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September 09, 2019

Want to Increase Warehouse Profits? Read This…

When you start a small business, you are usually just looking to survive. However, once everything is up and running, you want to do more than just survive — you want to thrive. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help your small business, whether it’s shipping and receiving, a hardware store, or a clothing store, thrive by offering you solutions for your warehouse that will improve your warehouse operations and optimize your warehouse logistics to eliminate wasted time. Keep reading below for tips on how to increase warehouse profits, and then contact us today to get started!

TIPS TO INCREASE WAREHOUSE PROFITS

Hire a warehouse consultant.

Sometimes you just need an outside perspective, especially if you are the business owner who is so close to the business, it’s hard to see it. DAK Equipment & Engineering has over 20 years of looking for inefficiencies in warehouses. We’ve innovated some of the best equipment and implemented ideas that have transformed warehouse operations, as our client testimonials indicate. We are experts in warehouse planning and design and can help you, whether you are looking to expand, you’re moving into a new building, or you just want your current warehouse to run in tip-top order. When you partner with us, we’ll first run an audit to see what you are doing now. Then we’ll form a strategy and plan and then collaborate to make your warehouse run how you envision.

Consider requiring appointments for delivery.

We’ve all been there when 10 people show up wanting to drop off goods. It usually degenerates into a chaotic mess, costing way too much time, as frantic searches for paperwork ensues and tempers flare. We here at DAK Equipment & Engineering understand that deliveries don’t always run on time. From the car accident on the freeway to the snow storm that blew in out of nowhere, shipping and receiving of goods can vary. However, one way to help prevent goods from just sitting around in your warehouse unopened and unprocessed is to schedule delivery appointments. This spreads out the deliveries, gives you time to process what has just arrived, and time to prepare for the next one.

DAK Equipment & Engineering recommends either blanket assigning vendors windows or assign recurring vendors the same window each day or week as needed. If you share a loading dock with another company, this is absolutely critical or you will constantly be running into each other. Furthermore, your staff should be trained on having the paperwork ready as well to speed up loading and unloading times. This should keep surprise deliveries down to a minimum

Implement ABC analysis for inventory items.

ABC analysis involves assigning items a letter, either A, B, or C, based on their importance in the supply chain. A items are sold the most and thus only account for 10-20% of the inventory since it’s frequently being sold. C items are sold the least and make up about half of the inventory items. B items fall in the middle. A items are recommended to be under tighter controls and monitoring since they generate the largest revenue. They should be tightly monitored, even with lock and key. The supplies of A items should be checked more frequently as well in order to keep sufficient supply on hand for orders. DAK Equipment & Engineering recognizes this may not be efficient for every business, depending on the number of products you offer, but it is worth investigating, especially if you are finding yourself constantly running out of your most popular items.

Picking order analysis.

In our last blog post, we talked about examining how you organize items on the shelves of your warehouse. Here, it’s important to analyze your picking order, or how you pull an item off the shelf for delivery. There are many types of warehouse picking orders you can implement as part of your warehouse logistics strategy (which DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you with), but suffice it to say for now that picking order affects how fast you fulfill customer orders, the accuracy of the order, and the time it takes for your staff to do so. We want to emphasize that improvements in your picking order methodology can drastically affect your supply chain productivity.

Money talks.

Warehouse operations are not easy. It takes a lot of manpower to run a warehouse successfully, even if you’ve invested in a good amount of warehouse automation. From fulfilling orders, unpacking products, picking and packing goods for reshipment, and fielding customer questions, your staff is busy. Offering incentives to encourage better workflow could go a long way to increasing your productivity, which increases your profits. Plus, creating goodwill amongst your employees by rewarding them on top of their pay is just good business sense. Your employee retention rate will increase, as will employee happiness in the workplace.

WHY DAK EQUIPMENT & ENGINEERING

DAK Equipment & Engineering is the best in the business when it comes to warehouse logistics, design, and operations. We offer warehouse consulting services in order to maximize your warehouse workings so you can continue to invest and grow. For over 20 years, we’ve been providing not only warehouse logistics design and services and racking inspection services, but we’ve also led the way in warehouse equipment needs, such as offering pallet flow racks, drive in pallet racking, double deep pallet racks, wire decks, and our very own K3 Werks for your warehouse storage needs. Contact us today to get started!

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August 27, 2019

5 Warehouse Tips You Can’t Ignore

Operating a warehouse is no easy task. It requires discipline, coordination, organization, and time-management skills. When a warehouse is run efficiently and smoothly, goods are delivered on time, customers are happy, and profits increase. When a warehouse is run inefficiently with constant hiccups, goods arrive late, customers are disgruntled, and profits decrease as the need to redo operations increases.

DAK Equipment & Engineering was founded over 20 years ago to help you run your warehouse optimally so your customers are happy. We offer warehouse consulting services that will help you to pinpoint inefficiencies in your warehouse operations and your warehouse layout and logistics. We’ll form a strategy for your to optimize your warehouse automation procedures as well as your warehouse logistics. In addition, we offer our proprietary KW Werks line that will help you do just that, offering drive in pallet racking, wire decks, industrial conveyor systems, and warehouse mezzanine systems. Continue reading below, and then contact us today for all your warehouse solutions!

