Kim Stebbins

About Kim Stebbins

VP of Sales & Marketing, Next Level

October 12, 2017

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 an Warehouse Operational Audit?

By | 2017-09-20T16:24:35+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 [...]

July 20, 2017

The Internet of Things & Smart Warehouses

By | 2017-07-20T12:25:56+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehousing & Distribution|

If policy makers and businesses get it right, linking the physical and digital worlds could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025. ~ McKinsey Global Institute report   The Internet of Things (IoT), in a nutshell, is comprised of sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects and connected by networks to computing systems. According to [...]

Logistics Market Forecast 2017

By | 2017-07-31T12:48:50+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Blog Posts, Logistics, Shipping & Freight, Supply Chain|

  Could 2017 be a pivotal year for logistics? According to the 28th Annual Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) “State of Logistics Report®” titled Accelerating into Uncertainty, 2017 could be a pivotal year for logistics for these reasons: Demand patterns are shifting, technological advances are altering industry economics, and new competitors are challenging old business models. This year could bring significant [...]

June 23, 2017

All About Boltless Shelving

By | 2017-09-06T12:05:33+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Blog Posts, Industrial Shelving, Material Handling, Warehouse Storage Systems|

Boltless Shelving is Big Bang for the Buck Boltless shelving, also called rivet shelving, can be an efficient and economical storage solution in many applications. Specially designed to store small and medium-sized loads for manual access, this steel shelving can be found in warehouses and distribution centers (often in combination with pallet racking), pharmacies, supply rooms, archive record storage [...]