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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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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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What Pressures are Distribution Center Managers Facing in 2017?

March 21, 2017

fulfillment warehouse distribution center

In Logistics Management Magazine’s 2017 Warehouse/DC survey, there isn’t a lot that will surprise people on the front line of order fulfillment, storage, logistics and distribution management. As it has been for a while, e-commerce is driving the train, and its effects cascade into the rest of the business.  What are the major takeaways?

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Cisco-Eagle Announces Michigan Office

March 16, 2017

Kurt Alexander, Cisco-Eagle Territory Manager

Above: Kurt Alexander

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

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10 Tips: Pick-to-Light Systems for Order Fulfillment

March 16, 2017

pick to light for order fulfillment

Light-directed picking is the heavyweight champion when it comes to productivity gains, order picking speed, increased accuracy, and ease of operator development.

Because it’s 100% hands free and requires no headpiece, it’s also highly flexible for many challenging fulfillment operations. We’ve compiled ten ways to analyze your operation to determine if these systems would be a fit for you. Obviously, more specific information will be needed, but this should get you started.

We spoke with Lightning Pick’s Dave Broadfoot about the best ways to ensure you are making a good pick to light decision.

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