5 WAREHOUSE TIPS YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE

Identify your warehouse inefficiencies.

Your goal is to operate a lean warehouse, meaning everything is in its place, operating efficiently, and with little hiccups. You want to aim to reduce handling time, time it takes to unload and load trucks, and increase communication between employees. Most warehouses are not just a place to store goods anymore. They are a temporary storage of goods that are in constant motion. From minimizing downtime in machines to constantly being on top of your inventory levels, efficient warehouse operations can greatly increase profitability since the more goods you move, the more money you make. DAK Equipment & Engineering specializes in helping your warehouse maximize its processes and logistics to be more profitable. Contact us today to learn more!

Don’t let shipments just sit around.

As a warehouse owner and operator or a warehouse manager, you don’t want your employees sitting around, not doing anything. This analogy applies similarly with your goods. Allowing recently received goods to sit around instead of being inventoried, processed, and prepared to ship out again is only costing you money. DAK Equipment & Engineering suggests you unpack the boxes as soon as they arrive, break down the cardboard boxes, haul them out to the recycling, and then stock the goods accordingly. This will save you a ton of time when it is time to ship them out.

Invest in your employees.

Most people hate being bored and love learning. If given a choice, they wouldn’t just sit around, twiddling their thumbs. Invest in employee training on all of your warehouse operations and processes. This will not only increase the efficiency of your warehouse, but it will also encourage innovation from your employees as they discover ways to do things better. Furthermore, DAK Equipment & Engineering notes that educated employees are safe employees, and they are employees who want to stick around longer instead of looking for other jobs.

Constantly strive for improvement.

Sitting on your laurels will work for a while, until your competitor, who is constantly innovating, passes you by a landslide. There is always ways to innovate and make a process better or faster than it was before. Perhaps technology has finally caught up to your packing procedures. Or perhaps even adding in a ramp could speed up loading and unloading times. Get your employees involved. Sometimes the best ideas come from outside perspectives. DAK Equipment & Engineering notes that perhaps you should consider an equipment upgrade, such as our K3 Werks products. From our wire partitions to our double deep pallet rack, you may be able to pack more products in a smaller space. Constantly asking the questions and striving to answer them with better warehouse operations will keep you ahead of your competition.

Reconsider how you organize your inventory.

Traditionally, you’ll have the same inventory stored on one shelf. For example, one shelf might house boys’ pants in all sizes imaginable. However, this could lead to errors in packing. Instead, try to think how to organize based on how your customers order. You’ll want to look for patterns. For example, if you have one customer who consistently orders the same goods, stocking those together will be a huge time saver rather than running back and forth across the warehouse to gather the customer’s order. This is just one example where experimenting with how you organize your inventory can make a big difference in packing efficiencies. DAK Equipment & Engineering wants to help you organize your warehouse operations and supplies better by offering our K3 Werks products, which can support all of your warehouse goods. Contact us today to get started!

EXPERIENCE THE DAK EQUIPMENT & ENGINEERING DIFFERENCE

DAK Equipment & Engineering was founded over 20 years ago with the idea to make warehouses better. We do this by helping you find the inefficiencies in your warehouse management and processes as you constantly strive for improvement. We not only offer the physical means to hold your goods, such as what our K3 Werks products offer, but we also offer exceptional organizational means as well, such as our selective pallet racking systems and decking, which can store all shapes and sizes. Our warehouse mezzanine systems allow you to take advantage of unused space overhead for storage purposes.

When you partner with DAK Equipment & Engineering, you’ll not only receive a strategy for your warehouse, but also you’ll get the means and tools to implement your warehouse solutions. Contact us today to get started!

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August 18, 2019

The History of the Warehouse

At the heart of the matter is the purpose of a warehouse. A warehouse is just want the name says — a house that harbors wares. Wares are articles of merchandise or manufactured goods that are sold. Stemming from the Old English “waru” or commodity and may be perhaps the same word as the Scots “ware”, which means cautiousness, a ware has the sense of an object of care.

Because you are storing objects that you intend to sell which either you made or you bought to resell, there’s a lot of money at stake (and frankly sitting) in a warehouse. DAK Equipment & Engineering provides warehouse consulting services in order to help you maximize the use of your warehouse space through warehouse layout optimization. We can help with conveyor system design, as well as warehouse facility layout and design. In addition, we offer our proprietary K3 pallet racks, wire decks, storage racks, industrial shelving, industrial racking, heavy duty racking, teardrop racking, and our K3 Werks line, which is our proprietary line of high-quality distribution center equipment that includes the K3 pallet racks. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the history of the warehouse and its purpose, as well as how it helps you do your job more effectively. Contact us today!

