Warehouse Labelling System 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Whether you're running a small warehouse or managing a large distribution centre, having an organised and well-labelled warehouse is crucial for streamlined operations. A well-designed and properly implemented labelling system can improve accuracy, efficiency, safety, and customer satisfaction.

So, whether you're just starting out or looking to improve your current system, keep reading this guide to learn about the importance of a warehouse labelling system and how to implement one in your business.

What is a Warehouse Labelling System?

  1. Definition of Warehouse Labelling:

    A warehouse labelling system refers to the process of labelling and identifying storage locations and products within a warehouse or distribution centre. Warehouse labels can be applied to floors, racks, shelves, bins, and even individual products or pallets to help identify their location and contents.

  2. Importance of Having a Warehouse Labelling System:

    A well-designed warehouse labelling system is essential for ensuring employees can quickly and easily locate products and materials. This not only increases efficiency and productivity but also reduces the likelihood of errors and accidents that can result from misplacing or mishandling items. Moreover, having an effective warehouse labelling system in place can help businesses optimise their space, reducing clutter and improving organisation.

  3. Types of Warehouse Labelling Systems:

    There are several types of warehouse labelling systems, including:

Rack Labels

Rack Labels

Rack labels are typically used to identify individual shelves or bays within storage racks. The labels are often made of polyester, paper, or vinyl, and are often inserted into label or ticket holders for protection against wear and tear. They attach to racking via magnets or adhesive.

Floor Labels

Warehouse floor labels

Floor labels are used to mark aisles, walkways, and traffic lanes within the warehouse. These labels are often made of durable materials like vinyl or polyester, and they may feature arrows, numbers, or symbols to help direct traffic.

Aisle and Bay Markers


Aisle and bay markers are used to identify entire sections of the warehouse or distribution centre. These labels may be attached to the floor or ceiling and may feature numbers, letters, or colour-coded systems.

Pallet Labels

Pallet Labels

Pallet labels are used to identify individual pallets and their contents. These labels may include information like the product name, SKU, lot number, and expiration date.

No matter what type of warehouse labelling system you choose, the goal is to make it easy for employees to locate products and materials quickly and accurately.

Why Your Business Needs a Warehouse Labelling System

  1. Improved Efficiency and Productivity

    By implementing a warehouse labelling system, you can reduce the amount of time and effort employees spend searching for products and materials. This not only increases overall efficiency and productivity but also reduces the likelihood of errors and accidents that can result from misplacing or mishandling items.

  2. Enhanced Safety

    A well-designed warehouse labelling system can also improve safety within the warehouse or distribution centre. By using floor markings, you can outline traffic lanes, walkways, and hazardous areas, which will reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.

  3. Better Space Utilisation

    A warehouse labelling system can also help businesses optimise their space and reduce clutter. By accurately identifying the location of products and materials, you can avoid unnecessary double-handling and ensure items are stored in the most appropriate location. This not only saves time and effort but also helps with organisation efforts and limits the risk of damage to products.

  4. Improved Customer Satisfaction

    Finally, a warehouse labelling system can help businesses enhance customer satisfaction by ensuring orders are fulfilled quickly and accurately. By reducing errors and delays, businesses can increase customer loyalty and drive repeat business.

Overall, implementing a warehouse labelling system can have numerous benefits for businesses of all sizes. Whether you're looking to improve efficiency, enhance safety, or optimise your space, a well-designed labelling system can help you to achieve your goals.

Choosing the Right Warehouse Labels for Your Business

  1. Consider Your Needs

    Before you can choose the right warehouse labels for your business, it's important to consider your specific needs. Ask yourself questions like:

    1. What type of products or materials do we store?
    2. How much space do we have available?
    3. How frequently do we move or rotate inventory?
    4. What kind of traffic flow do we need to accommodate?
    5. What level of security is required for our products?

By understanding your needs and goals, you can choose the right labels to meet your requirements.

  1. Material and Durability

    When choosing warehouse labels, it's important to consider the materials and durability. Labels that will be exposed to harsh environments or frequent handling may require a more durable material such as polyester. Meanwhile, labels for environments which aren’t as demanding may be able to use less expensive materials such as paper or vinyl.

  2. Fixing

    The fixing method used for your warehouse labels is also an important consideration. Self-adhesive labels are designed to be permanent, while labels with magnetic fixings can be easily removed or repositioned as needs require.

  3. Size and Visibility

    Labels that are too small may be difficult to read or may not provide enough information, while labels that are too large may take up too much space. Additionally, labels should be placed in a visible location to ensure employees can quickly and easily locate the information they need.

  4. Customisation and Branding

    Finally, consider whether you need customised labels that include your company logo, branding, or specific product information. Customised labels can help improve brand recognition and make it easier for employees to identify specific products or materials.

By considering these factors and choosing the right warehouse labels for your business, you can ensure your labelling system is effective and efficient.

