In the report “Information Technologies in Spain 2011”, published by the Association of Electronics, Information Technology, Telecommunications and Digital Content Companies, (AMETIC), there were already signs of a growth in E-commerce in Spain of about 15% each year, and this trend has been maintained despite the crisis, as has been confirmed by the 2013 data published by the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT).
E-commerce requires less brick-and-mortar shop space, or does without it completely, but the success of online sales can demand larger warehouses.
It is therefore necessary to increase storage capacity. The solutions for increasing space without having to increase the size of the industrial shed or building, such as mezzanines or multi-tier racking, can double or triple the capacity of the space available.
Receiving orders online means being able to accumulate new orders at any time, 24h a day, 365 days a year. This demands greater efficiency in maintenance operations, and the installation of automated warehouses to a large extent enables the working of internal logistics to be speeded up.
Therefore, if the current trends continue and you can see how your business is reducing space in its brick-and-mortar shops in favour of online shops, then perhaps it is time to redesign your warehouse.