5 Ways to Increase Order Picking Productivity

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-05T15:54:49+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Manual Material Handling: Preventing Work-Related Back Injuries

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 [...]

By | 2018-02-20T15:09:14+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Warehouse Safety|0 Comments

Materials Handling Project Management

What exactly is project management? To answer that, let's first look at the definition of a project. A project a temporary endeavor undertaken to accomplish a singular goal. It's involves a set of operations with a defined beginning and end and a defined scope. Managing a project is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to meet the project [...]

By | 2018-02-15T14:56:49+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Blog Posts, Material Handling|0 Comments

The Advantages of Freight Forwarding in International Trade

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 [...]

By | 2018-02-06T16:07:37+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Blog Posts, Shipping & Freight|0 Comments

How E-Commerce Retailers are Reducing Their Losses on Returns

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 8.89% in brick-and-mortar stores. Online clothing purchases have a return rate closer to 40%.  Shoppers today expect the [...]

By | 2018-02-06T12:04:54+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Warehouse Safety: How To Reduce the Risk of Falling Items

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 of a high bay will be [...]

By | 2018-01-24T16:17:03+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Pallet Rack, Warehouse Safety|0 Comments

Guest Post: 8 Eco-Friendly Packaging Alternatives for Your Shipping Needs

By Cory Levins We all know how important it is to reduce our impact on the environment. Many businesses are now improvising with new ways of designing and producing their products, attempting to lessen their carbon and environmental footprint. The concept of “cradle-to-cradle” — taking responsibility for a product's impact from the sourcing of the materials to its [...]

By | 2018-01-24T16:07:44+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Blog Posts|0 Comments

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 | 2018-01-24T16:18:58+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 [...]