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Implementing a Warehouse Labelling System

Implementing a warehouse labelling system can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some steps to help you implement a successful labelling system:

  1. Plan Your Layout

    Before you start labelling your warehouse, it's important to plan your layout. Take into consideration the size and shape of your space, the type of products or materials you store, and the traffic flow. This will help you determine the best location for labels and the types of labels you need.

  2. Choose Your Labels

    Once you have a layout plan, it's time to choose your labels. Consider the factors mentioned earlier such as material and durability, fixing, size and visibility, and customisation and branding.

  3. Develop a Labelling Strategy

    Once you’ve chosen your labels, develop a labelling strategy. Decide on the information that will be included on each label such as product information, location information, and safety information. Determine the placement of each label and make sure they’re consistent throughout your warehouse. (And make sure you avoid these top 5 common labelling errors!)

  4. Train Your Employees

    Training employees on your new labelling system is crucial for success. Make sure everyone understands the new labelling strategy and how to read and interpret the labels. This will help improve efficiency and accuracy in your warehouse.

  5. Evaluate, MAINTAIN, AND Update

    Finally, evaluate, maintain, and update your labelling system regularly. This will help you identify any areas for improvement and ensure your system is still meeting your needs and requirements. You can also read our other blog post on maintaining warehouse labelling for more info.

By following these steps, you can implement a successful warehouse labelling system that improves efficiency and productivity in your business.

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In conclusion, a warehouse labelling system is a crucial component of any efficient and well-organised warehouse or distribution centre. By implementing a labelling system tailored to your specific needs and requirements, you can improve efficiency, enhance safety, and optimise your space.

When choosing warehouse labels, it's important to consider factors such as material and durability, fixing, size and visibility, and customisation and branding. By making informed decisions and selecting the right labels for your business, you can ensure your labelling system is effective and efficient.

At Beaverswood, we offer a wide range of warehouse labels to meet your specific needs. From location markers and aisle markers to rack labels and floor labels, our products are designed to help you achieve your goals and streamline your operations.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more helpful tips and insights from our blog!

Beaverswood® Upcoming Exhibitions as part of IWS Group

As part of IWS Group, Beaverswood® will exhibit at two large-scale events in 2023, in the UK and USA respectively.

These exhibitions present a great opportunity for attendees to visit our stands and get hands-on with our products. See the value our products could bring your customers and discuss exciting new reseller opportunities with our friendly team.

ProMat 2023

Stand N6636, McCormick Place, Chicago, March 20th - 23rd

ProMat is a leading trade show for the manufacturing and supply chain industry.

Alongside Lean Inc., USA master distributor, Rack Armour® and Beaverswood® products will be showcased to potential USA resellers. The range includes the world's best-selling upright racking protection solution Rack Armour® (with a proven 800% customer ROI!), warehouse recycling solutions, labelling, visual management signage, and more.

Lean Inc is the master distributor in the USA and is actively looking to onboard more distributors across the USA for both Rack Armour® and Beaverswood® products. We will have several representatives from Lean Inc, Rack Armour®, and Beaverswood® on our stand, ready to explain how these innovative products can best support your organisation.

Safety and Health Expo 2023

Stand SH1650, Excel, London, UK, May 16th - 18th

Safety and Health Expo is the UK's largest dedicated event for health and safety. The show empowers health and safety leaders to shape healthier, safer, more productive and hazard-free working environments.

IWS Group returns to Safety and Health Expo to showcase innovative services, products, and solutions for the logistics, material handling, and industrial sectors in the UK and beyond. These range from planning, manufacture, and installation of racking and storage systems to warehouse labelling, floor marking, impact protection products, and more.

Joining the stand for the first time will be recent acquisition Anco Storage, the leading exclusively trade supplier of storage equipment. Its high-quality storage systems will be presented, some of which are highly versatile and simple to erect, boasting a build time of just 10 minutes.

Familiar faces will also make a reappearance as Beaverswood®, Brandsafe, and Rack Group return to display their products and solutions.

Beaverswood®, a leading manufacturer of visual management solutions, will be on hand to showcase its latest products to potential resellers, such as the award-winning racksack® mini. This is a smaller version of the original racksack® waste segregation solution, perfect for shelving, smaller racking areas, and workbenches, picking stations, desks, and more. Additionally, Modulean® rack end shadow boards, an innovative way to transform redundant end-of-aisle racking space into working space, will be displayed. All of this, plus Beaverswood®’s well-known offering of high-quality warehouse labels, aisle and bay markers, document display, and floor marking, will be on show.

Brandsafe, Europe’s leading provider of high-visibility impact protection and safety solutions, will be showcasing its traffic management and pedestrian safety products. This innovative range is being continuously developed, with all products designed to sustainably protect people, assets, and buildings from impact damage. One such range is the full impact polymer barrier range which requires no maintenance and uniquely absorbs impact to reduce barrier and floor repairs plus vehicle damage. Brandsafe also offers project consultation, bespoke design, professional installation, and ongoing support services for warehouse fit-outs. Brandsafe’s team of on-site installation engineers are highly qualified, skilled, and efficient, completing projects in the quickest, safest, and least disruptive manner possible across the UK and Europe.

