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Retail & Online Storage

Whether you sell your products online or in a retail store, Warehouse Systems Limited have a huge amount of experience creating solutions to support businesses in the retail industry. We can provide bespoke solutions designed to meet your specific requirements whilst supporting growth and encouraging success. We are very proud of our strong client base in the retail sector, and it would be a privilege to work with you too.

View from upper level retail mezzanine floor

“Our retail mezzanine floors have doubled our space in very short time. WSL provide a fast turnaround. They are very friendly and wonderful people to work with and are always there from start to finish”

Al Murad

Manager

The retail market relies heavily on storage systems being optimised and efficient in order to boost their profits and maintain a reputation for quick product dispatch and organised processes. In the past, retail storage was simply about storing products in bulk, prior to being shipped to stores for sale. However, over the past couple of decades, the internet has changed the industry completely, with online sales now making up almost 20% of the retail market. Warehouse facilities are being asked to do more than ever before, with distribution being a key factor in retail storage.

In addition, there are a number of retail outlets that efficiently combine storage and sales. Space can be optimised using a mezzanine floor that customers can access, or a separate pallet racking storage area that is not accessible to customers.

Warehouse Systems Limited is vastly experienced in every aspect of retail and online storage and distribution – from racking and shelving, to retail mezzanine floors and warehouse distribution areas.

how we help

What We Do

Pallet Racking Specialists

While standard pallet racking is the most common storage option, WSL are experts in all types of racking including cantilever racking designed to hold long items, mobile racking that can optimise storage, or bulk product storage in high density systems such as drive-in or double deep racking. Depending on the type of product stored and the access requirements, WSL can advise on the best racking type for each client.

Finding Items – Beam Labels

It is vital for retail facilities to keep a correct inventory of products and to be able to find them quickly and easily. In conjunction with leading suppliers, WSL can assist you in the creation of the right warehouse management system (or WMS). This can, depending on the size and complexity of your operation can be anything from automated product scanning on conveyor systems feeding information into a centralised network down to simply supplying and fitting pallet racking beam labels – allowing products to be clearly traced by location and amount.

Mezzanine Experts

In addition to racking, WSL have years of expertise at building and installing mezzanine floors. These are manufactured in a top spec Leeds based production facility, and are CE rated throughout the building process. With 30 years of experience, and a dedicated manufacturing and in-house inspection team, quality can be assured throughout the process. Mezzanine floors are an ideal solution for multiple different applications within the retail and online sector.

Retail Outlets

In recent years WSL has been asked to design and install multiple mezzanine floors for retail outlets; either to expand the existing sales floor, to create a showroom, or to use as offices above a sales floor for employees. When mezzanines will be accessed by large numbers of people, different regulations will become relevant. For a floor open to the general public, disabled access and more restrictive fire regulations will have to be considered. WSL are familiar with all relevant legislation and can incorporate the correct number of access points and any required fire safety considerations into the design. Read one of our retail mezzanine floor case studies to find out more.

The Perfect Design

Specialist WSL designers speak to warehouse managers and business owners to understand the requirements of a project.

The earlier in the planning stages that WSL can be involved, the better – as our qualified team can advise on structural aspects such as aisle width, fire regulations, and access points. However, even when a storage facility is already established, WSL can step in and help to adapt storage to be more efficient.

The design process will look at issues such as what the facility is to be used for, the processes that will be required, the amount of product to be stored and the number of personnel that will be working at any one time. They will then develop the best design (or in some cases, several designs, to offer options that can be selected from.)

Fulfilment and Distribution Centres

Many warehouses now are not only storing products that will be shipped out in bulk to stores around the country, but will also be posting individual items to online customers. WSL has experience in adapting warehouses to include picking and packing areas. The design needs to feature the ideal balance of storage and access.

For example, sections of the warehouse can have narrow aisle racking installed, to take advantage of warehouse height by creating storage with very high racks and narrow aisles. This can be combined with picking areas, where everything is accessible at ground level and shoulder height, with plenty of aisle width for personnel to move around and access items.

A mezzanine is also an excellent option for fulfilment and distribution centres. Mezzanines can be strategically placed above low height picking areas, so that no space is lost from the bulk storage area of the warehouse. They are ideal for an office area or a packing area and WSL can provide a wide range of options for mezzanine storage.

Smart Shelving Professionals

WSL can help you to maximize all potential storage space with smart shelving systems perfect for safely and effectively storing your smaller, none-palletized items. Very quick and easy to assemble, this cost effective solution is not only versatile in that it can be adapted to suit your changing needs it can be multi-tiered with various walkways at different levels should you want to maximise the height or reduce the footprint of your facility. 

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What Sets Us Apart

With 30 years of experience working alongside retail companies to provide storage solutions and mezzanine floors, WSL is the ideal company to give a client confidence in overseeing an entire project. Through listening to how your retail business operates and understanding your goals, we will create a solution which not only meets your exact requirements but allows your business to grow.

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