Archive for 2017

September 01, 2017

How the Right Pallet Racking Can Solve Inventory Overpopulation in Your Illinois Warehouse

What’s the most precious commodity in your Illinois warehouse? If you ask that question to a warehouse supervisor, almost universally they will tell you that it is space. Your warehouse depends on having enough space to meet the demands of your customers! It makes little or no difference as to what you are storing or the size and weight of the items, space is precious and it can run out quickly. It’s easy to start running out of space if you aren’t using some clever ideas to sort and organize your inventory. One of the best things that a warehouse manager can do to optimize the use of their space and solve the issue of inventory overpopulation is utilizing the right warehouse equipment.

What Equipment Do You Need in Your Warehouse?

It’s important to optimize the basics in your warehouse before you start moving onto more complicated, costly, and time-consuming solutions. The foundation of any good warehouse is your pallet shelves. A professionally designed pallet rack system is not only a cost-effective solution for warehouse storage, it will also:

  • Increase the total space you can utilize for storage. Certain systems, such as narrow aisle and drive-thru pallet racking, allow you to increase the density of your storage in the same amount of square footage.
  • Improve work-flow and reduce labor costs. A well-organized pallet racking can help reduce the number of times the products need to be handled before they make it out the door, and they’ll also make it easier to locate the necessary items on the shelves much faster.
  • Goes a long way to improving the safety of your warehouse environment. Having the right pallet racking system in place helps prevent racking collapse, keeps your team safe when picking and processing items, and prevents injuries by keeping inventory organized and off of the warehouse floor.

Which Racking System is Best For Your Illinois Warehouse?

There are numerous pallet racking options available to you. The key is selecting the right one. By selecting the right pallet racking system, you ensure that your warehouse has the most efficient storage solution that can accomplish the functions of your specific operating needs. Having the wrong system in place, however, can cause your warehouse to work slower, increase operations costs, and run out of the precious commodity of space much faster.

So which racking system should you choose? It will depend on factors specific to your warehouse. For instance, if you have a large variety of products and need to be able to easily access the majority of them at all times, then a selective pallet racking system would probably work best for you. This is the most common racking system used in warehouses around the world. It’s not necessarily the most efficient use of your storage space, but it will definitely maximize your product visibility. For some warehouses, this is the most important factor for picking and processing orders as quickly as possible. This is also ideal for companies that sell products in a warehouse-type setting, as it gives your customers a clear view of your products and allows them to select them off the shelves easily while still providing you with plenty of inventory storage on upper levels. However, if your company stocks small boxes and you don’t require a lot of pallet storage, you’d want to consider a carton plow racking system. This would give you space for all of your smaller boxes and maximize storage space without wasting precious square footage.

There are so many more options available for warehouses. You can learn more about drive-in pallet racking and double-deep pallet racking on our blog as well.

DAK Always Has the Right Warehouse Equipment at the Right Price

We understand that getting your warehouse equipment at the right price is as important as getting the right warehouse equipment in the first place. That’s why we work with many warehouses and distribution centers in Illinois and beyond to help them overcome all of their space issues. First, we’ll partner you with a project manager who is familiar with your area and your industry. They’ll provide you with a complete analysis of your warehouse equipment and help you identify the areas that could be optimized to give you more storage space. They will provide you with information on the equipment that will work best in your environment and provide you with a quote. Our team will work hard to find the best equipment at the best price. Then you can place an order for the items that you want to integrate into your space; we can even take care of the installation!

Give us a call or contact our team through our website. We’d love to talk to you about all of our warehouse services and how we can help you find more space and optimize your current storage. Get in touch with us today!

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August 24, 2017

How DAK Equipment & Engineering Can Help You Win the Next Warehouse Equipment Contract

DAK Equipment & Engineering has been a dealer resource for over 20 years. We understand what it takes to win the contract on a big project and we make sure you have everything you need, including great prices on high-quality warehouse equipment. Our team is experienced in warehouse design, optimization, and planning, so we can help you make the best plan possible for a warehouse and provide the equipment to make that plan come to life.

Let Our Volume Discounts Work For You

One of the ways we work with dealers to win more projects is through our volume discounts. We offer generous price breaks so the more you purchase from us, the more you’ll end up saving. Take advantage of great volume discounts like these:

  • 2% discount for warehouse equipment orders over $5,000
  • 4% discount for warehouse equipment orders over $10,000
  • Spending more than $15,000 on your next order? Give us a call so we can work with you directly to provide the best possible pricing discount on your order.

