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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 22, 2016

Are There Chicago Warehouses Operating Without Pallet Racks?

It may come as a surprise, but not every Chicago warehouse is using pallet racks. If you are a warehouse owner or manager that uses pallet racks on a daily basis to run your business, you might be surprised by this fact. Pallet racks probably feel like an integral part of your daily operations, and the truth is, they are important! So why would some warehouses be operating without them? There are a few reasons–some good and some bad.

  • The warehouse handles only a small amount of merchandise, so industrial shelves are enough storage. Not all businesses are bringing in pallets of items at a time. If you own or operate a warehouse that handles small quantities or specialty items, pallet racks may be overkill for your storage needs.
  • They are scared of the investment. In the grand scheme of things, pallet racks are an affordable investment in a warehouse that helps it stay organized and run efficiently. If you are trying to “make do” because you don’t want to pay for the investment of pallet racks, chances are you are costing your business more money in the long run.
  • They’ve grown quickly. Some warehouses start out as a small business that doesn’t have enough inventory to worry about pallet racks. When those businesses suddenly grow, though, they are taking on a lot more inventory with nowhere to put it. Calling the DAK Equipment team when it comes to this point is vital to the continued success of your business!
  • They think pallet racks are only for palleted items. It’s true, pallet racks are designed to hold pallets. But that’s certainly not all they can do! Pallet racks are a great way to sort and organize cartons, too, and even smaller items can be divided into bins. DAK Equipment has all the equipment and supplies that you need to create the perfect storage solutions on your pallet racks.

Even if your warehouse simply doesn’t need pallet racks to organize your products, industrial shelves, carton shelves, and sorting bins can all be useful additional to your warehouse infrastructure to help keep you organized. DAK Equipment sells a huge selection of pallet racks, but we also have items that are perfect for smaller warehouse operations to set up in the most organized, efficient method possible. You can shop in our online store or work with one of our warehouse project managers to design a system that’s right for you.

If you are putting off purchasing pallet racks for your Chicago warehouse because you are nervous about the investment or you’ve just grown too big too fast to keep up, we can help. DAK Equipment offers affordable pallet rack options, and we often have used equipment from businesses in the area that would be perfect for you. Talk to one of our project managers today and they will work with you to find solutions that meet your needs and stay within your budget.

Whatever you need when it comes to your warehouse set up, DAK Equipment is here to help. Contact our team today to get started!

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