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Streamline and Simplify Your Distribution Center

July 18, 2017

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You’ve heard this pitch before: If you just implement this software, or that machinery, or hire my consultant, or buy into this other program, you’ll realize amazing gains. You’ll be more productive; more accurate; you’ll work less hours. Things will be great.

You may really need to expand your facility, or install expensive new WMS software or add high levels of automation, but it’s always worth checking on process or facility layout changes before you take the plunge. What are some areas you should consider?

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Why the Floor is Better than Eye Level for Forklift Safety Warnings

July 11, 2017

gobo warning projected onto warehouse floor

Forklifts dominate OSHA’s annual list of safety violations, so it’s no mystery why industrial companies are always searching for ways to improve safety.

Safety-conscious operations are integrating safety lights and sensors to help reduce pedestrian/forklift accidents. These systems usually detect traffic (people and forklifts),  and  then deploy visual and/or audible warnings to the driver, the pedestrian, or both. When it comes to visual warnings, some are ceiling-hung, others at eye level, and others are shot onto the floor. What placement works best, and why?

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Cisco-Eagle Opens St. Louis Office

June 8, 2017

Cisco-Eagle Heather Schroeder

Cisco-Eagle has opened an office in St. Louis, Missouri according to Director of Sales James Murphy.

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Catch Cisco-Eagle at Safety 2017

May 31, 2017

asse crowd

If you plan to be among the thousands of safety professionals headed to Denver next month for Safety 2017, the ASSE’s premier safety event, take some time to visit Cisco-Eagle.

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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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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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