Material Handling Experts

888-877-3861

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

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| 2 Comments »

10 Ways to Set up Warehouse Workers for Success

November 29, 2016

warehouse worker picking from a storage rack

Companies spend lots of time trying to understand the best ways to increase efficiency in their operations. How do I increase pick rates? Why do we spend more time on things that add no value than we should? Why do we make so many mistakes, and how do I stop it? Why is there so much waste in the system? How can this be better organized?

These are all good questions, and the answer to solving these problems usually lies in developing people to work their best.

In this day and age of increasing industrial productivity, tough global competition, and tight labor, integrating personnel development with best practices facility design, automation, processes and management is key to reducing labor costs, increasing margins, and becoming a more profitable operation. People thrive in good environments where they are set up to succeed. What can you do to build the right situation for your people?

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: ,
Posted in Manufacturing, Order Picking & Fulfillment, Supply Chain, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing| 1 Comment »

Case Study: Zero Mountain Adds Frozen Storage in Unfriendly Terrain

November 22, 2016

Drive in rack at Zero Mountain Cold Storage

There is no storage space as expensive as frozen storage space, which is why companies work hard to maximize storage in these facilities. One of the industry’s most innovative companies, Zero Mountain Cold Storage, decided to increase capacity at its Fort Smith, Arkansas location. The company called on Cisco-Eagle to help it plan and execute nearly 1,200 pallet positions in a combination of freezer and cooler storage areas.

Here is how Zero Mountain found its solution

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , ,
Posted in News, Pallet Rack, Space Saving, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing| No Comments »

10 Tips: How to Protect Yourself from the Hidden Costs of Used Racks

November 8, 2016

order picker in a rack warehouse

Pallet racks are durable, and you know that if you spend any time in this industry. When properly specified, installed, used and maintained, they can last for decades. If you choose to install used racks, take sensible precautions to ensure safety and stability.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Material Handling, Pallet Rack, ROI, Warehousing| No Comments »

Hiring and Developing Outstanding Order Pickers

October 12, 2016

order picker working on flow rack system

Order fulfillment operations come in all sizes, shapes and types, including a basket of challenges that diversity creates. One of the most difficult challenges in this industry is developing order picking talent. It’s competitive these days, as you know, for distribution facilities and e-commerce fulfillment centers. One of the best ways to enhance those operations is to develop your labor force more fully. What can you do?

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Order Picking & Fulfillment, ROI, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing| No Comments »

How to Create a Conveyor Maintenance Checklist

October 4, 2016

Hytrol conveyor system

The following is a guest post by Boyce Bonham, Chief Engineer at Hytrol. 

Staying on top of your conveyor maintenance is an integral part to the success of your operation. When left untended, equipment can become inefficient, unreliable, and a potential safety hazard.  To keep your alleviate the problems that come with poorly-maintained equipment, it’s important to create and follow a standardized maintenance checklist for each of the conveyor types in your operation, from gravity conveyors to powered conveyors.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor, Manufacturing, Order Picking & Fulfillment, Warehousing| No Comments »

How to Solve the Ergonomic Problems of Floor-Level Carton Picking

September 27, 2016

order picker in a rack warehouse

When working with palletized goods stored at floor level beneath a rack beam in a typical warehouse, there are significant issues for order pickers who execute these tasks daily, including strains and stresses that can lead to major injuries, down time, and worker compensation expenses. What can you do to reduce the chances of these types of problems?

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Pallet Rack, Product Ideas, Safety & Ergonomics, Warehousing| No Comments »

How to Make Rack Aisles Safer for Foot Traffic

August 17, 2016

warehouse store loading water bottles

Above: Stock image of warehouse store and pallet rack

Pallet racks by nature are very safe storage equipment, but in any areas people interact with machinery, and heavy storage, there are dangers. A recent accident at a big box warehouse retailer helps illustrate some of the problems with busy pedestrian aisles between heavy storage racks.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Pallet Rack, Safety & Ergonomics, Warehousing| No Comments »