The Internet of Things & Smart Warehouses

If policy makers and businesses get it right, linking the physical and digital worlds could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025. ~ McKinsey Global Institute report   The Internet of Things (IoT), in a nutshell, is comprised of sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects and connected by networks to computing systems. According to [...]

By | 2017-07-20T12:25:56+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehousing & Distribution|0 Comments

Pros & Cons of Leasing vs Buying a Warehouse Facility

  Perhaps you have a great idea for a new business that requires a warehouse. Or maybe you already have a successful business and have been leasing a warehouse for several years. With either scenario, you’ve likely considered whether leasing or buying a facility is the best route to take. How do you decide? While you should most definitely [...]

By | 2017-07-17T16:06:23+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Blog Posts, Warehousing & Distribution|0 Comments

Logistics Market Forecast 2017

Could 2017 be a pivotal year for logistics? According to the 28th Annual Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) “State of Logistics Report®” titled Accelerating into Uncertainty, 2017 could be a pivotal year for logistics for these reasons: Demand patterns are shifting, technological advances are altering industry economics, and new competitors are challenging old business models. This year could bring significant moves [...]

All About Boltless Shelving

Boltless Shelving is Big Bang for the Buck Boltless shelving, also called rivet shelving, can be an efficient and economical storage solution in many applications. Specially designed to store small and medium-sized loads for manual access, this steel shelving can be found in warehouses and distribution centers (often in combination with pallet racking), pharmacies, supply rooms, archive record storage [...]

Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems

Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) are inventory management systems made up of equipment and controls that handle, store and retrieve materials in manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, and warehouses.   AS/RS systems depend on a variety of computer-controlled methods for automatically depositing and retrieving loads to and from defined storage locations, providing  precision, accuracy, and speed in applications where there is a [...]

Maximize Your Warehouse Storage and Minimize Wasted Space with Pallet Flow Racks

What are Pallet Flow Racks? Pallet Flow Rack is just what it sounds like. Pallets actually flow (by gravity) down inclined tracks or rails of rollers or skate wheels to the front or pick face. Pallet flow rack can be an efficient and economical solution for the storage of fast moving items and to increase storage density and [...]

Green Warehousing Tips for Energy Conservation

Using environmentally focused procedures is not only socially responsible, it can save your company money as well. Not to mention that "going green" is no longer just a trend– the green revolution has taken root in society’s general consciousness and has become a mainstream movement. And for the millennial (and younger) generation especially, sustainability is a core value. With millennials on [...]

By | 2017-07-06T11:03:33+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Blog Posts, Green Warehousing|2 Comments

Next Level Included in Top 25 Warehouse Blogs

Next Level is a pallet rack manufacturer, but we are also a full service material handling solutions provider. And that's where our blog comes in– we post regularly with the goal of providing information and resources for warehouse managers, distributors, manufacturers, or anyone seeking knowledge about facility storage, material handling, and the business of distribution and logistics in general. We don't [...]

By | 2017-06-12T16:33:43+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Blog Posts, Company News, Material Handling|0 Comments

Pallet Rack Flue Spaces and Why You Need Them

The purpose of pallet rack flue spaces is to reduce fire damage: flue spaces help flames to vent up rather an out, creating a vertical rise that helps slow down the horizontal spread, allowing ceiling sprinklers (as well as any in-rack sprinklers) to activate faster. Flue spaces also allow water from the sprinklers to reach the warehouse racking and [...]

By | 2017-07-13T08:30:06+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

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 | 2017-05-30T15:51:21+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