Chicago Industrial Shelves

April 01, 2016

Five Ways to Make More Room on Your Industrial Shelves

Running out of space on the industrial shelves in your warehouse is more than inconvenient. It could end up costing your business both time and money, and if it isn’t addressed quickly, it could even cause accidents and injuries in your facility. Industrial shelves need house your inventory but do so in a way that makes it easy for your team to find what they need. If your shelves aren’t doing that, they are slowing down the efficiency of your warehouse. Your team will need to look longer and harder for the items that they need, slowing down order fulfillment and assembly, and costing you more in labor when it comes to each product you either send out or create. Cluttered shelves can pose risks to your employees, too, with improperly stacked merchandise that could be prone to falling and injuring someone.

If your shelves are at their limit, you may not necessarily need new shelves; you may just need a better system. Here are some tips that you can use to make more room on your shelves for everything that you need:

  1. Remove clutter. Sometimes shelves are cluttered with things that don’t need to be there. If it isn’t a part of your inventory, move it off of your industrial shelves and find a better place for it. Leave shelf space to the items that make you money, not your team’s lunches.
  2. Keep them neat. A neatly organized shelf will have more space than one where everything is just tossed in together. You’ll be able to see your inventory more clearly which will speed up production, as well.
  3. Do an inventory. Inventory is a great way to determine what products should be there and what shouldn’t be there, as well as force your team to do some cleaning up as they go through your space.
  4. Put small things in bins. Small objects can take up a lot of space on industrial shelves, not because of their size but because of the fact there are so many. Put small items into bins to keep them labeled, organized, and maximize the use of your space.
  5. Stick to a process. Write out a process and have your team stick to it. This will eliminate confusion about where things are supposed to go and where they might be found within the warehouse, helping to prevent your industrial shelves from becoming a dumping ground.

Taking a few small steps towards organization can help keep the industrial shelves within your warehouse neat, clean, and ready to hold more inventory. If these steps aren’t cutting it, contact DAK Equipment & Engineering. We’ll help you make more space within your warehouse for all of your needs and can provide the new equipment or a sophisticated warehouse layout design to help you make the most of your existing equipment. We also offer automation services, installation, and removal services to meet all of your warehouse and material handling needs. Get in touch with our team today for more information on what we can do for you.

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March 29, 2016

Our Chicago Industrial Shelves Could be the Answer You Need

Did you know that Chicago ranks second in the nation for the number of fast-growing small businesses? That’s excited news for small business owners, their employees, and the economy of Chicago. DAK Equipment works with many small businesses in the area, helping them find the storage, picking, and packing solutions that they need for their small to medium sized warehouses. If you are a small to medium sized business owner who is struggling with storage or picking solutions, DAK Equipment is ready to help! We have the industrial shelves, bins, carts, and warehouse equipment you need.

Start by giving our project managers a call. They’ll take the time to get to know your small business and understand the difficulties that you are currently facing. Once they understand the issues, they’ll get to work helping you find the right solutions. We offer industrial shelving that can give you the storage space you need, bins and gravity flow racks to keep SKUs sorted and ready to ship and the warehouse equipment that can keep your teams safe while helping them move more efficiently. We’ll make our suggestions and you can choose to implement any or all of them in your warehouse!

We love working with small businesses. We know that running your own business is challenging and excited, and you need to work with trusted partners who can help make your business a success. DAK Equipment wants to be your partner! Give us a call or contact us through our website and get started with one of our project managers today on warehouse layouts, inspections, or any of our other great Chicago warehouse services.

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March 23, 2016

How to Organize Your Chicago Industrial Shelves

Industrial shelves are a great additional to your Chicago warehouse, but they won’t do you much good if you aren’t keeping them clean and organized. Industrial shelves shouldn’t be treated as a “catch-all” for items that no one wants to put away properly. Treating them like this can leave your warehouse a disorganized mess and slow down your production. DAK Equipment has tips to help you keep your industrial shelves organized:

  • Use shelf labels. Make sure that each shelf of is clearly labeled with its purpose and what should be on there. Be strict about ensuring that is the only thing appearing on those shelves.
  • Stack items neatly on your shelves. It may seem like a simple thing, but stacking items neatly can not only help you visually identify items faster, but it can help you find more space for storage quickly.
  • Schedule times to clean your shelves. Have a time on your calendar where shelves are sorted, wiped down, and maintained. This will keep them clean and alert you to any maintenance issues early on.
  • Use bins to sort small items. Small items are usually the main culprit of disorganized shelving. Purchase bins from DAK Equipment to sort and store small items on your industrial shelves.

Need more tips? Talk to the DAK Equipment project managers today. They’ll help you get the industrial shelves you need along with accessories that can help you keep your shelving organized and looking its best. Call us or contact us through our website today!

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