IWS Group will also exhibit the world’s best-selling upright protection solution: Rack Armour®, which the business group designs and manufactures. Made from ballistics-grade plastic, the outer shell of Rack Armour® is shaped to divert impact energy around the rack leg instead of through it. Any remaining impact energy is absorbed by the interior foam until it’s diffused. This twin action protection uniquely helps maintain the structural integrity of the racking system – which saves tens of thousands of pounds in damage repair costs. IWS Group will be happy to discuss reseller opportunities for this fantastic product.

Huge value can be found in the combined strengths of all brands working together as part of IWS Group, and representatives from each business will be happy to discuss specific offerings as well as group-wide opportunities and projects.

Don't forget to book an appointment with us!

We're thrilled to exhibit at such well-known events and can't wait to showcase our products and solutions to these exciting markets.

If you'd like to have a more in-depth chat with a Beaverswood® representative at any of these shows, please book an appointment beforehand. Simply give us a call, drop us an email or click on the link below.

T: 0118 979 6096
E: sales@beaverswood.co.uk

For media enquiries, please contact marketing@beaverswood.co.uk

2022 Roundup

Today is the last working day of 2022 before our offices close for the festive break – and what a year it’s been!

We’ve been even busier beavers than usual, with product launches, exhibitions, improved internal processes, new team members, and even a whole new sister company in Anco Storage Equipment Ltd.

So, how do you wrap up a fantastic year in 5 points? We think we’ve figured it out…

2022 Highlights

We launched the newest member of our racksack® family – the racksack® mini! This small yet mighty product is attracting a lot of attention, including winning a Best Business Award for Best New Product (Less than 2 years old), and coming second for New Product of the Year at the BOSS Federation Awards 2022.

2022 also saw the release of our new self-adhesive angled ticket holders, a great addition to our comprehensive tickets and labelling range.

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Our parent company, IWS Group, acquired Anco Storage Equipment Ltd, the largest trade-only supplier of storage solutions in the UK. This acquisition will enhance our offering, allowing us to provide a whole new category of products and services available to you (watch this space!)

Meet Anco Logo

We have a new beaver at the helm – Stephanie Gentle has taken on the role of Managing Director this year, which we couldn’t be more delighted about!

And last, but certainly not least, we’ve welcomed Ian, Jane, and Lizzie to the Beaverswood® team this year – supporting our growing business across the UK and Europe while delivering excellent customer care.

Three People

2023 and Beyond!

  • A brand-new website, providing an enhanced user experience, will be launched in early 2023.
  • A new and improved issue of the Beaverswood® catalogue is in the works – keep your eyes peeled!
  • We’ll be exhibiting at various headline events in the UK, Europe, and the USA, such as SHEXPO, LogiMAT, and PROMAT. Hopefully, we’ll see you there!
  • We’re constantly innovating and looking for ways to provide more value to our customers – so get ready to see great new products and categories from us in 2023.

Please note our offices will be closed between 23rd December – 3rd January.

Enjoy the festive season 🎄

Team Beaverswood (and Chipper!)

New Self-Adhesive Angled Ticket Holders

We’re excited to launch our latest and greatest product: Self-adhesive angled ticket holders!

As their name suggests, these holders hang at an angle from the shelf to ensure optimum visibility, allowing operatives or customers to get a clear view of the information within.

This nifty new addition to the Beaverswood® labelling range provides a great alternative to traditional flat labels – no more climbing or bending to read or scan labels!

Benefits and Features:

Clear Identification

Angled to provide maximum visibility to easily read and scan labels, even on the lowest shelves.

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Durable Material

Manufactured from clear PVC, suited to the rigours of industrial workplace environments.

Simple Fixing

Comes with a strong adhesive tape strip to attach to the top of the shelf.

Angled Ticket Markers Simple Fixing
Angled Ticket Markers Clear Identification Easy To Load

Easy to Load

Simply pull forward the front and add inserts as needed.

Supplied with blank white card inserts (pre-printed inserts can also be supplied with alpha-numeric sequences and barcodes).

Ideally suited for warehouses, retail, supermarkets, or anywhere else there is a requirement to display product locations, information, barcodes, or pricing.

And with the Beaverswood® name to them, you can be sure of the quality, longevity, and ease of use of these ticket holders!

RefAngleSize (H x W)Pack
ATHS210106o26mm x 100mm100
ATHS220106o26mm x 200mm50
ATHS310126o39mm x 100mm100
ATHS320126o39mm x 200mm50

If you’d like to become a reseller of this product, or for any further details or enquiries, please get in touch!

📧 sales@beaverswood.co.uk
📞 +44 (0)1189 796 096

Writings on the Racking: A Guide on Rack Labels

The layout and organisation of a warehouse is critical to smooth operations. After all, a lack of order can create operational delays which ultimately hurt your bottom line.