HISTORY OF THE WAREHOUSE

In ancient times, no one needed places to store goods. You would produce a good, say a shirt, and then immediately take it to market and either sell it or barter it for something you needed. You couldn’t afford to hold onto inventory least you starve to death. You could argue that food was stored for the winter by all societies as soon as farming developed around 10,000 BC. However, this was often for personal use and not meant for resale, as wares were meant for. Food was stored when there was excess for use when there was no food. A famous historical record of this is Joseph in the Bible who stored food for use during seven years of feast for use during the seven years of famine in ancient Egypt. For our purposes, DAK Equipment & Engineering, the best warehouse automation solutions company, will just focus on warehouses as used for storage of goods.

Ancient Romans

It is fitting that warehouses first took off during the Roman Empire. So much ingenuity was accomplished during these times that it’s definitely no surprise. As early as the 2nd century BC, the ancient Romans had what they called horreum, or warehouses to store grain, olive oil, wine, food items, clothing, and marble for later use. The biggest warehouse was over 225,000 square feet. To put that in perspective, most warehouses in the United States are less than 100,000 square feet.

Being geniuses as they were, the Romans were always looking to make their lives easier. Hence, these warehouses were the top-of-the-line (and not just because they were the only line) with ramped entrance ways, thick walls to prevent fire, and high windows to prevent theft. Located close to major shipping ports, these warehouses made importing and exporting goods considerably easier than it would have been otherwise. Innovation was definitely the ancient Romans’ middle name.

By 200 AD, the city of Rome had close to 300 warehouses to store the immense quantities of goods that were coming in and out of the city. As the center of trade and commerce and of the world, most goods moved through Rome as some point along its journey. Even rural towns needed warehouses, but on a much smaller scale. These were built on raised platforms for both safety from animals and to serve as a ventilation system since air conditioning did not exist in ancient times. DAK Equipment & Engineering notes that this warehouse solution was genius for its time.

The Dark Ages

The Dark Ages were dark all the way around. Besides virtually all of humanity forgetting the innovations of the past, not much was done in terms of the transportation and storage of goods. You could say that most of the inhabitants of the Middle Ages were so consumed with survival that they had very little time for much else. Warehouses existed, but on a much smaller scale and scope than those of the ancient Romans.

That being said, the tithe barn was created in the Middle Ages. All the majority of the population had to hold on to was God since their lives were so hard 1000 years ago. Hence, most people tithed, or gave 10% of their earnings to God, or the Church. Most people didn’t have cash to work with so the tithes would be taken in the form of goods, which had to be stored somewhere. Tithe barns were built for just that purpose. Warehouses of old continued to be used, but any newer ones constructed were considerably smaller and were of stone as the need had diminished from Roman times. The denizens of the Dark Ages definitely needed the warehouse planning and design services that DAK Equipment & Engineering offers today.

The Industrial Age

With the production of many goods being ramped up in the 17th and 18th centuries, warehouses began to be in vogue again. However, instead of just storing goods, warehouses needed to be able to move goods around, invoking the beginnings of supply chain management. Traditional stone building materials were replaced by brick and iron.

Another huge leap in warehouse use was for railroads. Railroads needed to store fuel, such as coal, tools, rails, nails, rail ties, and other goods for repair needs, in addition to goods they were transporting to and fro across the nation. These rail warehouses allowed companies to store their goods along the rail lines in order to maximize the efficient movement of goods.

As the Industrial Age continued in full force, more and more warehouses were built, and they began to be designed for specialty industries, such as wool, textiles, or importing and exporting. Warehouses began to increase in size again as more and more wares needed to be stored. This was the inklings of the warehouse solutions and warehouse operations that were to come.

The 20th Century

With technology growing at exponential rates, warehouses began to implement machines to help and facilitate the movement of goods. Warehouses were now being built all over the globe as companies could now produce an incredible amount of goods through the use of machines in order to store for future use. DAK Equipment & Engineering was founded at the end of the 20th century in order to help small businesses achieve their warehouse layout optimization goals.

WAREHOUSES TODAY

One word sums up the modern warehouse: automation. Whereas in the past manpower was required to physically move goods to and fro in a warehouse on their way to their shipping destination, now machines do most of the heavy lifting with humans only telling them what to do, when, and how. Products are moved on automated conveyors organized completely by machines. This trend in automating every warehouse will only continue as the technology becomes cheaper to innovate.

HOW DAK TECHNOLOGY & EQUIPMENT CAN HELP

DAK Equipment & Engineering is on the forefront of warehouse innovations in the 21st century. Our mission is to optimize your processes, creating the maximum amount of efficiencies and maximizing your warehouse space in order to increase your revenue. When you partner with us for our top-of-the-line K3 Werks products, which include the K3 Werks Rack, K3 Rack, K3 Pallet Rack, and the K3 Warehouse systems, you can rest assured that your warehouse will be operating at max performance.

DAK Equipment & Engineering wants to help you improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs through your distribution system. Our warehouse solutions will help every warehouse process work together seamlessly. Our team can help you design and implement a strategy that includes material design and integration services to move you into the future of warehouse capabilities. Contact us today to get started!

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