Material Handling Experts

888-877-3861

Information on the products and techniques to better store, handle, and move products in your facility.

Cheap Forklift Warning Lights Could be Incredibly Expensive

March 7, 2017

forklift safety light mounted on carriage

You see them all over the place in warehouses these days – the ubiquitous blue forklift light gliding over the floor ahead of or behind a lift truck as it winds its way between rack rows, down aisles, across docks, and out of trailers. A wide variety of choices are available, including many inexpensive imports with a bewildering number of dense specifications. How can you tell the difference?

Let’s break down the ways you can avoid the “bargain” light that could cost you plenty.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in AisleCop, Material Handling, Safety & Ergonomics, Warehousing| No Comments »

Key Ways to Maximize Space in Your 3PL

February 28, 2017

Uncovering space in your 3PL can reap multiple rewards

In a recent report of current industrial and logistics trends released by the CBRE, the prevailing theme among U.S. Tenants and Landlords is that of shrinking available space. While this should come as no surprise to those within the logistics community, the rate at which warehouse vacancy is dwindling is far outpacing the increase in new construction (new supply trails leasing demand by 1.5 to 1). This puts 3PLs in a predicament, but also provides opportunities for those who can maximize their available footprint.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Inventory Management, Mezzanines, Space Saving, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing| No Comments »

Laying the Groundwork for Using a 3PL Service

February 14, 2017

warehouse order picking area

Companies are utilizing 3PL services for their warehousing and shipping needs more often than ever. Many of the companies who choose to shift their operations to third parties are e-commerce entities that specialize in producing and selling a product and don’t want to run a storage and shipping facility. Others are traditional distributors, retailers, and others who believe that they should focus on core competencies.

If your company is considering a 3PL for its warehousing, shipping and logistics needs, what information do you need to have ready?

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in ROI, Supply Chain, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing| No Comments »

How to Properly Operate a Forklift in Winter Conditions

February 10, 2017

A guest post by Tom Reddon of the National Forklift Exchange.
forklift in a snowy lot

Driving a forklift in the snow or ice seems intimidating. However, with modern innovation and improvements, outdoor operations have been revamped and revitalized, even in the most trying of circumstances. Whether it’s flurries or a full-scale blizzard, adhering to these practices will prevent the issues that pile up with each snowflake. The outdoors poses numerous challenges, but there are some practices forklift operators can use to drive safer in these conditions.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Manufacturing, Material Handling, Safety & Ergonomics, Warehousing| No Comments »

Lean 3PL Warehousing—Create a Perfect Flow

January 31, 2017

Lean 3PL warehouse
Creating a lean warehouse or DC is not something a 3PL can accomplish overnight, but it’s something that can improve your efficiency, flexibility and ability to take on new business without expanding into new facilities or massively revamping existing ones.

It takes vision, planning, strategy, tools, foresight, patience and intelligent tactics. When your warehouse is lean, it will be easier to hold, inventory, and pull the most important goods. This helps you eliminate errors, increase throughput, and satisfy customers more comprehensively.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Lean, Material Handling, Order Picking & Fulfillment, Supply Chain, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing| No Comments »

The Best 2017 Events for Warehousing, Manufacturing & Safety Professionals

January 26, 2017

trade show floor

It’s important for professionals to retain an edge by continuing our education, exposure to new ideas, new products, and technologies. Events and Tradeshows provide great avenues to stay sharp on the latest concepts. Below is a list of upcoming events you should consider as you kick 2017 off to a productive start.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Manufacturing, News, Pack Expo, Safety & Ergonomics, Supply Chain, Warehousing| No Comments »

Planning the Future of Your Warehousing Operation: Don’t be Left Behind

January 24, 2017

a concept for mobile robotics

The landscape is constantly changing for warehousing, distribution and order fulfillment operations, but it’s rarely changed so quickly as the last half decade — and will likely change even more the next five years. The rapid growth of smart devices, database efficiency, and robotics guarantees that elite storage and order picking operations in 2025 will be different than those of today.

In fact, distribution centers and warehouse operations that want to thrive must change, adapt and think differently.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Automation, Robotics, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing| No Comments »

For 3PLs, Flexibility is a Critical Business Goal

January 18, 2017

Automated distribution warehouse

3PL companies operate in an environment that demands rapid changes and requires continual evolution.

Client requirements can change in a week (or less). New business opportunities can spring up that were unanticipated a month before. From my days working for a 3PL, I know that the ability to swiftly change in order to satisfy both your customer’s increasing demands and those of an industry that never rests were a top priority. The problem? That’s easy to understand, but hard to do.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Automation, Inventory Management, Order Picking & Fulfillment, Space Saving, Supply Chain, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing| No Comments »

The Dock is Your First Line of Customer Service

January 10, 2017

flexible conveyors at dock door service

A loading dock is kind of like a football center: It touches the ball every play, but gets no glory when things go well.

Almost all warehouses and manufacturing facilities induct and ship out almost everything — all inventory, finished goods, incoming raw materials, outgoing shipments make their way through the dock area. This makes the dock area uniquely critical to the success of most every shipment. It’s the conduit between your operation and the world beyond. This means finding ways to improve operations in the dock area can yield positive results for almost any business.

Whether your operation processes 10 pallets or 10,000 packages a day, you can improve the entire operation by optimizing dock operations.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor, Cross Docking, Docks & Shipping, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing| No Comments »

How to Protect Warehouse Pedestrians from Forklift Rear Swings

December 27, 2016

fall protection harness system in a warehouse

Forklifts aren’t cars, and they don’t drive like them.

They don’t brake or accelerate like cars, and they certainly don’t steer like them, yet accidents occur far too often because drivers and pedestrians don’t understand the difference. Pedestrians misunderstand the way forklifts maneuver, and the danger of walking or working around them. Forklifts aren’t dangerous to pedestrians only from the front or rear — they can also hit someone on foot from the side, frequently due to rear-end swings, since forklifts swing wide when they corner.

How can your reduce the chances for this type of accident?

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: ,
Posted in AisleCop, Safety & Ergonomics, Warehousing| No Comments »