Kim Stebbins

About Kim Stebbins

VP of Sales & Marketing, Next Level

March 5, 2018

5 Ways to Increase Order Picking Productivity

By | 2018-03-05T15:54:49+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Blog Posts|

Ecommerce has improved the shopping experience for many consumers, and as a result, shoppers are now placing more orders with smaller quantities – and they want they want their orders pronto. Warehouses across the country are feeling the pressure to keep up with the demands of today’s shoppers. And order picking, the process of pulling items from inventory in [...]

February 20, 2018

Manual Material Handling: Preventing Work-Related Back Injuries

By | 2018-02-20T15:09:14+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Warehouse Safety|

Did you know that after the common cold, back injuries are the most common reason for non-attendance in the general workforce, accounting for one in every five injuries and illnesses in the workplace? And what's more, 80% of these injuries are are associated with manual materials handling tasks. While low back pain is the single leading cause of disability [...]

The Advantages of Freight Forwarding in International Trade

By | 2018-02-06T16:07:37+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Blog Posts, Shipping & Freight|

What is a freight forwarder? Freight forwarding is an important aspect of global trade. In the simplest of terms, a freight forwarder is a company that arranges the importing and exporting of goods for other companies. These firms deal with all the process that would likely seem daunting to most of us: preparing documentation, tracking cargo, or filing insurance claims are [...]

January 30, 2018

How E-Commerce Retailers are Reducing Their Losses on Returns

By | 2018-02-06T12:04:54+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Blog Posts|

If you are an e-commerce retailer, or "e-tailer", there's no doubt that customer returns are costing you. High return rates have long been a challenge for e-commerce companies. At least 30% of all products ordered online are returned as compared to 8.89% in brick-and-mortar stores. Online clothing purchases have a return rate closer to 40%.  Shoppers today expect the [...]

Warehouse Safety: How To Reduce the Risk of Falling Items

By | 2018-01-24T16:17:03+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Pallet Rack, Warehouse Safety|

In any warehouse or storage operation where inventory is stored high on racks, falling items are always a possibility. Entire pallets, cartons, or individual items can fall for many reasons: a poorly installed rack system, improper loading or stacking, forklift impact, seismic activity, and rack failure. Naturally, any item falling from the top of a high bay will be [...]

A Look at the Surge in U.S. Steel Imports

By | 2018-01-24T16:18:58+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Blog Posts, Steel|

Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, Baltimore, Maryland. By Jim Pickerell, 1936-, Photographer (NARA record: 4588217) - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain. There's no denying the facts: U.S. steel imports were up 19.4% in the first 10 months of 2017, compared to last year’s figures (according to the American Iron and Steel Institute). And according to a [...]

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 [...]