Facility Relocation: Tips for a Smooth Move

There are many reasons you might need to move your warehouse operations to a new location: upsizing, downsizing, lease issues, better location for improved logistics, and natural disaster, to name a few. And just like moving to a new house, while it's an inconvenient and burdensome task, a facility relocation can be exciting as you anticipate new beginnings and plan for [...]

By | 2017-05-26T11:36:59+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehousing & Distribution|0 Comments

LIFO and FIFO Warehouse Storage Systems

LIFO and FIFO are well known inventory valuation methods in accounting. In the accounting world, FIFO (first in, first out) and LIFO (last in first out) are costing methods used to value the cost of goods sold and ending inventory. With FIFO, the oldest inventory items are recorded as sold first, and with LIFO, the newest inventory items are [...]

By | 2017-05-23T13:15:33+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

A Look at Lean Thinking

The fathers of Lean Thinking: Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Taiichi Ohno Lean Thinking in a Nutshell The Toyota Production System (TPS) is a production methodology that has become the top waste reduction standard for factories worldwide, and the concept behind it is known today as "lean thinking," a multi-faceted approach to eliminating  waste in every aspect of a [...]

By | 2017-05-19T14:34:35+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Concrete Anchor Bolt Design: Cast-In-Place Anchors vs Post-Installed Anchors

While there are many types of anchor bolts (consisting of designs that are mostly proprietary to the manufacturing companies), there are two main types of concrete anchor bolts: post-installed anchors and cast-in-place anchors. Let’s take a look at how they differ. Cast-In-Place Anchors Concrete Anchor Bolts The cast-in-place anchors are non-proprietary and are the simplest type of anchor bolts. [...]

By | 2017-05-19T14:31:00+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Blog Posts, Material Handling, Pallet Rack, Pallet Rack Design|0 Comments

Learn About Next Level Material Handling Services

We’ll handle the details, so you don't have to. Did you know Next Level is more than a manufacturer of pallet racks and material handling products? We are a true material handling solutions provider, offering a full range of services nationwide. Here’s a look at the services we offer to help you complete your projects efficiently, safely, and on time. [...]

Green Warehousing: A Look at LEED V4 for Warehousing & DCs

Last summer, the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) released its LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report which showed how the industrial sector is now prioritizing sustainability in design and operations. Industrial facilities, which include manufacturing buildings, warehouses, and distribution centers have long been considered the main contributors to environmental pollution, with manufacturers alone consuming more than 30 percent of [...]

Why You Should (Probably) Hire A Professional Warehouse Designer

You might be thinking, Why should I hire a warehouse designer when I can do it myself?  And perhaps you do have some of the skills necessary to configure a warehouse. Maybe you have what it takes to design the rack layout, or you have experience with permitting. The list goes on, but it would be the rare facility owner [...]

Warehouse Safety: Loading Dock Dangers and How to Avoid Them

Did you know that 25 percent of all warehouse accidents occur at the loading dock? It’s a busy and often dangerous work area, but there are precautions you can take to avoid and minimize accidents. Here’s a look at the most common loading dock dangers and some tips on how to prevent them. Slipping, Tripping and Falling Falls are [...]

When To Consider Push Back Rack

How do you decide if a high density push back pallet rack system is right for your facility? To get started, here are some basic questions to ask yourself: Do you need to increase your warehouse storage capacity? Do you need to store several products that have more than 5 pallets per SKU? Do you need to move pallets [...]

Pallet Rack Damage: Repair or Replace?

Pallet rack damage at some point in time is inevitable. Everyone will eventually face the question of whether to repair or replace a portion of their pallet racking. Hopefully, you have safety protocols in place to help prevent or minimize damage to your racks, and if so, your damage prevention plan will include regular safety inspections and audits. We [...]

By | 2017-04-18T11:05:55+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Blog Posts, Pallet Rack|0 Comments

How To Prevent Pallet Rack Damage

All pallet racks in all warehouses are subject to abuse; and pallet rack damage is no trivial matter. Repairing rack is costly, and replacing rack is even more so. Downtime is costly. Product loss is costly. And most importantly, damaged rack can result in serious injury to workers. Although pallet racks can handle a lot of wear and tear, [...]

By | 2017-03-29T16:14:10+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehouse Storage Systems|0 Comments

Anchor Bolt Design: Appendix D of the “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete”

In follow up to our last post, Next Level Looks at ACI 318, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete”, we’re now going to dig a little deeper into this code and look at what used to be called Appendix D, the section that specifically addresses concrete anchorage and anchor bolt design. The Specification for the Design, Testing and Utilization [...]

By | 2017-04-05T15:27:09+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Blog Posts, Pallet Rack Design|0 Comments