Archive for June, 2017

June 30, 2017

Five Things Your Warehouse Needs Besides Pallet Rack Shelving

When it comes to warehouse equipment, there are a lot of options out there. From different brands to style to various warehousing solutions, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The most popular piece of warehouse equipment, by far, is pallet rack shelving. You’ll be hard pressed to find a warehouse that doesn’t have some pallet racking somewhere. It’s incredibly useful not only for pallets but with a few additions it can be just as useful for storing cartons and other items. But pallet rack shelving isn’t the only thing you need in order to create a functional, smoothly-running warehouse environment. Here are five more recommendations from our warehouse consultants about the equipment you might want to consider adding to your space.

Additional Warehouse Equipment to Optimize Your Space

  • Upright protection. Adding protection to your pallet shelves can increase their lifespan, protecting them from damage from forklifts and other heavy equipment. It also adds an additional layer of protection for your employees and costs very little to implement in your warehouse. You’ll love how it reduced your costs for repair and replacement, paying for itself several times over.
  • A prefabricated office. Quickly add a break room or additional office space to your warehouse with a prefabricated office. No one wants their desk in the middle of the warehouse and they don’t want to eat their lunch in the warehouse, either. Give workers a space of their own with this fast, easy and inexpensive option. It’s a great boost to morale, not to mention a much less expensive way to add functionality to your warehouse.
  • Industrial lockers. No one shows up to work empty handed. Give your employees a safe place to store their personal items on the job. DAK Equipment sells a variety of industrial lockers suitable for any facility, whether you need basic lockers for the break room or something state-of-the-art for secure storage. Many options can even be customized!
  • Industrial conveyor systems. Conveyors are one of the most efficient ways to move items in your warehouse from point A to point B. You don’t have to waste human labor on something that an automated conveyor can do for you. Once the conveyor is in place, it can be cost savings to your company, not to mention help move items through the picking and packing process much faster. Conveyors can be customized to your warehouse space, so no matter what your set up is like, there is a way to automate your product movement.
  • Mezzanine level. One of the biggest concerns for many warehouses is running out of space for storage. A mezzanine level can effectively double your square footage without the need for an expensive expansion of your current space. You’ll be utilizing the overhead space of your warehouse, where you can add pallet racking shelving, a picking area, a modular office, or whatever else your warehouse needs to operate at peak efficiency.

Take Your Warehouse from Good to Great

What else do you think a good warehouse needs in order to become a great warehouse? It’s a different answer for every warehouse. Whatever it is, though, DAK Equipment & Engineering has it. We’d love to talk to you about your warehousing needs, whether you are looking for warehouse equipment to help you fulfill orders faster or for optimization solutions that help you get as much use out of every inch of your space. You can get in touch with our team by giving us a call or contacting us through our website. One of our warehouse equipment specialists or project managers will get back with you right away to help you find the warehouse equipment that takes your space from good to great.

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June 25, 2017

Our Warehouse Consultants Can Design Your Perfect Warehouse Layout

Whether you are setting up your warehouse for the first time, reconfiguring it for a change in inventory, or know that you have room for improvement in your current design, optimizing the layout of your warehouse can have a huge positive impact on your business. Optimization can lead to greater productivity, less wasted time, less damaged merchandise, and more error-free orders going out the door to happy customers.

Working with our warehouse designers on your layout will help your business save time and money. You won’t have to waste time moving your warehouse equipment around, finding the right setup and delaying orders. Every pallet rack will be in the perfect place thanks to our details, customized plans. The efficient use of space will end up saving you money, not to mention the increase in orders when customers get their purchases quickly, on time, and without errors. That brings more business to your warehouse and more money to your bottom line.

How We Help With Warehouse Layout and Design

A major part of your warehouse optimization will involve knowing the best place to put items like pallet rack, carton flow shelving, conveyor belts, and other materials handling equipment. The warehouse consultants at DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you identify the optimal layout so you can work at peak efficiency in your warehouse. How you set up your warehouse is the first that you’ll take to ensure that everything that happens afterward goes smoothly, and you stay on time and on a budget.

