Kim Stebbins

About Kim Stebbins

VP of Sales & Marketing, Next Level

July 6, 2018

The Sustainable Supply Chain: How Can You Make Your Existing Distribution Facility Greener?

By |2018-07-06T09:01:47-05:00July 6th, 2018|Blog Posts, Green Warehousing|

As more and more end users are insisting upon a sustainable supply chain, distributors are increasingly looking for ways to make their facilities greener. And for many large end customers, sustainability in their entire supply chain is not just a preference, it is a requirement. But beyond satisfying your customers' demands for a sustainable supply chain, implementing sustainability initiatives [...]

LEED V4 Interior Lighting and Daylight Credits for Warehouses & Distribution Centers

By |2018-06-28T12:34:13-05:00July 2nd, 2018|Blog Posts, Green Warehousing|

LEED-certified warehouses are a significant link in the sustainable supply chain. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to verify that buildings are constructed and operated in a way that reduces emissions, energy, and water use, and improves environmental quality. With the latest incarnation of [...]

June 28, 2018

Which Type of Gravity Conveyor Do You Need?

By |2018-06-27T11:09:46-05:00June 28th, 2018|Blog Posts|

Non-powered, or gravity conveyor systems have been a staple of materials handling and manufacturing since the early 19th century. But long before that, ancient Egyptians probably used gravity conveyors of some kind to move the stones used to build the pyramids. The Romans used gravity conveyance in the aqueducts that supplied the city with water for over 500 years. [...]

Warehouse Inventory Management Tips

By |2018-06-26T12:21:22-05:00June 22nd, 2018|Blog Posts|

While warehouse inventory management is about arranging inventory so it can be found quickly, it’s also about maximizing productivity for labor costs savings and increasing inventory accuracy. Yes, there are plenty of good software products available in all price ranges that help improve accuracy and the flow of goods, but there some best practices that should be applied to [...]

Avoid These Potential Pitfalls During Your Warehouse Relocation

By |2018-06-13T14:25:19-05:00June 13th, 2018|Blog Posts, Warehousing & Distribution|

Moving a storage operation is a massive undertaking that can be logistically challenging. And relocating while doing "business as usual" presents even more significant challenges to keep operational restrictions or downtimes to an absolute minimum with the least possible business interruption and cost. A relocation project of this type requires organizational skills and can't be done right without careful [...]

May 29, 2018

Warehouse Safety: Conveyor Safety Best Practices

By |2018-06-26T12:22:30-05:00May 29th, 2018|Blog Posts|

Conveyors are a great help in transporting materials and supplies throughout a facility, but like any piece of equipment that moves materials, conveyors can present some safety concerns. Both powered and gravity conveyors are common causes of warehouse and plant injuries. Here's a look at some best practices for keeping your employees safe. Conveyors are not for people! While [...]

What Does Blockchain Mean for Supply Chain & Logistics?

By |2018-05-17T10:39:04-05:00May 16th, 2018|Blog Posts|

How much do you know really know about the products you use everyday? You probably know the retailer you bought them from. You might know a product is sustainably sourced or the country of origin, but between coming from the original source and getting into your hands, there is an almost incomprehensible network standing between you and the products [...]

Double Down on Your Existing Warehouse Space with a Mezzanine

By |2018-05-08T12:46:56-05:00May 8th, 2018|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Warehouse Design, Warehouse Storage Systems, Warehousing & Distribution|

A warehouse mezzanine is a secondary floor or platform installed above the main warehouse floor to take advantage of often unused or wasted vertical space. Installing a mezzanine in your warehouse or factory can double (or even triple!) your space for a much smaller investment than relocating when space is at a premium. Depending on your needs, mezzanines can [...]

April 3, 2018

Warehouse Lighting Design Basics

By |2018-04-17T07:39:11-05:00April 3rd, 2018|Blog Posts, Warehouse Design|

Good warehouse lighting is key to optimum performance in addition to worker health, comfort, and safety. But lighting design in a warehouse can be a real challenge due to the variety of functions performed – from picking and packaging to shipping and receiving, light assembly, and office work. All the different functions may require different lighting levels. In [...]

March 5, 2018

5 Ways to Increase Manual Order Picking Productivity

By |2018-04-03T13:31:24-05:00March 5th, 2018|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Warehouse Storage Systems, Warehousing & Distribution|

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 |2018-02-20T15:09:14-05:00February 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 [...]