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May 2008 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter


Cross Docking: How one retailer optimized its supply chain

This is the fourth in Chris Doyle's Cross Docking Series

A recent project for a large retailer in the Southwest provided a good example of how an element of cross-docking might be deployed to reduce the footprint of distribution space required, reduce order fulfillment touchpoints, and shorten the logical pathway for fulfilling orders.


Summertime tips for better warehouse operations

There are many issues of productivity and safety that are stressed as the heat rises. As temperatures start to rise, it gets particularly hot in industrial facilities, warehouses, shops, and distribution centers where air conditioning isn’t always present, extremely costly, or always effective. Experts say that employee productivity increases when ambient temperatures are comfortable and plummets when they aren’t. Error rates are forced up, safety is reduced as workers fight through hot, sweaty conditions...


Comparing Pallet Rack Fall Protection Safety Options

Unguarded pallet racks can be dangerous, particularly if there is order picking, restocking, or other significant personnel activities in the aisles below the bays. There are two basic types of pallet rack fall protection — safety netting and wire mesh panels. Both do the job; both have their advantages. So which would work best for you?

The answer to that depends on your load, what you’re using to load it, and the options you want to come along with it...


Keeping workers, visitors, others away from moving machinery

Do you read every sign you see? Do you obey them all? If we're being honest, we understand that people develop a kind of blindness toward signage, particularly if they work around it all the time. This can be devastating in the case of employees who work near running equipment like lifts, robots, conveyors, machining equipment (and plenty of other kinds).

Modular Wire Barriers are a simple, effective way to protect employees and equipment from the dangers of automated equipment. They also protect visitors, contractors, and temporary workers who may sometimes have access to your operation, but lack the safety training of your full time employees. It's relatively inexpensive and it's a quick installation. And it cannot be ignored or forgotten about.


The Role of Anti-Fatigue Matting in Practical Ergonomics

We've all felt it - foot, leg and back pain resulting from long days of standing and working. It is one of the most common causes of physical fatigue in the workplace. In fact, apart from headaches, low back pain is the largest cause of pain and physician contact in the United States. So what's being done to end the suffering? Anti-fatigue matting is waging a battle against workplace pain. It may be the simplest and most effective way to reduce standing worker fatigue. Here's why it works. . .