Kim Stebbins

About Kim Stebbins

VP of Sales & Marketing, Next Level

November 28, 2017

Advantages of Robotic Welding

By | 2017-11-28T14:49:21+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehousing & Distribution|

Quite simply, welding is a process that to joins two pieces of metal or plastic by heating and allowing the edges to flow together. As an industrial process, the cost of welding plays a crucial role in manufacturing decisions. There are many different factors that can affect the total cost of welding, including equipment, labor, material, and energy costs. [...]

October 31, 2017

Warehouse Storage Solutions: Cantilever Rack for Storing Long or Bulky Items

By | 2017-10-31T10:22:44+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehouse Storage Systems|

Do you store long and narrow, odd-shaped or bulky materials in your warehouse? If these types of items are eating up your floor space, you should consider cantilever rack. Sometimes called pipe rack or lumber rack, cantilever rack consists of beams anchored to an upright at only one end. It's an excellent solution for storing items such as lumber, plasterboard, drywall, steel [...]

Omnichannel Retail: Where and how are your customers shopping?

By | 2017-10-23T11:39:05+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehousing & Distribution|

Are you meeting your customers on the channels where they are buying and shopping? Omni-channel retail is just that: having your product wherever consumers are already spending their time. And that means a combination of brick-and-morter shops, online stores, social media, or marketplaces such as Amazon, Ebay, and Google Shopping. Omnichannel sales also provide the customer with an integrated shopping [...]

What’s the Most Wasted Space in a Warehouse?

By | 2017-10-11T17:53:35+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Pallet Rack, Warehouse Storage Systems|

And the winner is: the space above the loading dock doors! That's right, that area above the loading dock doors is a potential gold mine of storage space. Did you know that each dock door offers an average of 100 square feet of unused space? That's nothing to sniff at. What to store over the dock door While over-the-door [...]

Warehouse Ergonomics: Reducing Sprains & Strains in Your Operation

By | 2017-10-03T16:51:02+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehouse Safety, Warehousing & Distribution|

The warehousing industry is known for having a high injury rate; in fact, musculoskeletal injuries occur twice as frequently in the warehousing and storage industry than other industries in general. Musculoskeletal injuries are caused by poor ergonomics such as improper lifting, overexertion, repetitive motion, and awkward postures. Improving ergonomics in your operation will not only reduce the dollar amount [...]

The Humble Pallet

By | 2017-10-03T15:58:21+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Warehousing & Distribution|

  Pallets, of course, are merely one cog in the global machine for moving things...yet pallets are arguably as integral to globalization as containers. For an invisible object, they are everywhere. (Vanderbilt, 2012) The above snippet is from an article published a while back in Slate, “The Single Most Important Object in the Global Economy,” by Tom Vanderbilt. I happened [...]

September 29, 2017

Reducing Your Aisle Width For High Density Warehouse Storage

By | 2017-09-28T07:34:32+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Blog Posts, Pallet Rack, Pallet Rack Design, Warehouse Storage Systems|

Very Narrow Aisle Pallet Rack can reduce aisle space by up to 40% Did you know that maximizing storage in your warehouse can be as much about the aisles as the rack itself? Aisles can take up to 80% of a facility’s available floor space – that’s why reducing unnecessary aisle space can create more room for [...]

How Secure is Your Warehouse Facility?

By | 2017-09-13T10:31:29+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Blog Posts|

Protecting your warehouse inventory and equipment from theft can be a challenge. Because of their large sizes and complex layouts, there are many areas in a warehouse where vulnerabilities can occur, increasing a facility's risk to external threats as well as internal employee pilferage. Here's a look at some tips for safeguarding your facility from theft and vandalism. Focus [...]

August 30, 2017

What’s Included in a Warehouse Operational Audit?

By | 2017-10-31T06:42:17+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Blog Posts|

What’s limiting the effectiveness of your operation? If you would like to lower costs, increase profits, and see high customer satisfaction rates, it's important to analyze your warehouse operations to measure productivity and to identify patterns and trends so you can determine exactly how you are doing and what improvements you need to make. This is where an audit comes [...]

Lighting Your Warehouse

By | 2017-09-13T10:42:53+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehouse Safety, Warehousing & Distribution|

Is your facility lighting an afterthought, a necessary burden that you prefer to spend as little as possible on? We know it's tempting to go that route, but it’s important to realize that cheap, substandard lighting will likely cost you more in the long haul. Good lighting in a warehouse or factory is essential for worker safety, optimal performance, [...]

How can you be sure the pallet rack you ordered is up to the challenge?

By | 2017-09-05T13:43:25+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Pallet Rack, Pallet Rack Design, Warehouse Storage Systems|

  These pictures are real, sent to us by a customer. We are not naming names, but the pallet rack was made by a well-known rack manufacturer here in the U.S. and sold by a well-known nationwide material handling dealer. The rack is in a big heap now because it did not hold [...]

What Makes a Great Warehouse Leader?

By | 2017-08-21T11:06:42+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehousing & Distribution|

Warehouse managers wear many hats and must have a number of skill sets involving inventory control, budget development, data analysis, safety protocol implementation, facility and equipment maintenance, and more. None of those things will go smoothly, however, without a well-trained and dedicated staff. Attracting, motivating, and retaining your workers are the real keys to running a productive, efficient, and safe [...]