If the materials that you order don’t have to ship from stock, then we can often provide even deeper discounts. You’ll be putting DAK Equipment’s buying power to work for you, and with decades of experience and relationships with all the major companies, you’ll be at an advantage when working with DAK on your warehousing needs.

We Can Help With Projects Big and Small

We’re not here to only serve big orders, either. We know that sometimes you need to place a smaller order but still want to save money when and where you can. That’s why we work with many of our customers to package small orders with bigger orders in order to help you save money! You’ll get the advantages of a volume discount without having to buy more than you really need.

Of course, if you have a large project coming up, we can handle that, too. Our team has experience working on many projects over the 7-figure mark, and we put our buying power to work to help lower the costs associated with the project. So not only can we fulfill your stock needs, we can meet the demands of all of your biggest clients and projects.

Trust Our Experience, Knowledge, and Dedication

We know that we aren’t the only choice you have when it comes to wholesale warehousing supplies. But there is a reason we’ve been in this business for more than 20 years and why so many of our customers come back to us time and time again for all of their warehouse consulting and equipment needs. We deliver results. We provide deep volume discounts that help our clients save on their projects. And we are dedicated to delivering the best customer service possible during every interaction that we have with you.

If you are looking for a partner to help you win the next warehouse contract, turn to DAK Equipment & Engineering. We’ll make sure you have the information that you need in order to meet the demands of the changing warehousing industry. Give us a call or contact us through our website to speak with one of our project managers in order to learn more about how we can help you with your wholesale needs.

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August 15, 2017

Keep Your Carton Flow Rack Organized with Bins and Boxes

We’ve written a lot about how great carton flow racks can be in the warehouse and distribution center environment! They can help reduce touches and are ideal for your pick line. And these racks really are great, but only if they stay organized. You don’t want to break open a pallet of products, transfer it to a carton flow rack, and end up with a jumble of items. Fortunately, DAK Equipment & Engineering has the carton flow rack bins and boxes that you need to keep everything organized and keep orders going out the door, error free.

The Issue with Disorganized Carton Flow Racks

When your carton flow racks are chaos, it can create a number of issues that can affect the profits of your warehouse:

  • Lost inventory. When racks are messy, you run a much higher risk of losing merchandise. Inventory counts will be off and you’ll end up writing off items that have been misplaced, driving up your costs. Chaotic shelves are more prone to theft, too, because employees assume that you won’t miss those items.
  • Slower pick times. Messy racks also slow down your pick and pack lines, because items can’t immediately be located and workers have to spend their time searching for them. This is an especially big issue for materials handling facilities that are dealing with smaller items.
  • Higher error rates. When your racks are a mess, it’s harder for teams to locate the correct items or even to know that the item they’ve grabbed is the right one. That leads to higher error rates, which means more unsatisfied customers, more returned orders, and ultimately, the risk of losing business.

How to Keep Your Carton Flow Racks Organized

Thankfully, you can count on DAK Equipment to have the perfect solution. Check out the carton flow rack bins and boxes available in our online store. We carry plastic and corrugated bins and boxes as well cabinets of bins so keep all of your smaller items perfectly sorted, labeled, and organized. Workers will be able to locate that needed part in seconds, and at a glance, they’ll be able to determine which items need to be restocked for the next shift. Organization is key when it comes to an efficient facility, and these bins and boxes are the perfect places to start. Other tips to keep you organized include:

  • Keep everything labeled. If something moves, make sure the label goes with it. This helps everyone see where items are and locate them as quickly as possible.
  • Automate wherever possible. Machines are less likely to make simple errors, so automating your picking process can help decrease your error rate and get orders out the door faster.
  • Perform random inventory checks. This helps keep things organized, discourages theft, and gives employees a chance to straighten shelves and locate lost items. Ditch the once-a-year model and check on inventory levels more often.

Place an Order for Bins and Boxes From DAK Today

If chaotic carton flow racking is slowing down your warehouse, it’s time to place an order for bins and boxes from DAK Equipment & Engineering. We have all the pallet shelf and carton flow rack organization accessories you need ready to ship in our online store. You’ll love the selection as well as our prices and the fact that our huge selection helps you find customized storage solutions.

Have questions about a specific item in our online store? Need more information about organizing your carton flow racks? Give the DAK team a call or contact us through our website and we’ll make sure you have the information that you need and help you place your order today!

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