material handling

December 8, 2014

More US Factories Hiring but Factory Wages Remain Low

By | 2016-10-30T13:17:44+00:00 December 8th, 2014|Musings|

As more companies look to the US for manufacturing, factory floor wages remain low, losing ground vs other sectors. Reversal of Outsourcing For many years, the US simply was not competitive in manufacturing for global companies & many American factories lost opportunities. However, we've seen several news stories in recent weeks regarding the reversal of outsourcing in manufacturing. In fact, in a new study by [...]

November 26, 2014

How Dimensional Weight Affects Freight Charges

By | 2016-10-30T13:17:45+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Warehouse Storage Systems|

Calculating Freight For a long time, freight carrier charges were solely based on the weight of each package. This meant that large, lightweight packages were unprofitable by themselves, and shippers of heavier items paid a disproportionate amount of the total cost of the overall air shipment. As a result of this inequality among shippers, more and more freight carriers have [...]

Keeping Your Warehouse Running Smoothly with Pallet Rack Accessories

By | 2016-10-30T13:17:45+00:00 November 10th, 2014|Warehouse Storage Systems|

Pallet Rack Accessories Pallet racks and their associated accessories are what can make the difference between an efficient warehouse and a big useless building. Whether you are preparing a building to store heavy industrial equipment or a wholesale store that is open to the public, choosing the right pallet rack accessories can save you a tremendous amount of time and [...]

October 30, 2014

How to Increase Warehouse Storage Capacity

By | 2016-10-30T13:17:45+00:00 October 30th, 2014|Warehouse Storage Systems|

Used under CC 4.0. Shared by Erik Söderström on Flickr. What’s an Optimal Performance Level? Every warehouse is a little bit different and may require a somewhat different approach to maximize its storage density and/or efficiency of product movement. Many warehouses that exceed around 85 percent of their storage capacity begin to feel a pinch on the productivity [...]

September 3, 2014

Pallet Rack Shipping Changes

By | 2016-10-30T13:17:48+00:00 September 3rd, 2014|Blog Posts|

Pallet Rack Shipping Rates May Be Increasing - Significantly On Monday, September 8, the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) will conduct a public meeting to consider proposals that could result in the reclassification of pallet rack from 60 to as high as 300. If it happens, the freight classification & cost could both go up significantly for pallet rack shipping. [...]

August 20, 2014

Pallet Rack from the Ground Up

By | 2016-10-30T13:17:48+00:00 August 20th, 2014|Warehouse Storage Systems|

What is a Pallet Rack? A Pallet Rack is a storage system designed to store materials on pallets in horizontal rows with multiple levels. They provide structure and overall support to your various materials, which can be stored on pallets (or skids, as they are sometimes called). The materials handling industry is focused on efficiency. We need to know how [...]

September 12, 2013

Warehousing and Section 179 in 2013

By | 2016-10-30T13:18:13+00:00 September 12th, 2013|Blog Posts, Business|

Use the 2013 Section 179 tax deduction to save big on your material handling equipment purchase. Photo credit: Tax Credits Section 179 lets you take a $500K deduction for your material handling equipment purchase this year The limit for the Section 179 deduction was supposed to drop to a mere $25,000 for 2013, but luckily for small and [...]

High Density Warehouse Storage: Drive-In and Drive-Thru Pallet Racking

By | 2016-10-30T13:18:14+00:00 September 4th, 2013|Blog Posts, Warehouse Storage Systems|

This picture of a drive-thru tree was just irresistible. Drive-In and Drive-Thru Pallet Racking As much as the word "thru" gives me the willies, it is hands-down more popular than "through" on a Google search, so "Thru" it is.  So, what is Drive-In or Drive-Thru Pallet Racking and why would you want it?  It is high density storage--you [...]

August 20, 2013

The Great Debate: Bolted Pallet Racks vs Welded

By | 2017-03-21T16:18:08+00:00 August 20th, 2013|Blog Posts, Warehouse Storage Systems|

The steel framework of the Empire State Building is bolted together. The integrity of the building was not affected when a ten-ton B-52 bomber crashed into its 79th floor in 1945   The Truth About Bolted Pallet Rack It has long been accepted on our continent that welded pallet rack is stronger and more reliable than bolted rack, [...]

Go With the Flow: Save Time, Labor and Space with Pallet Flow Rack

By | 2016-10-30T13:18:15+00:00 August 15th, 2013|Blog Posts, Warehouse Storage Systems|

Pallet Racking Basics: Pallet Flow Rack Pallet Flow Rack is a form of dynamic, or live pallet raking that uses a gravity feed rear load design. The flow rack unit consists of inclined tracks or rails of rollers or skate wheels that are similar to gravity conveyors. Pallet flow racks are loaded on one side and the pallets are [...]

July 30, 2013

Pallet Rack Musings: Relax dude, it’s just rack…

By | 2016-10-30T13:18:15+00:00 July 30th, 2013|Blog Posts, Musings, Warehouse Storage Systems|

Is it possible to over-think pallet rack? I am a notorious over-thinker (often to my detriment); so in my world, it is possible to over think anything and everything. Even something as benign as pallet rack. When I first entered the material handling industry, I knew absolutely nothing about material handling. I did not know what a pallet rack was. [...]

Pallet Rack 101: Roll Formed vs. Structural Steel, What’s the Difference?

By | 2016-10-30T13:18:15+00:00 July 25th, 2013|Blog Posts, Warehouse Storage Systems|

What's the difference between roll formed and structural steel and what does that mean for you? Actually, both types of steel used in pallet racking are roll formed. Steel that we refer to as "roll formed" is made by a process called cold roll forming: sheets of cold steel are bent with rollers to form the shapes for the uprights and beams. [...]