Archive for December, 2015

December 19, 2015

Discover What May be Causing the Order Backlog in your Wisconsin Warehouse

If you have the product and you have the manpower, why do you have an order backlog? If your Wisconsin warehouse is struggling to meet the growing demands of your customers even through your pallet shelves are full, it’s time to look at ways to increase your efficiency and output. Consider these potentially problematic areas and their solutions:

  • How far do your employees have to travel to pick items on the order form? Can that distance be shortened? You can often shorten the distance traveled to fulfill an order with simple restructuring of where you are putting items on the pallet shelves in your Wisconsin warehouse. Place items which are ordered often at the front of the warehouse, and less frequently ordered items towards the back. You may also consider entering a conveyor belt system to move product from the warehouse to the shipping area, cutting down on how far employees need to walk. The additional benefit is that employees can work on gathering other items or focus on other tasks while the products are in transit.
  • What kind of automation are we using? Are there areas we are utilizing manpower that could be just as easily done by a machine? This is a more complicated area to consider, especially if you aren’t familiar with what’s possible in today’s modern warehouse. Seek the advice of an expert in this area. They’ll be able to point you to solution that can free your employees from needless tasks and help them increase their production.

Need help looking at these areas? Our team can help. We offer everything your warehouse needs, from pallet shelves to warehouse design, inspections, and more. Give us a call today and let’s find the reasons for your order backlogs and the solutions to fix them.

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December 18, 2015

3 Things You Might Not Know About Selective Pallet Rack

You probably use a selective pallet rack every day in your Chicago warehouse, but you might not know much about them. The DAK Equipment team works with these racks every day, and we can understand why people love them. Check out these facts about your selective pallet rack:

  • They are inexpensive. The relatively¬†simple system can be massed produced, making it an affordable choice for a warehouse on a budget. Most warehouses are able to get the selective pallet racks that they need without stretching their budget–and DAK Equipment can help them find ways to save or maximize on space, too.
  • They are versatile. Selective pallet racks can be easily modified to fit a variety of pallet and carton sizes so you get a customized fit for your product line.
  • They are the most popular rack used in warehouses. They beat out carton flow, gravity flow, and other racks to be the most commonly used in the American warehouse. You’ll find them in almost every warehouse you visit. That’s due in part because of their affordability and versatility in the warehouse environment.

If you’ve been looking for more storage solutions for your warehouse, DAK Equipment in Chicago can help you determine whether or not selective pallet racks are the right choice for you. We offer sales, installation, and repair services for warehouse & materials handling equipment of all kinds. Give us a call today and let’s talk about the kind of selective pallet rack that you need as well as any other warehouse equipment needs you may have. We’ll get you set up with everything you need right away!

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December 17, 2015

Could Your Packaging Be Decreasing the Efficiency of Your Pallet Rack?

When you developed the packaging for your products in Milwaukee WI, what were your first concerns? For many, it’s the look of the product itself. Of course this is an important factor–consumers are much more likely to purchase a product with attractive packaging–but it isn’t the only thing you should be worried about for your packaging needs. When it comes to designing the packaging for your products, be sure to think about how they’ll sit in a pallet rack.

If you work with a supply chain expert in your business, they probably brought this up in a design meeting–and you should listen to them. Your packaging may be gorgeous, but if it doesn’t fit well on a standard pallet rack, it might not be worth it. You could end up paying far more in shipping and handling than you intended to do, and that can greatly increase your cost of goods. Avoid these errors by paying attention to your packaging design and talking with your warehouse team. They’ll help you figure out how you can improve your packaging in order to make it more efficient.

Once you have your packaging figured out, we can handle the pallet rack. DAK Equipment offers great pricing on pallet racks so you can get them installed in plenty of time to hold all of your new products. Let us know what your materials handling needs are and we’ll get to work helping you get your warehouse set up and ready to go. Give us a call today to get a free quote on our pallet rack systems, warehouse design services, and more!

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