Unfortunately, some warehouse fit-out projects fail. Worse yet, there are many reasons why and how this can happen.
On a far more positive note, all of these mistakes, mishaps and failures are avoidable. The trick is to recognise them on the horizon rather than in hindsight.
To help those tasked with doing exactly that, here are just 5 of the most common reasons why warehouse fit-out projects fail.
- Poor Planning
Poor planning is worth covering first and foremost because it is probably the single most common reason why a warehouse fit-out fails in one regard or every regard at worst.
As is very simply and clearly stated by experts in the field, Acorn Warehouse Solutions Ltd: ‘Without a cohesive plan, the project can easily become muddled and chaotic as the various elements begin to overlap and interfere with each other. This can easily be avoided with proper planning from the outset.’
- Thinking Short Cuts Exist
Otherwise known as corner cutting, even being tempted to look for or seek out so called ‘short cuts’ when planning something as big and as potentially dangerous as a warehouse re-fit is in itself to show proverbial cracks that are all too likely to become literal ones if indulged. Suffice to say, when those cracks in a manager, business or warehouse owner’s approach manifest themselves physically, the results can be catastrophic.
Warehouses are already the 2nd most likely place where an injury, accident or fatality is likely to occur when working in the logistic industry, and trails behind first place by only 3%, to cite data provided directly from the most recent (and provisional) Logistics Industry Report published by the HSE and UK Government.
Warehouse owners have a responsibility to ensure this figures keep dropping, not least to their employees first and foremost. Meanwhile, being careless or failing to have the due respect for a project of such scale, could realistically result in injuries or even fatalities.
Lack of Leadership
There is not a warehouse fit-out project to have been successfully completed without having a project manager who is fit for the job of making the project work.
This statement can of course be argued with, but it is far better to hear it, accept it and heed it. After all, those who don’t do not only stand to lose money, time and energy arguing; go ahead with a warehouse re-fit without a strong project manager and you could lose everything, and quite literally.
Then, ahead of setting anything in stone (metaphorically or otherwise), ensure you have already found the right manager for your warehouse refit project by giving the LinkedIn website advice provided via the article: 10 Qualities of an Effective Project Manager a going over. After all, whilst doing so will take minutes, it could just make or break your project.
Too Much Leadership
Equally as dangerous and detrimental to the success of a warehouse re-fit project as having too few leaders or too little leadership is having too many or too much. In fact, this is one of the leading reasons warehouse re-fits go wrong, or far over shoot either or both their schedule and budget.
The time wasted whilst managers, leaders and those who want to take control butt heads cannot be reclaimed. Neither can the money nor effort lost. Further, this is one easily avoided situation which is far harder to remedy once created.
Hence, prevent it from happening before it does by ensuring to set in place a clear and carefully thought-out chain of command. This will ensure everybody knows their place.
Failing to Make the Most of the Potential Space Available
Even those who affect and complete a warehouse fit-out with military precision and without breaking either the budget or timeframe (if any re-fit ever runs this smoothly) can fail to make the most of the potential space available.
Not only is this easily done, but it is something likely to happen to some extent if ideas are not discussed openly, opportunities to explore alternatives are denied and egos or just impatience enter the mix.