Archive for April, 2017

April 30, 2017

Redundant Processes Are a Big Problem For Today’s Warehouses

There are a number of big issues that are common for warehouses to face. Problems like inventory control, warehouse layout, and picking optimization are all things that our warehouse consultants commonly work with warehouses to improve upon. We love finding solutions that help warehouses build their bottom line and become more efficient. One of the biggest issues that warehouses face, though, is something that many of them don’t realize is happening until we point it out: redundancy of processes.

Redundancy can cause a number of problems in your warehouse, including:

  • Slowing down order processing
  • Increase labor needs
  • Driving up costs
  • Decreasing customer satisfaction

All of these are major issues. They make your warehouse more expensive to run and less efficient. It’s likely that you aren’t aware of how many redundancies are built into your warehouse processes, either, until they’ve been analyzed by an experienced warehouse consultant like the team at DAK Equipment & Engineering.

It’s Time to Identify Your Redundancies

Identifying and eliminating the redundancies in your processes is a healthy move for your warehouse. Finding those redundancies and weeding them out, though, is a process that’s easier said than done. You’ll need to critically examine each step of your process and determine whether or not you are repeating something along the way or if there is data being generated that could be found somewhere else in the process.

Here is a common example. Think about how many people have to interact with a pick slip before it gets out the door to the customer. For many warehouses, that pick slip needs to be handled by up to four people (a picker, checker, packer, and loader) along the way. That’s way too many touches on a product to be an efficient process. Instead of going through all of those people, there is technology that can help eliminate some of those steps and get the order out to a customer faster and with the same accuracy.

Redundancies aren’t just found in your processes, either. They can be found in the movement of your team as well. An example of this can be found in the number of trips a picker takes across a warehouse to pack each order. They might pass the same area multiple times while gathering products. Group orders and restructuring how orders are picked can eliminate those redundant trips. Instead of going to an area each time something is ordered, they can go there once and get everything required for multiple orders, getting those boxes out the door to your customers much faster.

We Can Help Streamline Your Warehouse

Eliminating redundancies in your processes and worker movements can streamline your warehouse. It can reduce your costs, get orders out faster, increase worker satisfaction, and boost your bottom line. It’s tough to find the solutions on your own, though. Often, those working in the warehouse are too close to the situation to determine what needs to be done to make it more efficient. Having a third party examine your processes and your warehouse layout can help you find and eliminate those redundancies.

That’s exactly what the warehouse consultants at DAK Equipment & Engineering can do for you. If your warehouse could use a boost in efficiency, you need to contact our team. You can give us a call or contact us through our website to get started. We work with warehouses all over the United States and can put you in touch with a representative who understands your needs and is familiar with your area. Don’t put off this call! We’ll make it simple to get the help your warehouse needs to start working more efficiently. Get in touch with us today!

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April 27, 2017

Why Tech Might be Enhancing Your Team Instead of Replacing It

There are a lot of discussions–and worry–within the warehouse and distribution center industry about automation and technology. The replacement of workers by artificial intelligence is something that’s on everyone’s mind and it seems to just be a matter of time before robots are doing the job that humans are doing in your warehouse. It’s true that in some warehouses, that’s already happening. Super high-tech warehouses run by internet giants are largely automated and the trend is likely to continue.

But that doesn’t mean we’re facing a future of warehouses devoid of human workers. There are going to be plenty of job opportunities within the warehousing and distribution center fields for humans. After all, there are processes within the warehouse that certainly require a human touch and critical thinking skills. For now, at least, those are things that can’t be replicated by a robot.

Make Way for Tech in Your Warehouse Equipment

Technology is going to be making its way into your warehouse, though, more and more. Simple automation like conveyor systems and automated inventory controls are just the beginning. What’s more likely to happen in the coming years than technology replacing your human team members is technology that enhances their abilities. That’s where wearable tech comes into play.

Wearable tech is (as you can probably guess) technology that you can wear on your person. It’s devices like watches that pair with your smartphone, pedometers that measure your steps and your heart rate, and glasses or VR helmets that enhance reality around you. There are a number of ways that those sort of tech can be used in the warehouse environment, and some warehouses are already experimenting with wearable tech devices within the warehouse and seeing tremendous results from it.

