February 26, 2016

How to Lower Costs in Your Warehouse

If you are a warehouse manager, one of the to-do items that’s always on your list is to lower costs in your warehouse. Lowering the costs in your warehouse has a direct benefit on your bottom line, so it’s imperative to the overall health of your business that your warehouse and distribution teams continue to find new and innovative ways to save money. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help. While you know us as your source for pallet racks, carton flow racks and other material handling supplies, that’s not all we can do.

The DAK team can help you identify areas that can be improved for efficiency to lower your costs. Here’s some of what we can look for in order to help:

  • Workflow. Are you using your space as efficiently as possible? We’ll look at your workflow and see if there are ways we can help you lower the time it takes to get a product out the door.
  • Automation. Are you using human labor where machine labor would be more beneficial? Our team can find those areas of improvement and install the automation that you need.
  • Save space. Thinking about moving your warehouse to a larger space? You might not need to spend that money. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you find unused space and maximize it to increase your storage capacity.

We’ve been working with warehouse managers for decades, helping them save space and lower costs. From ordering your pallet racking to installing conveyor systems to increasing efficiency, we’re here to help your warehouse succeed. Give our Chicago team a call today and start working with a warehouse expert today.

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February 11, 2016

How Looking Up Could Help You Make More Room for Pallet Racks in Your Chicago Warehouse

Utilizing space efficiently is one of the keys to a profitable warehouse. Space is money for a Chicago warehouse, and especially during this busy time of year you’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of room for all of your inventory. So what do you do when you desperately need to add more pallet racks to your Chicago warehouse, but you’ve simply run out of floor space? You may find the answer you need by looking up.

There are several ways that warehouses can take advantage of overhead space to increase their inventory storage abilities:

  • Higher pallet racks. You may not be stacking your pallets as high as you could be. It may require changing the type of pallet rack or the configuration in your warehouse, but you may have more space up above than you realize.
  • Overhead conveyor systems. Instead of using a conveyor system on the ground, you may be able to install an overhead lifting system to move materials throughout your warehouse. This can free up space on the floor and still help you efficiently move materials.
  • Install a mezzanine. A mezzanine is a great way to add more floor space to your warehouse without an expensive addition. You can use the mezzanine level to stack more pallet racks or as a workspace for your team.

DAK Equipment can help you find the space you need for more pallet racks in your Chicago warehouse. Simply give us a call and connect with one of our project managers. Using our years of warehouse design and intimate knowledge of the products and material handling equipment available on the market, we’ll find the solution that you need in order to maximize your space. Call us today and let’s work together on your space solutions!

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January 27, 2016

How Modular Offices and Mobile Computing is improving Chicago Warehouses

We’ve installed a lot of Chicago modular offices in warehouses. These semi-permanent structures are helping warehouse managers get closer to the action. It’s the best of both worlds! Instead of having a desk in the middle of a busy warehouse floor, they get some privacy, and instead of being tucked away on a second floor or in another building, they can be right there in the middle of the action. It’s a great place to do paperwork, have meetings with your team, and concentrate on making plans to improve your warehouse.

Many warehouses are now pairing modular offices with mobile computing to give their warehouse managers even more freedom. Thanks to the advances in mobile computer, warehouse managers don’t need to be tied to their desks to keep an eye on inventory, cost, or other computer-based information. Many warehouse systems are allowing managers to get the information they need right on their tablets or smartphones, so they can have information at their fingertips while connecting with their team out on the floor.

Of course, no manager can be out on the floor all day every day, and for those times they need to concentrate on the daily operations of their warehouse, DAK Equipment will make sure they have the modular office they need. Give our project managers a call today to learn more about our modular offices and how you can have one built that perfectly fit your warehouse. Contact the DAK Equipment team through our website or give us a call today!

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