Kim Stebbins

About Kim Stebbins

VP of Sales & Marketing, Next Level

June 13, 2018

Avoid These Potential Pitfalls During Your Warehouse Relocation

By | 2018-06-13T14:25:19+00:00 June 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 | 2018-05-29T14:25:23+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 March 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+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 | 2018-05-15T13:07:20+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 only around 9% for brick-and-mortar stores). Online clothing purchases have an even higher return rate than other [...]

Warehouse Safety: How To Reduce the Risk of Falling Items

By | 2018-05-08T14:31:03+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Pallet Rack, Warehouse Safety|

What Goes Up Could Come Down 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 [...]

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. [...]