So how to go about creating order from chaos? As with many things (we’re kidding, it’s mainly just this thing) shelf and racking labels are king.

Fortunately, warehouse solutions don’t get much easier either. In this guide, we’ll cover the benefits of rack labels and explain how to implement them like a strategic wizard (or beaver, in Chipper’s case).

We also happen to have everything you could ever hope and dream for (in terms of warehouse labels and identification) for you to peruse at your leisure once you’re done reading!

Why Use Rack Labels?

There are three main benefits to racking labels:

  • Locating items is quicker and easier. Your workers will thank you for this! With a nifty scan of a barcode, workers can instantly locate the aisle and rack number of products. And, with the time saved from otherwise going on a wild goose chase, they’ll be able to up efficiency and locate and pick more products in a set period. Not only this but pick accuracy will be hugely improved. It’s a win-win all around!
  • It will make your warehouse work smarter, not harder. We can all agree bottlenecks are an absolute nightmare, leading to operational delays and lost time. Rack labelling improves product flow by eliminating some of these bottlenecks, such as workers losing time trying to find an item.
  • They’re a simple, cost-effective solution! Using warehouse rack labels is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to improve the efficiency of your business. They’re not a huge investment and yet bring powerful benefits, as mentioned above.

How to Implement Warehouse Rack Labels

Divide and Conquer

The first step on your journey to effective warehouse labelling is to assess your warehouse floor plan. By doing so, you can see how many divisions, bays, and racks you’re working with. Not only that, but you can see what stock you’ve got and where it should be.

Also bear in mind, if racks are split into smaller sections or bins, you’ll need labelling for each section rather than the whole racking unit.

A simple warehouse inventory hierarchy might look something like this:

  • Aisle number
  • Vertical section identification
  • Level number
  • Pallet position

Warehouse Identification and Picking Method

If it isn’t already, you’ll need to organise your stock and equipment into their rightful places as per your warehouse floor plan. Once done, you’re ready to use racking labels to identify items!

There are lots of different ways this can be done. We’re talking warehouse barcoding, colour-coding, simple sequential coding, the list goes on (and we supply them all)! The most important thing is to be consistent and select a warehouse labelling system that works for your business.

The best way to make such a decision is to understand the way items are selected in your warehouse (i.e., the picking technique). The two most popular methods are:

  • Standard – products are labelled in a parallel structure, meaning labelling is sequential in each row. Workers go from location to location and may have to double back in order to pick all their inventory.
  • Serpentine – new shelves of products pick up closest to where the last shelf left off. This means workers can weave around the closest corner of the next shelf to continue picking, rather than walk an entire shelf length for the next product. This eliminates the issue of double-backing!

Label From the Floor Up

If you have more than one level of racking, you should label from the bottom up and begin by labelling the row nearest the floor something like “01”, the second row “02”, and… you get the idea! Using double digits is also recommended as it futureproofs your rack labelling system in the event you add more rack levels.

P.S. We can’t sing the praises of Multi-Level/Totem Pole rack labels more highly. These display a vertical stack of separate barcodes close to ground level, so workers can locate and scan different levels of shelving without needing to use long-range barcode scanning. If you use colour-coded labels, each barcode can also be matched with a colour bar.

Rack Labelling Materials

  • Magnetic Rack Labels – these are perfect for when you need a rack label that can be easily removed and switched to a different location. They’re also great for cold environments as they don’t fall off or become illegible.

  • Self-Adhesive Rack Labels – these can come in a variety of materials, be it polyester or paper or vinyl, and provide a very cost-effective, permanent solution for ambient room temperature warehousing.

  • Block Out Rack Labels – if you already have self-adhesive labels affixed to your racking but need to replace them, we’re sorry to say they can prove very tricky to get off! If you use thin paper to cover over the old label, barcode scanners may pick up the code on the label behind. For this reason, block out rack labels are a wise choice as the material is thicker to ensure the old code can’t be mistakenly scanned. They can be supplied either plain or with the code already printed on.

Always speak to the rack label manufacturer to discuss labelling options that are best suited to your needs (psst… we’re always happy to take a call on 0118 979 6096 or answer an email!)

It’s also worth noting that for rack label products used in harsh, industrial environments where they may be subjected to scratches (from forklifts, for example) there are ticket and label holders which can be used to protect the barcode label and extend its lifespan.

Only the Best Rack Labels for Your Warehouse!

If you’re investing in a rack labelling solution to make your warehouse run like clockwork, it makes sense to use high-quality labels that will stand the test of time.

You should choose a rack label manufacturer or supplier who has experience with warehouse identification solutions. This is especially true with warehouse barcoding, as you need to ensure the quality of the label is high enough that the barcode can be scanned successfully and easily.

