Warehouse Consultants

July 25, 2017

Double the Carton Flow Rack Capacity with a Mezzanine

If your warehouse is dealing with a large number of cartons on a daily basis, you need to be using carton flow racks. These racks use rollers to move cartons to the front of the shelf, giving your team constant easy access to items and helping them process orders much faster. It’s the perfect solution for your pick area since you can create multiple rows of your most popular items, all at your pickers fingertips. The more you use carton flow racks, the more you’ll love them and want to incorporate more of them into your operation.

The footprint of your warehouse can also be stretched so far, though. Eventually, you run out of room for your carton flow rack selection and pallet shelves while still having enough room for your forklifts, ladders, and lifts to maneuver. You’ll end up stacking products and merchandise in every available nook and cranny, which isn’t just inefficient–it can become a safety hazard to your workers. So what do you do when your warehouse runs out of space?

Create More Space for Carton Flow Racks On a Mezzanine

Many Chicago warehouses assume that when they run out of space, it’s time to move. Moving your warehouse can be extremely expensive, and it may not be conducive to your workflow. It’s an added expense that might not be right for your warehouse right now or there may not be a suitable location nearby. It can also put a stop to your business and end up making some of your customers very unhappy. If you are eager to avoid losing time and money but still need to add space to your business, you need to start looking up, not looking out.

Adding a warehouse mezzanine can add valuable floor space in your current location. These structures utilize unused overhead space in your warehouse, adding an extra floor for storage or even a pick and pack module. While they are great for conveyor belts, pallet racking, or other warehouse equipment, they can be especially great when coupled with carton flow racks. That’s because they can create a new, improved picking area for your warehouse that can be easily serviced from the bottom floor and give your pick team everything they need to speedily process all of your orders. Once you move your carton flow racks to the upper level of your mezzanine, you’ll also be creating space underneath the new level where you can put more materials handling equipment such as pallet racking or even a prefab office or break room.

Let DAK Equipment Help You Gain More Space Without Moving

You don’t have to move your operation to get the space that you need! It’s often a matter of optimizing the space you already have. The DAK Equipment & Engineering team is excellent at this and can provide you with layouts and AutoCAD plans that can help you arrange your warehouse in the most efficient way possible. We’ll show you how a mezzanine or new carton flow racks can help you make better use of the space that you already have in your warehouse. You’ll be amazed at what we can do and how we can help you make your existing materials handling equipment work to your benefits.


If you’d like to learn more about adding a warehouse mezzanine to your current facility, get in touch with the project management team at DAK Equipment. We can design and build a warehouse mezzanine that adheres to local building codes, and you’ll end up with more floor space without moving your facility or disrupting your workflow. Call us or contact us through our website and we’ll get to work on your new warehouse mezzanine right away!

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June 25, 2017

Our Warehouse Consultants Can Design Your Perfect Warehouse Layout

Whether you are setting up your warehouse for the first time, reconfiguring it for a change in inventory, or know that you have room for improvement in your current design, optimizing the layout of your warehouse can have a huge positive impact on your business. Optimization can lead to greater productivity, less wasted time, less damaged merchandise, and more error-free orders going out the door to happy customers.

Working with our warehouse designers on your layout will help your business save time and money. You won’t have to waste time moving your warehouse equipment around, finding the right setup and delaying orders. Every pallet rack will be in the perfect place thanks to our details, customized plans. The efficient use of space will end up saving you money, not to mention the increase in orders when customers get their purchases quickly, on time, and without errors. That brings more business to your warehouse and more money to your bottom line.

How We Help With Warehouse Layout and Design

A major part of your warehouse optimization will involve knowing the best place to put items like pallet rack, carton flow shelving, conveyor belts, and other materials handling equipment. The warehouse consultants at DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you identify the optimal layout so you can work at peak efficiency in your warehouse. How you set up your warehouse is the first that you’ll take to ensure that everything that happens afterward goes smoothly, and you stay on time and on a budget.

