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Bridging the Gap Between Warehouse and Office

February 13, 2013

The Gap Between Warehouse and Office

The warehouse. The office.

Sometimes it’s as if one doesn’t exist to the other. As one customer told us, “it’s like we have two companies here, and one doesn’t know what the other is up to.”

But when you’re trying to improve your operation, or even to operate well, it’s impossible to separate the two functions. Decisions can be made in one area that can impact the other severely, so communication and cooperation are vital. Too bad it doesn’t always work that way. How can you improve it?

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Section 179 Depreciation Extended for 2013

February 6, 2013

money for bonus deductionsSection 179 has been extended for 2012 and 2013 tax years, meaning that you can retroactively file for 2012 for qualifying capital equipment purchases and receive higher deduction limits. Certain types of equipment qualify for a 5-year depreciation period, while others may not.  If equipment isn’t considered “real property” (a permanent part of the structure), it can be classified as “tangible property” and depreciated under 179 for a five year period under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS).

Also, the following advantages extend to qualifying new 2013 equipment purchases: $500,000 deduction limit. $2,000,000 limit on capital purchases, and bonus depreciation of 50%. This means you can in essence deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment during this tax year.

Essentially, Section 179 tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying  products purchased during the tax year from your gross income. See Section179.org or the Govtrack.US web page for more information.

As always, your accountants and finance professionals should be involved in any decision regarding these issues.

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Warehousing: Hidden Productivity Gremlins

January 31, 2013

box gremilin in a warehouse

Whether you’re operating a dedicated distribution center or the order fulfillment or stock warehouse of a manufacturing operation, most industrial facilities deal with storage and warehousing to some degree. In the not-so-distant past, warehousing was treated mostly as a cost center – a necessary evil that had to exist so that the more profitable parts of an enterprise could operate. Thankfully, more enlightened thought has prevailed recently.

Order fulfillment and storage are not just places you can save money – they can earn money. If the gremlins don’t get you.

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Safety and ROI for Industrial Operations

January 30, 2013

Kevin Gue

In a recent blog post, Auburn professor Dr. Kevin Gue, one of the bright minds in the country when it comes to the business of industrial distribution and plant operations, reflected on the reaction to his ProMat 2013 talk on “Designing a Worker-Centric Facility”.  Many salient points emerged:

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Infographic: Safer Pallet Rack Operation

January 29, 2013

Pallet rack is typically safe and easily-maintained storage equipment, whether you are dealing with selective, pushback, drive-in, or other types of rack.  But if you load it wrong, if you don’t inspect and repair/replace damaged components, if you don’t understand your capacities, and if you don’t take steps to ensure your rack isn’t impacted by loading equipment, that safe rack can become dangerous and expensive.

We have created an infographic to help you navigate the most common mistakes people make dealing with pallet racks.  Feel free to share this graphic to any site or other media. It is the first of many infographic posters we’ll be offering to help people operate and maintain material handling equipment.

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Cisco-Eagle’s Tulsa Offices are Moving

January 9, 2013

After 33 years at its current Tulsa location, Cisco-Eagle is moving to a new facility. This change is effective Monday, January 21, 2013.  All contact information other than our physical (mailing) address remain unchanged. This change was made to reflect the need for more office, conference, and meeting space. The new address is:

10015 E. 51st Street
Tulsa, OK 74146

This location is between Garnett and Mingo on 51st street, at the Oxford Square center.

The office’s telephone numbers remain as follows:

  • (918) 622-9010,  Local
  • (800) 722-4343, Toll-free
  • (918) 622-9059, Fax
  • All direct line and cell phone numbers you may have are unchanged.

If you have questions, please let us know.

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Ideas for Cost Savings in E-Commerce Warehouses

December 6, 2012

Jay Moris has an excellent article in Inbound Logistics on ways you can cut expenses in your e-commerce operation. Some quick pointers are below.

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Comparison: Modular vs. Tubular Steel Crossovers

November 29, 2012

Comparing crossover types

In many operations, things like conveyors or pipe runs or other machinery interrupt the flow of a work floor, and the obvious way to get around it is to erect a crossover. This is commonly done in larger scale conveyor systems with longer lines, but we also do them for other areas where going around the obstacle could take significant time, or where access is limited by other factors. The question is, what type of crossover best fits your needs?

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OSHA Safety Violations: The Top 10 for 2011

October 24, 2012

OSHA logo

OSHA has released the top safety violations for 2011. It’s not a big departure from recent years, but still worth noting for industrial operations. How many of these potential violations are in areas that are present in your operation? OSHA releases this information in part to allow employers to do the kind of self-inspection and auditing that might help avoid issues.

Most of these violations (and the injuries/costs that accompany them) are preventable.

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Ways to Enhance Training to Protect Pedestrians from Forklifts

October 23, 2012

manager in a warehouse forklift area between rack aisles

According to OSHA, training is the key to forklift safety, and there is fundamental agreement on that. Training can and does make a serious dent in the high injury rates suffered due to industrial traffic. Training must happen, and it must be repeated. But that begs this question: Why has training failed to move the needle when it comes to serious forklift related injuries? The numbers seem to have stabilized at an average of 100 deaths per year, and have stayed consistently at that level for years.

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