When you come to DAK Equipment & Engineering for help with your warehouse layout, you’ll be partnered with a warehouse consultant who understands your industry. They’ll take the time to get to know more about your business, the unique features of your space, and any challenges that your warehouse is currently facing. Then they will work with you to develop custom Auto CAD drawings of the warehouse setup that maximizes the potential of your space, using both your current equipment and making suggestions about new equipment that could help you improve your work flow. You can view multiple options so you can your team can determine which one will work the best for your needs and your budget.

No two warehouses are the same. They don’t have the same equipment, store the same materials, or face the same challenges. That’s why a one-size-fits-all solution isn’t going to work for your warehouse. That’s why we work with warehouses across the Midwest and throughout the United States on developing custom plans based on the needs of their particular warehouse. We can use the equipment you already have or supplement with materials and equipment from DAK’s supply to ensure you have what your warehouse needs.

We Find the Right Layout for Your Equipment & Needs

 

If you think there is room for improvement in your warehouse layout, it’s time to get in touch with our team of warehouse designers. Let’s look at your current warehouse layout and discover ways we can help it improve. When we create a layout that you love, we can even help you get it set up with our selection of warehouse equipment and installation services. Our team can take care of everything from start to finish, freeing you up to concentrate on other important aspects of running your warehouse. We make this an easy and stress-free process, and you’ll love working with our knowledgeable team.

Give us a call or contact us through our website today to learn more about our warehouse optimization services and how we can help you design a warehouse that works as hard as you do. We’re looking forward to optimizing your warehouse!

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June 20, 2017

Easy Ways You Can Boost Employee Productivity This Week

Employee productivity is one of the biggest concerns of a warehouse manager. The harder your employees work, the better your warehouse functions and the more profit you’ll see each quarter. Motivating employees to work harder and faster isn’t an easy thing, though, and it requires you to strike the right balance. Push them too hard, and you’ll see a sharp decline in productivity along with turnover issues. Don’t push them hard enough, and you’ll actually see the same issues. If you are looking for ways to increase the productivity of your team, we have some easy ways you can increase their output this week. If you haven’t already implemented these strategies, the time to do them is now!

Use These Tips to Boost Warehouse Productivity

Set goals for each employee.

Goals are useful for a number of reasons. It can help you estimate how much labor you are going to need each week as well as help you plan for budgets. For an employee, a productivity goal can motivate an employee to push themselves a little further to achieve the goal you’ve set for them. The key is to set the goal just far enough to be a challenge but not so far as to be discouraging. Look at what they did that same week the previous year and add a few percentage onto that. That’s a good place to start and will feel within reach to your team.

Set up training sessions.

The better trained the employee, the greater their productivity. If it’s been a while since you’ve held a training meeting, schedule a couple right now. Focus on training that helps employees develop their skills, perform tasks faster, and give you feedback on things you could do to help them eliminate unnecessary or repetitive tasks on the warehouse floor. Training doesn’t have to come just from management, either. If you have an employee that excels in productivity, encourage them to lead a training meeting to share their secrets with others.

Reduce their downtime.

Downtime is the killer of the warehouse. Everyone deserves breaks and lunches, so that’s not what we’re talking about here. It’s the downtime associated with waiting for the next task. That might be time for the computer to load, pick slips to print, tape to be delivered, or their teammate to pick up the next load of boxes. Whatever it is that’s causing idle time, see if you can’t eliminate it. Even shaving a few seconds off of a task can add up to a lot of saved time over the course of a year. Shave off a couple seconds here or there and you’ll see a ton of time savings. Look for tasks that leave employees idle (often through no fault of their own) or ask them what takes the longest to do during the day. See what you can do to increase the productivity involved in those tasks and watch your output go up.

Need More Help with Productivity in Your Warehouse?

Our team is here to help! Our warehouse consultants work with warehouses all over the United States on their productivity issues. If it’s your warehouse layout and design that’s holding you back or your inventory needs to be more efficiently arranges, we can help you uncover the reasons behind low productivity, develop a plan, and implement it. You’ll love what we can do to help kick your warehouse into high gear.

Give us a call or contact us through our website to speak to one of our warehouse consultants. No matter what you are struggling with inside your warehouse, we’ll help you find the solution. Let’s get to work!

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