When you come to DAK Equipment & Engineering for help with your warehouse layout, you’ll be partnered with a warehouse consultant who understands your industry. They’ll take the time to get to know more about your business, the unique features of your space, and any challenges that your warehouse is currently facing. Then they will work with you to develop custom Auto CAD drawings of the warehouse setup that maximizes the potential of your space, using both your current equipment and making suggestions about new equipment that could help you improve your work flow. You can view multiple options so you can your team can determine which one will work the best for your needs and your budget.

No two warehouses are the same. They don’t have the same equipment, store the same materials, or face the same challenges. That’s why a one-size-fits-all solution isn’t going to work for your warehouse. That’s why we work with warehouses across the Midwest and throughout the United States on developing custom plans based on the needs of their particular warehouse. We can use the equipment you already have or supplement with materials and equipment from DAK’s supply to ensure you have what your warehouse needs.

We Find the Right Layout for Your Equipment & Needs


If you think there is room for improvement in your warehouse layout, it’s time to get in touch with our team of warehouse designers. Let’s look at your current warehouse layout and discover ways we can help it improve. When we create a layout that you love, we can even help you get it set up with our selection of warehouse equipment and installation services. Our team can take care of everything from start to finish, freeing you up to concentrate on other important aspects of running your warehouse. We make this an easy and stress-free process, and you’ll love working with our knowledgeable team.

Give us a call or contact us through our website today to learn more about our warehouse optimization services and how we can help you design a warehouse that works as hard as you do. We’re looking forward to optimizing your warehouse!

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June 20, 2017

Easy Ways You Can Boost Employee Productivity This Week

Employee productivity is one of the biggest concerns of a warehouse manager. The harder your employees work, the better your warehouse functions and the more profit you’ll see each quarter. Motivating employees to work harder and faster isn’t an easy thing, though, and it requires you to strike the right balance. Push them too hard, and you’ll see a sharp decline in productivity along with turnover issues. Don’t push them hard enough, and you’ll actually see the same issues. If you are looking for ways to increase the productivity of your team, we have some easy ways you can increase their output this week. If you haven’t already implemented these strategies, the time to do them is now!

Use These Tips to Boost Warehouse Productivity

Set goals for each employee.

Goals are useful for a number of reasons. It can help you estimate how much labor you are going to need each week as well as help you plan for budgets. For an employee, a productivity goal can motivate an employee to push themselves a little further to achieve the goal you’ve set for them. The key is to set the goal just far enough to be a challenge but not so far as to be discouraging. Look at what they did that same week the previous year and add a few percentage onto that. That’s a good place to start and will feel within reach to your team.

Set up training sessions.

The better trained the employee, the greater their productivity. If it’s been a while since you’ve held a training meeting, schedule a couple right now. Focus on training that helps employees develop their skills, perform tasks faster, and give you feedback on things you could do to help them eliminate unnecessary or repetitive tasks on the warehouse floor. Training doesn’t have to come just from management, either. If you have an employee that excels in productivity, encourage them to lead a training meeting to share their secrets with others.

Reduce their downtime.

Downtime is the killer of the warehouse. Everyone deserves breaks and lunches, so that’s not what we’re talking about here. It’s the downtime associated with waiting for the next task. That might be time for the computer to load, pick slips to print, tape to be delivered, or their teammate to pick up the next load of boxes. Whatever it is that’s causing idle time, see if you can’t eliminate it. Even shaving a few seconds off of a task can add up to a lot of saved time over the course of a year. Shave off a couple seconds here or there and you’ll see a ton of time savings. Look for tasks that leave employees idle (often through no fault of their own) or ask them what takes the longest to do during the day. See what you can do to increase the productivity involved in those tasks and watch your output go up.

Need More Help with Productivity in Your Warehouse?

Our team is here to help! Our warehouse consultants work with warehouses all over the United States on their productivity issues. If it’s your warehouse layout and design that’s holding you back or your inventory needs to be more efficiently arranges, we can help you uncover the reasons behind low productivity, develop a plan, and implement it. You’ll love what we can do to help kick your warehouse into high gear.

Give us a call or contact us through our website to speak to one of our warehouse consultants. No matter what you are struggling with inside your warehouse, we’ll help you find the solution. Let’s get to work!

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