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How to Plan Your Successful Warehouse Relocation

How to Plan Your Successful Warehouse Relocation

Everyone goes through a move at some point and knows how stressful it can be, so consider that stress is multiplied when doing a business relocation. A good warehouse removalist in Melbourne will take most of this stress away but it’s helpful to plan and be prepared in order to make your warehouse relocation as smooth as possible.

These days, your warehouse is a key component of your supply chain. No longer just a storage space, they need to be efficient, productive and cost effective. Your Melbourne warehouse relocation may be a disruptive force in your day-to-day business so the experts at ABR Relocations have collated some tips to help you.

Set Aside Time for Planning and Organisation

Most of your employees are already operating at full capacity so adding the warehouse relocation to their agenda can be a headache. Come together as a team to delegate tasks and draw up a plan for the relocation. Consider where the inventory will go after the move. Are you moving to a larger space or downsizing? This requires a lot of foresight and organisation but it will be beneficial to the team in the long run and make for a much easier Melbourne warehouse relocation.

Maintain Good Communication With Your Team 

Make everyone aware of the upcoming warehouse relocation. As it’s a stressful experience, it’s important to know how this will affect the duties of each member of staff. Make sure all the vital points are covered, let everyone know the moving dates in advance and also their responsibilities on the day. It’s vital not to leave anything to the last minute as this could impact the move itself. Having everyone involved in your Melbourne warehouse removal means there’s less chance of anything or anyone being left behind.

Pallet Racking and Shelving

Another critical thing to consider is whether you’re installing new shelving or bringing the existing fittings? Do you need to move the stock separately or all together? For a smoother transition, ABR can perform a staged relocation – packing, dismantling racking/shelving and re-installation in your new premises so that you can be operational faster.

Required Timings

Try to be realistic with the delegated responsibilities and times required. It’s likely that you want your business to continue operations whilst the warehouse relocation takes place. This may not be possible but if you can identify a period of downtime in which to complete the move, this will minimise disruption to the everyday workings of your warehouse staff. Don’t assume that the move can be done along with peoples’ daily warehousing duties. Allocate project managers for the move as well as management resources on both sides of the move, ensuring that it all flows smoothly. Always allow buffer time in case of any unexpected issues that arrive (fit out delays etc.)

Take Stock

Before you start the huge job of moving your entire inventory, take stock and ensure everything is accounted for. It’s also a good time to remove anything no longer required – the last thing you want is to move old stock that won’t be used. Have a good clean out – it will reduce the time, money and energy used in your warehouse relocation.

The Right Equipment

A word with the experts will inform you on what specialist equipment is required for your Melbourne warehouse removal. It’s easy to think about large equipment like forklifts but not always obvious that other equipment may be required for safe dismantling or transport of hazardous or dangerous materials. A site inspection with your relocation expert will highlight the need for these items and ABR relocations offer this service on all warehouse moves.

ABR relocations have been specialising in warehouse removal in Melbourne for over 20 years. Call 03 9706 4008 to speak to one of our Move Managers now.



  • Amplifier

    ABR Relocations recently moved our company into new offices and the process was easy, problem-free and within a welcomed (and earlier than expected) timeframe. The staff were professional and friendly, the tapeless boxes were very convenient and overall, the relocation was painless for all staff. Thank you!

    Cathy Fowler – Office Manager
  • City of Greater Bendigo

    The City of Greater Bendigo engaged ABR Relocations after an exhaustive selection process…based on recommendations by other libraries, Public Records of Victoria, economic value and the ability to perform the relocation within our time frame.

    Jim Weymouth – Project Manager
  • Dahlsens Building Centres

    We recently contracted ABR to move our offices from Malvern East to Notting Hill. The price quoted was fair but more importantly the service was very good and the workers were friendly and obliging. ABR has delivered everything they promised and went out of their way to deliver the little extras we forgot. We highly recommend ABR to anyone needing to move.

    John Dahlsen, Chairman – JC Dahlsen PTY LTD
  • Department Of Human Services

    I was very impressed with the Tapeless Boxes™ that you use and they certainly are very durable, easy to pack, unpack and move around.They were the most polite & helpful removalists, that I, and others who were on site at the start of the move, have come across. The way in which you moved computers and equipment, and padded the door and stairways was very impressive and I believe with the information you provided us prior to the move enabled it all to go very well.

    Lorraine Hamilton, Office Manager
  • Marks & Clerk Australia

    We recently had occasion to use ABR Relocations following a relocation of the office. They were impressive from the outset. ABR were more than happy to coordinate the move with not only our staff, but also the company in charge of the fit out of our new office. On the day of the move they were a pleasure to work with and had a "can do" attitude. They also worked over the weekend to ensure that we would have a fresh start in our new office in the next week. Following the move ABR continued to assist us with a number of matters. Overall the whole removal process was made easy by the efficiency of ABR's staff and moving guide. We would not hesitate at all to recommend ABR for any removal needs.

    Glen Littlejohn, Office Manager
  • Monash University

    Can I please pass on our thanks to your team for the great job done in our move today in the VC’s office, which was absolutely seamless. Vanessa and I were impressed by the fact that despite it being in the middle of a working day, your team managed to get it done without any interruption to our work.

    Damien Farrell, Director – Government and External Relations
  • Motion & Control - NSK

    I am pleased to recommend the company, ABR Relocations.
    Shifting 2500 pallets of bulk stock and 10,000 boxes of stock from our 2 storey mezzanine structure was always going to be logistically challenging when coordinating with another contractor responsible for the disassemble and re-assembly of the existing racking system. With constant questioning from the ABR team, our confidence in their ability to get the job done was justified. Job completed in 15 days. Well done.

    Bruce Lees – Marketing and Sales Support Manager
  • Singleton Ogilvy & Mather

    With a merger there are so many variables and so many things that can go amiss, so many little details that need to be addressed and thought through. We needed a relocation company that covered all these areas and more. You came up trumps! From the very first contact your courteous and co-operative manner and style shone through, to the well thought out move and eventual relocation, your efficiency was second to none.

    Roger Clifton, Senior Management Partner
  • Tattersalls

    Your staff were the most co-operative I have had the pleasure of working with during many relocations undertaken by Tattersalls. The innovative methods employed by your company, certainly contributed to our staff having a minimum of loss of production. No computer equipment or property was damaged during the move, which I am sure was due to your methods. Due to the quality of services, your company has been appointed as Tattersalls’ preferred supplier for any future relocation work.

    Baxter Henderson, Purchasing & Property Manager
  • Tattersalls

    I think the most rewarding sight I have seen for a while was on the Monday morning following the first move.Seeing the whole office complex set up as if the occupants had been in residence the previous Friday, and then watching people starting work with intact desks and filing cabinets, phone and computers within half an hour of arriving at work.This is not only a big productivity issue, but also a big morale booster for all the staff involved. Busy, properly motivated people become quite annoyed when they have to perform unproductive tasks.The ABR methods reduced this to an absolute minimum.

    John Hoey, Project Manager
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