Navigating the LEZ while maximising efficiency and productivity can be difficult. Here are our top tips for optimising your warehouse and machinery.
We’ve worked with a number of clients who have premises in London’s Low-Emission Zone (LEZ) to help them to optimise their warehouse and machinery to suit a low-emission environment and maximise the use of their space.
If you are in the LEZ, you don’t want to have huge, sprawling premises. It’s too expensive. So, you need to make the most of the space you have and maximise efficiency. And you also need to make sure that your equipment is as environmentally-friendly and green as possible.
Here’s how you can lower emissions and maximise efficiency in your warehouse:
Restructure your warehouse
If you want to make the most of your space, making your aisles more narrow is a fantastic way to do that. Narrow aisle means more racking in the same warehouse, which negates the need to move to bigger premises or extend your existing premises. When space is limited, this excellent solution allows for aisle widths as narrow as 1.8 metres. We can provide this service for you, creating a bespoke layout that suits your business.
Use narrow-aisle machinery
Using narrow-aisle machinery can ensure that you can maximise efficiency within your newly-restructured space, so you don’t have to compromise on productivity. Pallets can generally be stored and retrieved more quickly than with conventional racking, because of the way narrow aisle trucks work. Aisle widths of even less than 1.8m are possible using ‘very narrow aisle’ (VNA) trucks which usually require a guidance system (wire, rail). From forklifts, to reach trucks, to order pickers, there are a number of great narrow-aisle models available for every use. You could also consider using a narrow-aisle truck which is multi-purpose, so you only need one truck instead of an indoor truck and an outdoor truck. See our Aisle Master range from Combilift on our website here; the AM15 is a great choice.
In addition, all narrow-aisle trucks we supply come with an electric model option, so you can keep emissions low. These are the most popular models of narrow-aisle machinery.
Our whole range of trucks at Welfaux come with an electric option. Electric models are designed to replace the engine trucks and perform the same, if not better. So a key bit of advice – and yes, it is obvious – is to just look to go to Electric rather than to buy an engine-powered truck.
We can provide you with an emissions and fuel-saving calculation to help show the potential saving and impact on the environment from going electric. Please contact us to find out more, or to enquire about how we can help you to optimise your warehouse.