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July 05, 2017

How the Right Warehouse Equipment Helps Your Bottom Line

When you are planning your warehouse layout, you’ll be conscious of your equipment budget. That’s natural. Watching every penny of your budget is necessary to create a thriving, profitable business. However, watching those pennies could lead you to make a choice to buy the wrong warehouse equipment, and that could hurt your bottom line in the long run. Some companies fail to see that the equipment they are investing in can actually be an investment in their bottom line, too. Many businesses focus their energies on lowering product costs in order to increase their profits. While that’s a great area to work on, those same businesses could benefit by focusing more of their energy bettering their internal systems. Systems such as how your warehouse operates and what equipment it uses to get the job done can play a big role in the kinds of profits that you see at the end of the day.

While the right selective pallet rack system and other warehouse equipment might not be all that you need in order to see profits, it’s a good place to start.

Why the Right Warehouse Equipment Makes a Difference

Lower your labor expenses.

If you are like most warehouses in the United States, one of the biggest costs that you face is your labor expense. If you can find a way to reduce those labor costs, you’ll instantly see a boost to your bottom line. Implementing the right warehouse equipment will do the trick. For instance, switching to selective pallet racking allows you to take advantage of a system that is designed to give your workers a more efficient method for processing orders and moving products through your warehouse.

When workers can move efficiently through your warehouse space and fulfill orders faster, with fewer touches, and with less wasted time, you’ll see the difference it makes on your profits. You’ll have happier customers, fewer unfulfilled orders at the end of the day, and be able to boost your company’s reputation for excellence. And that’s all thanks to having the right warehouse equipment.

Lower your equipment costs.

Warehouse equipment isn’t just about efficiency, either. It’s important to invest in high-quality equipment that is made to be durable and created from the highest quality materials to achieve the best final results. This ensures that your warehouse equipment won’t break down unexpectedly, putting a stop to your workflow or costing you extra money for replacement pieces and repair work. The best warehouse equipment is built to last as well as built to help your warehouse work faster.

Remember, though, that the most expensive warehouse equipment isn’t necessarily the best. You’ll want to look for quality brands that have established a reputation for excellence. You can also get a lot of great deals on second-hand warehouse equipment; just make sure it’s been thoroughly inspected and is backed by a reputable dealer.

Lower your operating costs.

Many businesses assume that as their business grows and expands, their warehouse will have to, as well. That means they will have to face the expense of moving their operation and paying for a bigger warehouse space. While eventually, it may come to that, most businesses don’t have to take on those additional expenses nearly as soon as they assume. Instead of looking for a bigger warehouse, you need to create a smarter warehouse. The right warehouse equipment can help.

Investing in the right warehouse equipment can help you maximize the potential of your warehouse’s space. Items like conveyor systems, mezzanine levels, portable offices, and other equipment can help you make the most out of every square inch of space that you have. That way you can continue to operate in your current warehouse, lowering your operating expenses and only having to move or expand when it’s absolutely necessary. By then, you should have the cash on hand to make the move a much simpler financial decision.

Looking for the Best Warehouse Equipment?

DAK Equipment & Engineering knows all about finding the right equipment for a warehouse. We’ve been doing it for years. You can check out how we’ve helped other warehouses like yours maximize their space over in our case studies. These are real life examples about how businesses have put warehouse equipment to work in their warehouse and helped to boost their bottom line.

Do you have questions about any of the case studies you’ve read on our site? Are you looking for help with your warehouse planning and layout? We’re ready to help. Get in touch with our team by giving us a call or contacting us through our website. One of our project managers will be in touch with you right away to discuss the specifics of your warehouse and tell you more about the services that we offer that can help you create a great warehouse that’s using every inch of its available space. We’re looking forward to working with you soon!

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June 30, 2017

Five Things Your Warehouse Needs Besides Pallet Rack Shelving

When it comes to warehouse equipment, there are a lot of options out there. From different brands to style to various warehousing solutions, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The most popular piece of warehouse equipment, by far, is pallet rack shelving. You’ll be hard pressed to find a warehouse that doesn’t have some pallet racking somewhere. It’s incredibly useful not only for pallets but with a few additions it can be just as useful for storing cartons and other items. But pallet rack shelving isn’t the only thing you need in order to create a functional, smoothly-running warehouse environment. Here are five more recommendations from our warehouse consultants about the equipment you might want to consider adding to your space.

Additional Warehouse Equipment to Optimize Your Space

  • Upright protection. Adding protection to your pallet shelves can increase their lifespan, protecting them from damage from forklifts and other heavy equipment. It also adds an additional layer of protection for your employees and costs very little to implement in your warehouse. You’ll love how it reduced your costs for repair and replacement, paying for itself several times over.
  • A prefabricated office. Quickly add a break room or additional office space to your warehouse with a prefabricated office. No one wants their desk in the middle of the warehouse and they don’t want to eat their lunch in the warehouse, either. Give workers a space of their own with this fast, easy and inexpensive option. It’s a great boost to morale, not to mention a much less expensive way to add functionality to your warehouse.
  • Industrial lockers. No one shows up to work empty handed. Give your employees a safe place to store their personal items on the job. DAK Equipment sells a variety of industrial lockers suitable for any facility, whether you need basic lockers for the break room or something state-of-the-art for secure storage. Many options can even be customized!
  • Industrial conveyor systems. Conveyors are one of the most efficient ways to move items in your warehouse from point A to point B. You don’t have to waste human labor on something that an automated conveyor can do for you. Once the conveyor is in place, it can be cost savings to your company, not to mention help move items through the picking and packing process much faster. Conveyors can be customized to your warehouse space, so no matter what your set up is like, there is a way to automate your product movement.
  • Mezzanine level. One of the biggest concerns for many warehouses is running out of space for storage. A mezzanine level can effectively double your square footage without the need for an expensive expansion of your current space. You’ll be utilizing the overhead space of your warehouse, where you can add pallet racking shelving, a picking area, a modular office, or whatever else your warehouse needs to operate at peak efficiency.

Take Your Warehouse from Good to Great

What else do you think a good warehouse needs in order to become a great warehouse? It’s a different answer for every warehouse. Whatever it is, though, DAK Equipment & Engineering has it. We’d love to talk to you about your warehousing needs, whether you are looking for warehouse equipment to help you fulfill orders faster or for optimization solutions that help you get as much use out of every inch of your space. You can get in touch with our team by giving us a call or contacting us through our website. One of our warehouse equipment specialists or project managers will get back with you right away to help you find the warehouse equipment that takes your space from good to great.

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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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