Although we’re a bit biased, we think Beaverswood is one of your best bets for reliable warehouse identification advice and quality rack labels to kit out your warehouse. We have over 35 years of experience in this category, backed up by the highest levels of customer service and after-sales support.

Check out our warehouse labels or get in touch:

T: 0118 979 6096

E: sales@beaverswood.co.uk

The Best Way to Make Use of your Rack-End Space

Introducing a complete space-saving warehouse rack-end solution!

Warehouse space is at a premium in the UK and Europe due to soaring demand. As such, businesses must find smart solutions to do more with less and maximise their warehouse space utilisation.

Fortunately, we have just the thing! Our recently launched Modulean® Rack End Boards are an innovative way to use otherwise redundant end-of-aisle racking space. Not only this, but they’re the perfect complement to many of our other rack-end products, such as racksack®, rack end barriers, half-circle floor markers, weight load notices, and aisle markers.

Let’s take a closer look at each product in detail, shall we? 


Modulean® Rack End Boards

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Our innovative Modulean® range takes away the need (and the headache!) for custom shadow boards. The ingenious range of standard boards can be used widely across the workplace, removing a great deal of expense and time associated with purchasing shadow boards.

And where better to utilise Modulean® than at the end of aisle racking?

Be gone dead space! Now there’s a nifty Modulean® shadow board incorporating sanitising, cleaning, first aid, or fire safety products instead (all of which come supplied, displayed, and ready to go)! We’ve also got you covered if you’d prefer a rack end board with a simple whiteboard or racksack® affixed instead.

Not to mention each board comes with a title frame, fixings, and a weight load notice to help you comply with regulations. And every board is available with either single or double aisle markers (in the form of our best seller frames4docs®, no less).

So, that’s it! One product, one complete end-of-aisle racking solution to make your warehouse work smarter.

But the clever space-saving solutions don’t stop there. Let’s introduce you to racksack®!


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racksack® is the original market-leading solution for waste segregation. Designed to save valuable floor space and simplify what can sometimes be a complicated and laborious process, this mighty family of products delivers a sustainable, tidier, and more productive workplace.

So how does it work?

We supply racksack® with S hooks (or you can purchase a bungee loop, or wall-mounted hook for the racksack® mini). This makes racksack® easy to secure wherever it needs to go – whether that be on a rack end, trolley, or roll cage. Once hung, racksack® has a large open mouth (which we lovingly refer to as a frog mouth) to easily receive waste. However, its cleverly tapered design enables it to hardly encroach into the floor area. You can also easily empty racksack®, thanks to the three strong handles woven into each side.

Simple, right?

Take a look at the growing range to see if anything takes your fancy (we bet at least one racksack® will catch your eye!), or continue reading to explore the wonderful world of rack-end barriers!

Rack-End Barriers

Adding a Modulean® and racksack® to the end of your aisle racking is all well and good (in fact, we highly recommend it). However, the safety of your staff and the security of your stock should always come first. And this is a task our range of rack-end barriers excels at!

In a nutshell, rack-end barriers protect racking from potential collisions. They ensure vehicles don’t impact your racking but instead deflect off the barrier.

Manufactured from a flexible HDPE polymer with a foam diffuser, our rack-end barriers flex and absorb upon impact due to their unique design. They’re also highly visible to personnel, which acts as a deterrent before an impact even occurs. Not only this, but they’re super quick and simple to install with all fixings provided.

No rack-end is complete without adequate protection. In fact, we believe rack-end barriers are a health and safety must in warehouse environments!

So once you have your rack-end barriers installed and your racking protected, scroll down to learn about half-circle floor markers.

Half-Circle Floor Markers

This is going to be short and sweet!

Our half-circle floor graphic markers can be used underneath our racksack® range, or other bins, to highlight waste recycling areas. As such, they’re the perfect addition to your end-of-aisle racking – especially when used in combination with the other rack-end solutions mentioned in this article.

They feature a super-strong, permanent adhesive to stop them from peeling or lifting, even in high-traffic areas. (Seriously – once you’ve stuck them down, they won’t be shifting for love nor money!)

These floor graphic markers are also quick and easy to install compared to traditional marking methods, which makes using them a no-brainer.

Now onwards, to weight load notices! (Which are more exciting than they sound, promise.)

Weight Load Notices

No rack-end is complete without a mandatory weight load notice. These nifty notices provide key information on what weights the racking can hold along with other important safety and maintenance advice.

Which is why we include one with every Modulean® rack-end board! Our weight load notices can be printed with weight limits and information, all you need to do is confirm the details you need printed. If no information is received, we’ll supply blank notices for you to add your own information with a marker pen. 

Incorporating weight load notices is just another way in which our Modulean® rack-end boards make the best use of end-of-aisle racking space.

Now onto our last rack-end solution… aisle markers!

Aisle Markers

We’ve all seen them in IKEA as we frantically try to locate a flat-pack cupboard. Or maybe you’ve been in B&Q, desperately on the hunt for some BBQ charcoal before the warm weather disappears.

