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June 2006 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter


Compensation for distribution, manufacturing, and industrial professionals

In 2003, we utilized online salary guides such as www.salary.com  to provide some insight into what people in the supply chain business earn. While these aren't totally accurate numbers (they are median salaries), you'll find information on a variety of positions and what they typically earn. The survey includes multiple levels of positions in manufacturing and distribution from executive to engineers to operational personnel. Here's an update, 3 years later...


Pareto's Bay

One easy way to save space in your warehouse is to look for big, open spaces in your rack system. If you have pallet racks but not all of your inventory goes into full pallets, one quick way to save space is to use that rack for something else. Are higher velocity items close to the ground and easy to access? If you are stacking free-standing product on top of itself, use stronger packaging if it's cost justified; the space and time saved in the warehouse would have to exceed the new packaging costs. This is an example of replacing part of a rack with each-pick carton flow to maximize the space. It utilizes pallets racked above, and carton flow below for access to bins or cartons of product...


Quick Hits...

  • According to statistics reported by the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, there are 68,040 forklift accidents every year. 4,762 are due to a lift truck running off the loading dock. And these don't include the accidents that were near misses or not reported. Another point in favor of reducing forklift usage as much as possible in your operation.

  • Also consider safety innovations such as AisleCop Forklift Safety Gates.

  • For those in seismic areas, there is a product out for pallet racking called the Seismic Restraint Bar. It's specifically designed to protect warehouse workers, inventory, and equipment in case of an earthquake. The Pallet Bars keep pallets on warehouse shelving from sliding forward and falling during seismic activity. Not an endorsement, but it's something you might want to look at...