Dealing with Warehouse Labor Shortages

July 26, 2018

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If you run a distribution center, factory or warehouse, it’s not news to you that labor is in tight supply. Demands is up, and workers — particularly skilled, motivated, productive ones — have more options than ever. E-commerce has transformed the business, with constantly-escalating demand for pickers, packers, assembly workers, drivers and warehouse labor. With national unemployment rates below 4%, many other industries are competing with you for the same labor pool. What can you do to cope with these issues?

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Stack the Deck: a Detailed Guide to Pallet Rack Decking Types

July 24, 2018

pallet rack decking

Pallet rack is a key storage method for effective warehouses, allowing high-cube storage in vertical space along with organizational advantages. When searching for the right pallet rack, you also must consider what decking you want to use with the pallet rack you chose. Each decking option can provide your rack with even more efficiency and storage potential, but which one will work for your rack?

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A Warehouse Manager’s Guide to Safe Product Flow

July 12, 2018

incline conveyor loading in a warehouse

One of the best things about warehouse automation the way it helps your labor force become more flexible.

With the right automation strategy, you can add new people without long training curves. This allows you to expand, hire temporary workers as needed and juggle shifts. When it comes to safety, though, there are behaviors you must account for, no matter how much conveyor or how many robots are at work to simplify the work. Let’s break down the ways you can work to keep people safe near conveyors.

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Fall Protection Basics For Your Warehouse

July 10, 2018

worker using fall protection

Fall protection dominated OSHA’s top 10 list for safety violations. Again.

Worker safety when above ground is an area that every business, from manufacturing to e-commerce, takes careful consideration to address. And with good cause. According to the National Safety Council, fall injuries contribute to a large percentage of workers’ compensation and medical costs for companies from all types of industries. This cost has been approximated at 70 billion dollars annually in the United States alone. You want to provide your employees with the best in fall protection equipment, but what should you look for to create that safe environment?

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