reduces the number of people working on the cart, greatly enhancing efficiency. These workers can then be involved in other jobs in the warehouse.