Man vs Machine: Warehouse Traffic Safety

Did you know that each year 1 in 10 forklifts will be involved in an accident? OSHA estimates that 35,000 serious injuries and 62,000 non-serious injuries involving forklifts occur annually.  Forklift collisions account for about 46% of total forklift accidents including crush injuries where personnel are trapped between two forklifts, between a forklift and stationary surface, or where pedestrians are [...]

By | 2018-01-10T11:41:49+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Blog Posts, Warehouse Safety, Warehousing & Distribution|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-02T17:34:32+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Blog Posts, Steel|0 Comments

Advantages of Robotic Welding

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. [...]

By | 2017-11-28T14:49:21+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehousing & Distribution|0 Comments

Why Good Warehousekeeping Matters

Is warehouse cleanliness and organization part of your strategic plan? Establishing standards for order and cleanliness in a warehouse play an important role in the profitability of a business. Good warehousekeeping sets a positive frame of mind for workers, which has been proven to impact productivity and efficiency. A clean and organized warehouse also enhances worker safety and reduces [...]

Warehouse Storage Solutions: Cantilever Rack for Storing Long or Bulky Items

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 [...]

By | 2017-10-31T10:22:44+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehouse Storage Systems|0 Comments

Omnichannel Retail: Where and how are your customers shopping?

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 [...]

By | 2017-10-23T11:39:05+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehousing & Distribution|0 Comments

What’s the Most Wasted Space in a Warehouse?

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

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

  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 [...]

Reducing Your Aisle Width For High Density Warehouse Storage

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 [...]

Preventing Cargo Theft by Fictitious Pickup

Cargo theft has been around as long as humans have been transporting goods for sale. But in recent years, fraud has played a role in much as 10% of all cargo theft. Known as the "fictitious pick up," this relatively new mode of cargo theft (it emerged as a trend around 2005) involves a type of identity theft. Thieves [...]

By | 2017-09-26T15:42:28+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments