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Top Distractions in the Warehouse: 10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Them

August 28, 2014 12:23 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist at Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve the safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.                     

Three Keys To Great Warehouse Management

August 27, 2014 3:53 pm | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity | Articles | Comments

Why the strong drive to automation? In part, it’s because the technology provides unprecedented...

4 Factors Driving The Emergence Of Digital Manufacturing

August 21, 2014 9:52 am | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Blogs | Comments

With the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to...

U.S. Wholesale Inventories Rise 0.3 Percent In June

August 8, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month...

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Managing Idle Time To Improve Productivity

July 10, 2014 3:19 pm | by Michael Harris | Blogs | Comments

Today’s warehouse managers constantly are challenged to “do more with less.” Most attempt to meet this challenge by finding ways to reduce labor costs. Few, however, have spent time to understand and manage a key component of labor cost: indirect, or idle, time.

Post Baskets & Mobile Basket Units

July 9, 2014 3:47 pm | by Quantum Storage | Product Releases | Comments

This industrial grade chrome wire offering has a 5/8” x 3/8” mesh design on the bottom flat surface.

Safety Manufacturer Radians Invests In Warehouse Automation

July 9, 2014 10:16 am | by Radians, Inc. | News | Comments

Radians' new order fulfillment system, or pick module, from Integrated Solutions will be fully operational by July. Once completed, the automated system will become the central hub of their warehouse operations, expediting the pick and ship process for optimum product flow.

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What Goes Into Good Warehouse Design?

June 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Jeff Maree, Product Specialist, Eaton Filtration Online | Articles | Comments

No matter what your industry, the design of your warehouse has far-reaching ramifications for efficiency and savings. The layout should make sense, and items should be accessible at short notice.         

First National Forklift Safety Day Highlights Operator Training

June 6, 2014 2:58 pm | by Industrial Truck Association | News | Comments

Properly trained operators mean fewer industrial accidents and a safer work environment. That’s the message the Industrial Truck Association will reinforce at the inaugural National Forklift Safety Day, June 10.       

Summer Is Here: Preventing Heat Stress On The Job

June 5, 2014 10:22 am | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC | Articles | Comments

Many industries face challenges when it comes to providing a cool working environment, particularly in heat-susceptible areas such as industrial plants, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities. These extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line.

Scissor Deck 4000 Series Industrial Maintenance Platforms

June 5, 2014 9:48 am | by Scissor Deck | Product Releases | Comments

Product features include: removable deck end or side attach type 1, 250 lb capacity extension ladder, locking multi height adjustability (30” - 44” range), and an anti-slip deck surface with locking wheel choices.

iForks With RFID-Scanner

May 29, 2014 3:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

This new release from RAVAS demonstrates the advantages of integrated material flows and information flows, using iForks with built-in RFID-scanner.

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UltraBot IE Robotic ASRS Order Fulfillment System

May 27, 2014 12:57 pm | by Integrated Systems Design | Product Releases | Comments

The UltraBot IE inserter/extractor system is an automated material handling system that stores and retrieves totes from the front of two or three tiered horizontal carousels.

Camera Option For Vertical Lift Stations

May 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Westfalia Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The camera allows warehouse personnel to view pallets remotely, increasing safety and accuracy in product storage and retrieval, while adding efficiency to warehouse and distribution center operations.

America’s Top 4 Forklift Manufacturers And What Makes Them Special

May 8, 2014 4:31 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange | Articles | Comments

The forklifts made by various manufacturers have differing strengths, depending on the capabilities of each company’s production facilities and the strengths of each company’s designers.              

STAK System Increases Space

May 7, 2014 2:21 pm | by Vidmar | Product Releases | Comments

The addition of a STAK System improves workplace efficiency by providing ample storage space and the versatility to store a host of items, says the company.

Strategically Automating The Warehouse

April 25, 2014 1:09 pm | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation | Blogs | Comments

The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.

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Zero-Power Pallet Dispensing System

April 25, 2014 12:59 pm | by QTEK Design Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

As part of QTEK’s new Gravity Series, DStacker GS works without an electrical, pneumatic, or hydraulic energy source.

Customized Power Management For Lift Trucks

April 25, 2014 12:53 pm | by EnerSys | Product Releases | Comments

The Zero Battery Change Solution provides a convenient, highly cost-effective alternative to liquid propane, hydrogen fuel cells, and conventional, lead acid battery-charging systems, says the company.

Lean And Beyond: Increasing The Awareness Of MRO

April 16, 2014 5:00 pm | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The recognition that a world-class MRO operation is a necessary component of reliable equipment is essential. Subsequently, awareness is not enough; the ability to actually implement change is critical to produce a competitive and reliable product.

Wholesale Stockpiles Up 0.5% In February

April 10, 2014 10:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles for an eighth consecutive month in February as their sales rose at the fastest clip since November, good signs for future economic growth.          

Better On-The-Job Electrical Safety

April 10, 2014 9:46 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety awareness and precautionary practices in place.

How Booksellers Are Competing With Amazon

April 8, 2014 5:55 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

I attended a panel this past weekend where independent bookstore owners discussed the book-selling in today’s economy: what it looks like, the struggles they face, and the overall feel of the marketplace. Throughout the hour-long discussion, I couldn’t help but think how similar the situation was to what distributors are facing today.

Where Is Your Organization With Regard To Item Stratification?

April 7, 2014 3:18 pm | by Brad Vance, Senior Business Process Consultant, Epicor Software | Blogs | Comments

Most companies stratify their items in some shape or form, but few apply more than a single or dual data point methodology. Stratifying the items that your company stocks can help create focus on the products that are currently carried and are doing well, versus the ones that have fallen into the “black hole” of slowmoving and dead inventory.

Back To Life: An Innovative Approach To Moving Dead Inventory

April 7, 2014 10:55 am | by Ron Nuñez, President & COO, IBC | Blogs | Comments

Every industrial distributor deals with the looming problem of dead inventory at the end of every period. Yet, even though they know that the less inventory they have the better off their business is, the task of actually moving dead inventory is easier said than done.

Columbus McKinnon Releases RFID To Simplify Inspection Process

April 3, 2014 4:04 pm | by Columbus McKinnon | Product Releases | Comments

When integrated with a complete inventory and inspection management system, CM Smart ID can enable faster inventory tracking and serialization, more efficient safety inspections, and improved inventory and inspection data accuracy, says the company.

Hannibal Industries Now Offers Dual-Pallet Handling

April 1, 2014 2:55 pm | by Hannibal Industries | Product Releases | Comments

The new partnership with Twinlode introduces a double-wide design that allows loading or unloading two pallets during one given time while reducing handling costs and trimming warehouse expenses.

New Walkie Pallet Truck

March 28, 2014 3:43 pm | by Yale Material Handling Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new walkie is designed to increase efficiency and productivity through exceptional operator comfort and innovative performance-enhancing features, says the company.

WinWholesale Opens New Regional Distribution Center In Colorado

March 26, 2014 5:15 pm | by WinWholesale, Inc. | News | Comments

“We’re very excited about the new distribution center in Colorado. It gives us the opportunity to help our locations in the West grow their businesses by adding more product lines and in greater quantities than the former facility allowed,” said Paul Donarum, vice president, WinWholesale Sourcing Services.

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