Whatever the case, aisle markers are the simplest and most effective way to instantly locate the product you’re looking for. As such, we’ve taken the liberty of adding them to our Modulean® rack-end boards to improve product identification in your warehouse.

Each board is available with either single or double aisle markers in the form of our best seller frames4docs®These make the inserts easy to change and replace as frequently as required.

It really is as simple as that!

And that’s a wrap!

So there you have it – a simple system of complementary rack-end products to transform dead space into working space.

Interested in any of the products (or the whole rack-end solution)? Take a look at the rack-end solutions range or get in touch with one of our busy beavers – we’ll be happy to help!

+44 (0) 118 979 6096


How to speed up warehouse picking

Improved productivity and capacity in the warehouse are key targets for any business. Major investment isn’t always needed when you know how to speed up warehouse picking with cost-effective solutions. So, we’re going to talk about how to speed up warehouse picking

A diverse range of companies now relies on swiftly processing the inventory arriving at their premises, and then being agile in sending finished goods out of their warehouse.

Technology has provided exciting automation options for warehouses, but this requires considerable investment. Fortunately, there are long-standing, proven efficiency aids that are cheap, and easy to use. Ones that can improve productivity and capacity in warehouses when used effectively.

In this article, we look closely at how to speed up warehouse picking, possibly the most prolific activity involved. What traditional warehouse products and systems can you rely on more?

Streamlining warehouse picking

If you look at the activities involved in locating and selecting items from warehouse racking it is easy to see why it’s often the most labour-intensive aspect of a warehouse environment. Especially in large scale or complex fulfilment environments, where time can be wasted if operatives struggle to locate items quickly enough, or correctly.

This is why so many companies have embraced automation in warehouse picking, to speed up this essential task and reduce errors. This can also make it possible to introduce more multi-layered and double-sided racking too.

However, even using the latest technology, errors can still occur and there can be an unwelcome ripple effect if incorrect items go all the way to the customer! It could even be argued that the quicker you pick with autonomous equipment, the more likely mistakes become.

What you need – as the saying goes – is “more speed, less haste”.

Easy fixes for warehouse picking challenges

Many of the issues busy warehouses face come down to the systems they use to store and then locate items. It can be as basic as using a clear, strategic inventory database, integrated with consistent warehouse labelling and signage.

If you have a legacy system or a warehouse that has evolved, changed or become busier, you may need to review the entire layout.

Or, you may be able to solve a lot of problems by introducing and new and improved labelling system for aisles, racks, shelves and pallets. There are now inexpensive warehouse labelling products that can suit both human and autonomous picking activities. More on this later.

More ways to speed up warehouse picking

Other efficiency improvements for warehousing include:

– Constantly refreshed training and communication, to help employees locate items more smoothly.

– Time and motion studies to check whether pedestrians, off-road vehicles and warehouse machinery are all flowing around the site efficiently. Would new directional signage help facilitate this?

– Stocking up on more auxiliary products that support warehouse picking such as bins, totes, and ingenious rack sacks that boost efficiency.

– Spot checks to see if picking strategies are appropriate, and being used effectively by everyone in the team.

How to speed up warehouse picking with labels and signs

This is undoubtedly the simplest and most low-cost way to improve warehouse efficiency and capacity. It is vital to regularly reassess – and update – warehouse labels and signs, and ensure the system used matches your software listings flawlessly.

Even when you buy good quality safety and directional signs and markers, they will need to be regularly assessed. This would evaluate if floor markings are degrading, for example, but also if other wall and floor signs have been blocked, or impacted by a change in layout.

Holding a good stock of safety and directional signs, directional signs, stickers and tapes will ensure you can quickly replace signalling that supports the flow of your warehouse.

It also makes sense to hold stocks of magnetic labels and shelf holders. These are tried and trusted warehouse labelling products. They also offer you an ideal way to be both versatile and thorough in how you support warehouse picking.

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Help on products to improve warehouse efficiency

With ever-increasing pressure to meet time targets and avoid errors, it can be easy to overlook the basics of how to speed up warehouse picking. Efficiencies can be found by simply taking time out to ‘walk the walk’ and check your signs – from aisles to shelves – are clear and consistent.

Give us a call for help in compiling a complete list of cheap but essential warehouse efficiency aids.

Important Safety Signs Regulations

In a busy workplace, you may start to ‘overlook’ signage and fall short of H&S compliance and risk management targets. Making it important to regularly review safety signs regulations.

Are you fully familiar with current workplace safety signs regulations in the UK? Next, the big question is whether your company is still keeping within the rules, and using the correct signs, in the correct places!

Particularly in complex, busy or ever-changing work environments, this issue is far from straightforward. Also, the global pandemic is the perfect example of how safety signage guidelines and demands can alter!

This article is a guide to important safety sign regulations and outlines the latest products for workplace safety communications and compliance.

Beyond compliance; the value of proper signage

Evaluating how up to date your safety signs are is not just about meeting UK regulations (more on this later).

