Archive for 2015

December 25, 2015

Make Time to Reorganize Your Pleasant Prairie Pallet Racking Systems to Maximize Efficiency

While some warehouses stock and ship the same items throughout the year, more often they have seasonal SKUs that increase and decrease in popularity throughout the year. This is true for most retail business as their inventory changes through the year and meets the seasonal needs of their customers. Having seasonal SKUs means the hottest area of your Pleasant Prairie pallet racking systems probably changes depending on the season and changes the travel patterns of your team. If that’s the case, you might want to consider using a rotating system on your pallet racking systems instead of fixed locations.

A rotating system allows you to bring items that are the most popular SKUs at the moment to locations closest to your pick and pack areas. Bringing these items closer to your team minimizes the amount of time your team is traveling to get them, packing them, and send them out the door. It also eliminates a need to change their travel patterns, keeping travel time consistent all year long no matter how your inventory changes in your warehouse. You’ll see an increase in efficiency when you just a few minutes to reorganize your warehouse depending on your popular SKU numbers.

This might not be the solution for everyone. All warehouses need to determine the system that works best for them, based on inventory, employees, space confinements, and other factors. However, if you haven’t tried a rotating SKU system for your seasonal merchandise, you may want to put it into action and see the difference it makes. You could end up making your Pleasant Prairie pallet racking systems more efficient than ever.

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December 24, 2015

Make Time to Review Forklift Safety Around Your Chicago Pallet Rack Shelving

Reviewing forklift safety should be a part of the regular training schedule in your Chicago warehouse. If it’s been awhile since you’ve gone over forklift safety with your team, you’ll want to get it on the schedule soon. The busy holiday season will likely have your warehouse team moving quickly, and you don’t want to sacrifice safety for speed. By the end of the season, both your team and your Chicago pallet rack shelving will thank you.

Forklifts are a vital part of your warehouse, but they can be a major source of cost and damage if not used properly. Remind your team to use best practices when driving and working around the forklift, and treat all machinery with respect. Also, make them aware of the importance of notifying management about any accidents in the forklift, no matter how minor they might seem. This will allow your management team to address any damage done to your Chicago pallet rack shelving as well as ensure proper workmen’s compensation rules are followed.

Chances are accidents will happen this holiday season as you are in a rush to get your products out the door. Going over forklift and other safety precautions multiple times during the season can help lower the frequency of the accidents as well as the severity. If you need help with pallet rack shelving inspections or replacements during your busy holidays, just give the DAK Equipment team a call. We’ll get you set up with everything you need to keep products flowing safety in and out of your Chicago warehouse.

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December 23, 2015

Consider a Phased Installation of Selective Pallet Rack in Your Wisconsin Warehouse

Not all warehouses have the luxury of starting with a clean slate. In fact, the majority of the Wisconsin warehouses our DAK Equipment team works with have existing materials handling system, inventory, and shipping materials in place. When they decide it’s time to upgrade their materials handling equipment or install new equipment to handle new inventory, they’ll need to work around what is already there. In this case, a phased installation of their selective pallet rack system could be the right answer.

Instead of shutting down your warehouse for an extended period of time, a phased installation of selective pallet racks in your Wisconsin warehouse allows you to continue operating while only closing down a portion of your operation. If you choose to have our installation team do the work for you, they will work with you to develop a timeline that gets the installation work done as quickly as possible with the least amount of disruption to your team. Through a phased installation, you’ll get the equipment you need to be installed without a loss of time or money to your operation.

If you’d like to learn more about how our installation team can help with the phased installation of selective pallet rack in your Wisconsin warehouse, get in contact with our team. Our project managers are eager to work with you to help you develop the best possible material handling flow for your operation. You can contact us through our website and we’ll get back with you right away!

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