Chicago Industrial Shelves

February 22, 2016

What Pick-to-Light Is and How it Works With Your Industrial Shelves

One of the latest picking methods to hit Chicago industrial shelves is Pick To Light (PTL). This new system uses digital readouts to help the picker locate the items on the shelf and determine how many are in the order. Once the item has been picked for the order, the picker clears the readout by pressing a button on the industrial shelves, indicating to the system that the item has been selected. The PTL system offers several benefits:

  • Lowers error rates. The computerized system indicates which items are on the order, so there is less room for human error by, for instance, incorrectly reading a part number or transposing numbers on the order.
  • High efficient. Pickers won’t have to search their industrial shelves for the correct part; lighted signs will guide the way and speed up the picking process.
  • Easy inventory tracking. As digital readouts are cleared, inventory of that item can automatically be adjusted in your system.

This picking method is great for warehouses that are dealing with a high number of SKUs and could be especially beneficial to e-commerce businesses. The system can be easily integrated into your existing industrial shelves, giving your Chicago business the edge it needs to process orders faster, make more happy customers, and grow your bottom line.

If you are interested in the Pick to Light system and want to find out if it can be integrated into your current shelves, contact DAK Equipment & Engineering. We’ll help you find, install, and start using a system that’s right for you!

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February 21, 2016

Are You Using the Right Picking Method for Your Chicago Industrial Shelves?

What pick method are you using to get items off of your Chicago industrial shelves? There are several methods to choose from, and the best type of pick system for your warehouse will depend on factors such as:

  • inventory type
  • number of employees
  • how your warehouse is set up
  • average order size
  • average order number

Along with many other factors. Choosing the right pick system, though, can help you get more orders out the door as well as minimize injury risk to workers and reduce the number of touches required to get a product off your industrial shelves and out the door.

These are some of the pick systems you’ll have to choose from:

  • Piece picking. One picker, one order. You’ll send your pick team member out with an order and they’ll travel through your warehouse gathering the items on the order list. This isn’t the most efficient method, but it is serviceable for warehouses with low order numbers.
  • Batch picking. One picker, several orders.  A pick team member will go out with several orders, sometimes organized on a tiered cart, and gather items for multiple orders while moving through the warehouse. More efficient than piece picking, but still slow.
  • Zone picking. Multiple pickers, multiple orders at once. Orders will travel through multiple zones, and pickers in each zone will fill the order with products contained in their zone. A relatively efficient process, especially if your industrial shelves are set up correctly.

There are variations of all of these methods, and you can tweak them to create a system that works for you and your team. If you need help maximizing the efficiency of your pick line and the organization of your Chicago industrial shelves, give the DAK Equipment team a call.


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February 12, 2016

Our Chicago Industrial Storage Racks Could be Right for Your Retail Space

Our Chicago company supplies many local warehouses with the industrial storage racks that they need to maintain the capacity required for their daily operations. Warehouses aren’t the only ones who can use our industrial shelves, though; these racks could be just what you need for your retail store, both in the front of house and back of house environments. Discover how you might put our shelves to work in your store:

Back of House Storage
Whether you have a storeroom that is the size of a large closet or a small town, we have the industrial storage racks you need. Our racks come in all shapes and sizes and we can help you configure your space so you are maximizing your storage opportunities.

Front of House Displays
Customers want to see racks overflowing with merchandise! Our industrial storage racks can give your space modern, industrial feel while providing storage solutions so you can get more merchandise out on the sales floor. You’ll be able to easily adjust shelves, too, so you can get more versatility out of your shelving units.

Interested in learning more about our Chicago industrial shelves? Just give us a call. We can show you the different options we have for shelving that might work for you, then give you a quote on the items that you want. You might be surprised at how affordable our shelving can be and how it can help you get more storage out of your retail space. Call us or contact us through the form on our website today!

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