Of course, the biggest reason safety signs are so important is that they prevent injuries to staff or site visitors. Apart from the duty of care you hold, you could face litigation, fines or loss of reputation, if someone is hurt due to poor safety issue communication.

Safety signs can also help you to avoid problems from structural collisions, accidental damage to sensitive electrical equipment and vehicle repair bills!

However, doing a thorough risk assessment and updating workplace signs also brings a far less tangible benefit. Your staff feel safer!

The presence of highly visible, correct and strategically placed safety signs is reassuring not least in demonstrating how serious you are about employee health and welfare.

Do safety signs work?

The answer is yes, but in a qualified way. This also links with why you must stay up to date with safety sign regulations.

To be truly effective, your workplace safety signage needs to be regularly reviewed, refreshed and updated. This prevents it from becoming ‘invisible’ over time, or literally hard to see due to being blocked, faded or placed in inappropriate locations.

Do you understand the different categories of safety signs?

When you get workplace signage right, it does play a significant role in reducing safety accidents, by drawing attention to hazards or prompting essential actions.

Also, keep in mind it doesn’t replace all the other things you can do to maintain site safety. For example, your site speed restriction signs may need to be accompanied by robust, high vis speed bumps!

Best practice and safety signs regulations

Best practice and safety signs regulations

Ensuring your signage is up to date and truly visible becomes easier when you evaluate it within the context of the latest H&S rules on this topic. The HSE provides a free downloadable guide to help you.

This backs up what we mentioned above: “Safety signs and signals are required where, despite putting in place all other relevant measures, a significant risk to the health and safety of employees and others remains.”

We gave one example of that above, but others include using trip and slip hazard signs in conjunction with specialist flooring and other physical safety management methods.

Other H&S guidelines include:

  • Specific and clear signs for traffic management.
  • Proper maintenance of safety signs.
  • Training for existing and new staff in the meaning of safety signs and any actions they demand.

The best safety signs

We sell high quality and durable safety signs at low prices. However, the focus is still on you placing them in strategic locations.

Even simple safety communication tools such as hi-vis floor tapes and other low-cost H&S stickers need to be placed correctly, to be effective.

For example, informative safety signs should be well spaced out to emphasise visual clarity. Modulean® Shadow Boards are a great way to group safety messages and insights together in an impactful way.

modulean shadow board

Also, floor markers are not always sufficient and you need to source signs that can be mounted on different surfaces, (including ones directed at HGV and LGV drivers).

Safety signs for warehouses and other high-risk areas – such as weight load markers for racking – must be visible at a glance.

There are other tips in our guide to types of safety signage, so this article will be well worth a read. 

Of course, it also helps if you source safety signs designed to deliver maximum clarity and impact, using proven methods of getting attention. Such as incorporating the universal colour coding system for workplace signs.

These are all things we have considered when interpreting safety signs regulations and the needs of modern workplaces. Get in touch with Beaverwood’s workplace product advisors for prices and more product ideas.

Magnetic Letters Vs Self-Adhesive Letters: What’s Best?

Whilst to many what labels to choose seems like a minor part of your business, using clearly visible and informative labelling is an important part of day-to-day efficiency and productivity. To save you time in buying the right labels, here is a quick guide to help you decide whether magnetic letters or self-adhesive letters are the best match for you and your workplace.

Why Do I Need Labels at All?

Clear label and numbering systems are an essential part of workplace running. Labels can be some of the most efficient ways to communicate with your employees in a large workplace, and serve as great reminders for people. Labels can also affect the health and safety of your employees. Here are some more ways that magnetic letters and self-adhesive letters can help you to improve your workplace environment.


Warehouses, for example, need to clearly identify the products they are storing, plus mark out any storage areas. Unclear labelling systems can lead to anything from a client receiving the wrong order, to a contamination of hazardous chemicals. 

Not to mention, easily visible labels can help to improve the speed and efficiency of workers, and prevent them from straining their eyesight on a daily basis. 

Labels are also often used to warn people of dangerous hazards in their workplace, or to remind people of safety procedures and rules. Using ineffective labelling can mean that you are putting your workers health and safety at risk. 

Waste Disposal

Clearly labelled bins make a large statistical difference to whether or not people recycle. If people don’t know how to organise their waste, the majority of waste will end up in landfill. This not only affects your eco footprint, but could also affect your bottom line, due to the cost efficiency of recycling produce. 


A well organised office can increase productivity, and decrease the levels of stress, creating a more positive work environment. Not to mention that searching for those long lost files eats away at your time, and can make your workplace seem inefficient and unprofessional to clients. 

Clearly labelled offices mean that your employees can spend more time working, and less time filing and organising. 

Magnetic Letters Vs Self-adhesive Letters

So what type of letter and number labels should you use? Here are the benefits to both magnetic letters and self-adhesive letters to help you decide which is best for you.

