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What is Warehouse Turnover & Why is it Important?

‘Turnover’ can mean many different things, from movement of employees to the money a business makes, but when it comes to warehouses and distribution centres, there is a different meaning to the term, and we’re on hand to explain it all to you. As well as the effects turnover can have on warehouse operations, we’ll also be telling you how you can improve logistics and overall efficiency throughout your business.

What is warehouse turnover?

Regardless of whether your turnover is referring to a warehouse or not, there are three main definitions of ‘turnover’:

  1. The rate at which existing and prospective employees leave and join the business
  2. The amount of money a business makes over a certain period of time
  3. The speed at which goods and stock are being replenished or shipped out from a warehouse or distribution centre

The third point is extremely important when it comes to the warehouse and distribution sectors as it can affect the type of storage systems a business uses in order to be as productive as possible.

As well as storage systems, it can also have an impact on the material handling equipment being used, the number of workers available and the type of warehouse building and facilities that need to be acquired, all of which can affect the way in which the business is run.

What effect does turnover have on warehouse operations?

When it comes to replenishing and shipping out goods, a warehouse will naturally have a higher turnover in comparison to a warehouse that houses and distributes non-perishables, such as stationery, DVDs, lightbulbs, electronics and white goods, to name a few.

Warehouses that ship out food will have to do so at a rapid rate, all before the food expires. But this also means that they’ll be restocking as quickly as they’re distributing, making for an extremely busy, fast-paced way of working for warehouse employees.

As such, business owners will find themselves investing in larger premises, extra staff and, most notably, a fleet of reliable warehouse equipment to help get the job done. Essentially, the higher the warehouse turnover is, the more busy operations become.

How can a forklift improve warehouse turnover?

Even if there is an incredibly high turnover, there are still ways to speed that up even more, and that’s with the help of robust, high-quality material handling equipment. By investing in machinery such as this, you’ll be able to:

  • Improve efficiency
  • Boost productivity
  • Increase cycle times
  • Ensure your workers’ safety

If a warehouse is particularly busy and fast-moving, then the manager may wish to invest in equipment dedicated to speeding up the overall process, such as electric forklifts, LP gas forklifts, reach trucks and even powered pallet trucks. But if a warehouse is slower paced, then the manager may prefer to purchase more bespoke machinery, like VNA forklifts, order pickers and multi-directional forklifts.

Specialist equipment, designed specifically for navigating through certain situations, will enable warehouse employees to:
  • Operate a forklift in narrow spaces
  • Manoeuvre equipment in areas where space is limited
  • Be able to lift and carry varying loads, using a forklift, in tight spaces
  • Drive the forklift safely whilst being aware of others on the ground
Whether your warehouse is fast or slow-paced, you’ll be able to vastly improve overall business operations with the help of material handling equipment from us here at Charnwood Lift Trucks.

Here’s how Charnwood Lift Trucks can help you today

We have an extensive range of warehouse equipment available for you to purchase or hire, allowing you to increase efficiency and productivity throughout your warehouse. The high-quality, sturdy machines and equipment we have on offer, all with the potential to help business operations run as smoothly as possible, no matter what industry you work in, include:
  • Diesel forklifts
  • Electric forklifts
  • LP gas forklift
  • VNA forklifts
  • Multi-directional forklifts
  • Reach trucks
  • Stackers
  • Pallet trucks
  • Warehouse racking
  • Mezzanine floors
You’ll also be able to choose from a wide range of some of the industry’s most renowned, trusted manufacturers, so you’ll be able to count on us to provide you with quality, high-calibre equipment that can always be relied upon. The brands we have available include:
  • Mitsubishi
  • Aisle-Master
  • CombiLift
  • JCB
  • Caterpillar
  • Heli
  • Hyster
  • Linde
  • Toyota

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For more information about how we can help you today, get in touch with a member of our knowledgeable, professional team – we’re always on hand to provide our customers with expert advice and unrivalled service every single time.