Moving from one warehouse to another

As your business is growing and growing you will need more and more storage space. So, moving from one warehouse to another is actually a telltale sign of a successful and booming business. But, moving warehouses is a huge job to take on. Not only will you have to physically move out your items to a new warehouse, but you also have to handle supply chains and everything else that goes into managing a warehouse. So, yes, the moving process will take a little bit of time and preparation. But the reason for moving is always good! That’s why we at Easy Move Kuwait have decided to share our guide on how exactly moving from one warehouse to other works. Let’s get into it!

A stocked warehouse

Consider your future plans for your business

What we mean by this is that you should consider if you want to expand your business by adding some new products. Whatever it is your business sells, if you plan on adding new products, you will need more space. That’s why when moving it’s ideal to think about these things. Imagine moving your warehouse Kuwait to a bigger one only for the bigger one to still not be big enough since you’re getting new products.

You don’t have to have the next 5 years of your business planned out. But it is wise to think about everything before moving. Moving is, after all, something we all do only a few times in our lives and it is stressful. And you wouldn’t want to move again in a short period of time.

Make realistic warehouse moving estimates

You should ideally have an idea and a plan on how long your moving process will take. Let’s say 3 weeks for example. In those 3 weeks, you need to communicate with your workers when standard warehouse operations will be taking place and when preparations for moving will be taking place. You should come up with the ideal plan on how to not lose revenue due to moving, but still not overwork your employees. Your employees will love you and stay loyal if you treat them with the kindness they deserve.

So, a good plan is needed to execute everything. Set aside which days or which hours are for the standard procedures. And the rest of the time is either off for the workers when the heavy equipment movers and packers come. Or they help out with packing but inside their usual working hours.

A man driving a forklift in a warehouse
Treat your workers with respect and you’ll be surprised how much their work will improve.

Think of the size of the new warehouse

Think of the height, the size, everything about the new warehouse. Do your shelves fit? Does your machinery fit? Once you establish that everything fits, you can make some changes when it comes to the space. You can optimize certain aspects you couldn’t before because of the size of the space. A good rule to remember is to always choose a slightly bigger warehouse than you think you need. Older warehouses were made differently from the newer ones. So, you should just account for the differences you could encounter.

Also, if you’re getting new products, machines, items, etc., you need to be sure they can fit and have their place. Your movers can actually help you with this most likely. They can take measurements of the new warehouse when moving your items.

Purge your old warehouse

Chances are if you’ve had your business for a while now, there are forgotten items hidden in your warehouse. Maybe something that’s gone bad, or isn’t functional anymore just taking up space God knows where. We all have these situations in our homes, but in a warehouse, the scale of things that need to be removed can be huge. This is why a lot of people would rather forget about it than clean it up. Bu now, since you’ll be emptying the entire warehouse, it’s time to look at all of the things you don’t need anymore and throw them away.

You will feel so refreshed once you get rid of everything you don’t need. Your new warehouse will be fresh and clean and tidy. What better feeling is there?

Think about your deliveries

You will know best, but maybe it is wise to lower your delivery rate in the weeks before the move. Just so you have to move fewer items than you usually would. Alternatively, you can just direct your deliveries to your new warehouse and have it almost fully stocked for your arrival. Here it really comes down to your personal preference. If you’re moving your warehouses internationally, you might also be interested in international car shipping. Be sure to check out the many options that are available and you’ll surely find the right one for you.

Check the paperwork

Before the move, be sure to check out if all of your papers are in order. Do you have all the permits you need? Do you have insurance against theft which is happening more frequently? If you don’t sort all of this out before moving day, you could face some moving delays. Which will, of course, mess up everything. So just stay one step ahead of everything that needs to be taken care of.

Someone doing paperwork
Paperwork is tiring, but you need to have everything sorted out before moving day.

Be careful of product damage

Usually, professional movers don’t make mistakes that damage your goods. But, since you’re moving a warehouse that is most likely pretty full of items, the chances are higher. We recommend asking for insurance before the move and just instructing the movers if any of your items are especially breakable or prone to some kind of damage. And once your items arrive, all that’s left is that you manage your new warehouse and have a good time!

Now that you’re ready for moving from one warehouse to another, go ahead and get started! We wish you luck with the move and your business in the future.