Magnetic Letters

Benefits of Magnetic Letters

Magnetic numbers and letters are an efficient way of labelling your workplace, especially if you have a lot of moving parts in your business. Magnetic letters are labels that attach to any steel surface, making them perfect for warehouse environments with lots of steel racking and shelving. This makes implementing any labelling system fast and easy, minimising the amount of time it takes to organise shelving. 

Magnetic letters are reusable, which makes them perfect for warehouses that have a lot of changes in stock.  The ability to  easily reorganise or move magnetic letters means they are great for labelling temporary storage. 

If you’re unsure of where your labels would be most effective, the  ability to easily move or change magnetic labels allows you to test out different labelling systems easily. This is especially useful if you are implementing something new, such as new sorting bins for recycling.

Benefits of Self-adhesive Letters

Don’t have any steel surfaces in your workplace? No problem. Self adhesive numbers and letters can be applied to any surface. This makes them much more suitable for office use, or warehouses that have wooden shelving. It also means that you can place any safety procedures or hazards warnings in the most visible spot, no matter what the surface you want to label is made out of. 

Although the self adhesive letters are not reusable, they can be easily removed. The self-adhesive letters have a clean peel which leaves no residue, ensuring that you can remove old labels and replace them with new ones without any fuss. 

The self adhesive backing means the letters are easy to use, you don’t need any letter pockets, or sellotape, which makes for easy application.

Overall, taking the time to consider which labels you need in your workplace could benefit your business by increasing people’s productivity and ensuring a safe, clean and positive working environment.

What warehouse recycling sorting bins do you need?

Recycling is one of the easiest ways for a warehouse to become ‘eco friendly’, and can even reduce the cost of waste disposal for your company. This article explains which recycling sorting bins your warehouse needs, to simplify the process of going ‘green’. 

USA Today claims that for most countries, the construction industry generates more than 90% of industrial waste. However, reducing your environmental impact can be as easy as implementing a few simple changes. 

Solely by adding recycling bins to your warehouse floor, you can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint without affecting productivity or the bottom line. 

Types of Waste:

There are 5 key categories of waste produced in a warehouse environment. Identifying which types of waste your warehouse produces is the first step to determining which warehouse waste segregation bins you may need to provide. The  key categories of waste are:

• Organic matter

• Glass/Metal/Plastic

• Paper/cardboard

• Hazardous and Toxic materials

• Residue (such as soiled and wet materials.)

For most warehouses, the common sources of these Inventory waste, Packaging waste, Transport waste and Motion waste, and the most common types of recyclable waste produced in a warehouse environment are paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastic.

Providing the corresponding recycling sorting bins at frequent intervals, and in centralised locations with a high footfall, will allow easy access. This encourages workers to recycle habitually without it taking time out of their day or causing any distraction to their workflow. 

How Many Recycling Sorting Bins Do You Need?

To work out how many bins you need in your workspace, we recommend auditing. Hiring a waste auditing company will allow you to learn more about how much you are outputting.

You may find that ways to reduce your waste become clear during this process, such as switching to reusable or returnable packaging, allowing you an opportunity to produce fewer materials, help the planet, and save money whilst doing it.  You may find that you end up with more material-based waste segregation vs general waste.

Alternatively, you can make a judgement call yourself. In an office environment, recycling is most effective when there are recycling sorting bins around 10-15 steps away from each employee. 


To get started, we recommend a Racksack as the easiest recycling sorting bins to implement. Racksack’s are easily attachable to warehouse racking, trolleys or roll cages, which make strategic placement of recycling bins throughout large workplaces simple and cost-effective. 

They are secure and quick to hang, so if you find that the recycling bins are not being used in a particular area of the warehouse, they can easily be moved to another location that sees the rate of recycling increase. 

Alternative to Stationary Recycling Sorting Bins

Trolley Sack recycling sorting bin.

An effective alternative to stationary recycling sorting bins is rollcage sacks and trolley sacks. Easy to fix, easy to remove and empty, trollysacks allow you to organise waste packaging materials as you go. This removes the need for larger recycling stations or wheelie bins and ensures there is always a bin at arms reach for the workers that need it the most. 


Clearly labelled recycling sorting bins can be a major factor in how successfully your company implements recycling. RAA, (Recycle Across America,) believe that standardised labelling for recycling bins should be a legal requirement. 

They claim that “The first city to adopt the standardised labels on their residential carts experienced a 26% increase in the city’s residential recycling levels.” If people are confused about the bins, it takes time out of their workday and reduces the number of materials that are recycled correctly.

Efficiently recycled waste management can save time, maintain productivity and provide a long term sustainable solution to waste. And if this isn’t enough to get you started, the National Waste Associates suggest that ‘Typically, the cost of waste is between 4-5% of company turnover, but it can reach as high as 10%.

This means that warehouses can save hundreds of thousands of dollars by just focusing on the greatest waste reduction opportunities. It has never been easier to implement recycling sorting bins, and there are so many benefits!