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Dock Doors: Options for Security and Access Control

May 22, 2017

dock door security gate

Years ago, during a busy time at one of our warehouses, an intruder entered our building through an open dock door and proceeded to steal things from some offices. Thankfully, nobody was harmed and nothing was really lost, but the incident underlined the need to control access to our facility while still letting fresh Spring air flow. To prevent intrusions and still allow easy access, there are some options for warehouses and manufacturing facilities with large dock doors.

Since 87% of warehouse inventory losses occur at warehouses and shipping yards, dock doors – and the way they are guarded – play a critical role in overall security.

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Distribution Center Metrics: What’s Your Focus?

May 18, 2017

distribution center

I always look forward to the annual DC Velocity/WERC (Warehousing Education and Research Council) distribution center metrics survey, which provides insight into what measurements are most critical according to DC managers. These concerns have shifted over the years, but perhaps never so significantly in a single year as 2017’s survey, with topics like “on time shipments” falling out of first place for only the second time.

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6 Expert Tips: How to Promote Safety in the Workplace

May 16, 2017

worker at a manufacturing plant using a hoist

As the “greatest supply chain expo on earth,” ProMat is an opportunity to discover the latest manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain solutions to move your business forward. This year, the show featured four keynotes on new ways to drive productivity, in addition to more than 100 show floor seminars on autonomous vehicles and sustainable facility solutions.

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How your 3PL Can Meet Customer Demands

May 12, 2017

conveyor order picking line

It’s a good time to be in the third party logistics business. 3PLs are in demand with no end in sight as the warehousing industry copes with higher volumes, increasing e-commerce demands and challenging customer expectations.

This gives 3PL operators with a unique opportunity to build lasting relationships with key customers, suppliers, and retailers of their choice. However, this can also lead to an increased demand for quality service from warehouses and fulfillment centers. In order for 3PLs to succeed in this new environment, they must be ready to face increasing levels of customer and prospect expectations.

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Harnessing Automation to Improve 3PL Performance

April 27, 2017

Warehouse conveyor in 3PL

As your 3PL grows and attracts more clients, products, and infrastructure, your product movement and storage capacity won’t be able to keep up with the increased volume. Growth is a great problem to have, but it’s still a problem.

Intelligent warehouse automation is an effective way to create better flow, enhance efficiency, ramp up throughput, reduce errors and improve your processes.  Introducing automated systems into your current warehouse environment can produce drastic reductions in time spent on certain day-to-day activities.

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Cisco-Eagle Adds Nashville, Tennessee Office

April 25, 2017

Don Laux, Cisco-Eagle Territory Manager
Above: Don Laux, Account Executive for Cisco-Eagle

Dallas-based Cisco-Eagle, Inc. has established operations in Nashville, Tennessee, according to Director of Sales James Murphy.

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The Importance of Pallet Rack Row Flue Space – and Ways to Maintain it

April 25, 2017

Pallet rack fire and flue space illustration

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has long required that pallet rack flue space should remain clear at all times so that any fires can successfully vent up rather than out, allowing sprinkler systems to activate faster. This vertical rise also helps slow fire spreading horizontally through a rack system. Flue space compliance is increasingly important to insurers and operators of warehouses and other industrial facilities. What can you do to help reduce issues with flue space obstruction?

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Visit Cisco-Eagle at WERC 2017

April 21, 2017

WERC 2017 visit Cisco-Eagle

It’s tough to manage today’s warehousing and distribution operations. Challenges come at you from every angle, and your value may not be fully understood by management in your own company. You’re expected to do more with less…every year. You’re stretched thin. You’re always coping with issues relating to running the business.

You need time to think about ways to improve. You need your peers. That’s what WERC (the Warehousing Education Research Council) provides.

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ISNetworld Helps You Connect with Reliable, Safe Contractors

April 20, 2017

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ISNetworld is a global resource for connecting corporations with safe, reliable contractors/suppliers from all types of industries. ISN collects self-reported safety, procurement, sustainability, quality and regulatory information from contractors and suppliers, verifies its accuracy, and then reports the results in an easy-to-follow format. This allows corporations to select companies that best meet internal and governmental requirements, while providing contractors/suppliers the opportunity to centralize their conformance information, saving time and gaining presence in the marketplace.

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Tina Brooks is Cisco-Eagle’s 2016-2017 Employee-Owner of the Year

April 18, 2017

Tina Brooks on a customer site visit
Above: Tina Brooks at a customer site visit

Tina Brooks from Cisco-Eagle’s Oklahoma City office is the company’s ESOP Employee-Owner of the Year, an annual award presented by Cisco-Eagle’s ESOP (employee ownership) Advisory Committee. The employee-owner of the year award is awarded by a committee of peers based on a nomination process that includes all employees.

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