The applications for this technology are pretty exciting. Imagine being able to communicate changes to a customer’s order in real time with the team picking the order. They might have a watch that updates them on the order or alerts them to an exchange while they are on the floor. It could help speed up the picking process, too, by alerting them to items that need to be picked when they are in a certain area of the warehouse. Or, imagine equipping your team with glasses that enhance their reality, giving them real-time updates on inventory as they work or alerting them to new deliveries on the dock.

How Will You Be Integrating Tech in Your Warehouse?

The applications of this kind of technology are almost limitless and it’s likely we’ll start seeing more and more of this wearable technology in the warehouse environment in the coming years. It will be exciting to see how the technology integrates with your team to help them work faster, smarter, more efficiently, and with fewer errors than ever before. There is no denying that advancing technology could end up cutting the need for labor within your warehouse, but the labor that’s there is going to be streamlined and more efficient than ever.

Are you looking for ways to cut costs and streamline your warehouse equipment, integrating it with the latest warehouse technology? We can help you find the right solutions for your warehouse, no matter what your needs and your budget. Our team has the latest warehouse equipment that can help your warehouse work smarter. We’ll help you get it all setup and even help you develop best practices for using it all. Are you ready to get started? Give us a call or contact us through our website today for more information and to speak to a member of our warehouse consulting teams.

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April 24, 2017

Join the DAK Team as a Sale Engineer/Project Manager

DAK Equipment & Engineering began in Chicago over 20 years ago. Ever since that first day, we’ve established ourselves as the go-to source for warehouse equipment and consulting. It’s been with the help of our incredible employees that we’ve continued to grow and succeed in this business, providing more services that our customers need to run their warehouses more efficiently than ever. We’re proud of the work that we do and the people that we get to work with on a daily basis. And now, we’re looking for some new people to join our Sale Engineer & Project Management teams!

We’re Hiring!

DAK is hiring salespeople who are passionate about helping those in the materials handling industry find the right products and services for their business. You’ll have a dedicated territory within the United States where you will work with an existing list of clients as well as look for new growth opportunities. We believe in building relationships with our customers and working to find them the best solutions to their material handling needs. We focus on business-to-business sales in an industrial environment, providing incredible customer service and high-quality products so our clients know they can rely on us for all of their warehouse needs. Our salespeople are responsible for the development, sales, implementation and management of projects including:

  • Pallet Racking
  • Shelving
  • Mezzanines
  • In Plant Office
  • Conveyor Systems
  • And more

What Are We Looking For?

We’re looking for motivated sales people who can help DAK Equipment & Engineering continue to build upon our reputation for excellence. Here are some of the things we’re looking for:

  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering/Operations is preferred.
  • 2-4 years of experience in project management or direct sales preferred.
  • 2-4 years of experience in the material handling field preferred.
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD and or blueprint reading would be helpful
  • High school education, plus additional years of continuing education with emphasis on sales and marketing. Previous field experience is a plus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers, management and co-workers.
  • Must be skilled in PC applications, including word processing, file management, project management spreadsheets and presentation software.
  • An understanding of equipment specifications and perform mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to perform light to medium physical work, including sufficient strength and agility to occasionally exert up to 50 pounds of force.
  • Must have the physical stamina to handle 10-pound loads continuously with full body motion for climbing, reaching, pushing, lifting and reaching, etc.

Work is performed in an office environment as well as a wide range of customer locations and facilities. Frequent travel to these locations is required.

The demands of the position often exceed normal working conditions. Company workloads may require work after hours or on weekends.
Think you have what it takes to join our incredible team of Sales Engineers & Project Managers? Then we’d love to hear from you!

Ready to Join the DAK Team?

You can learn more about the position or submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@dakequipment.com. Jobs with DAK often receive a high number of applications, so we won’t be able to respond to every applicant, but you will hear from us if you are selected for an interview. We’re excited to find the next great people who will be joining the DAK Equipment & Engineering team and helping us grow our warehouse equipment & consulting business.

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