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Getting Organized While Staying at Home?
What You Need to Know Before Ordering Storage Shelving

One positive consequence of the COVID-19 shelter in place order is the opportunity it affords you to finally tackle those DIY projects you just didn’t have time for before. But thanks to the countless hours being spent at home, now is the time to reorganize your home and create an ordered space you will enjoy now and for years to come.

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What Does Your DIY List Include?

If you are like most homeowners, your garage is one of the areas of your home that needs the most attention. It’s probably also one of the most intimidating areas to try to organize. There is just so much stuff! Thankfully, shelving is often a great solution to this common problem. Action Wholesale Products makes organizing and other DIY jobs a bit easier, which let’s face it, we could all use a little more of during this challenging time.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the scope of a project, when looking at it in its entirety. Break your garage or other cluttered space into smaller sections and tackle them one at a time. This will prevent you from getting discouraged. As you organize one section, you will begin to see progress and that’s encouraging, making you want to keep going. Once you have an idea in mind about what shelving is needed and its purpose, it’s time to give Action Wholesale Products a call.

What You Need to Know Before Making The Call

While we at Action Wholesale Products are glad to hear from you at any time, to make the process of purchasing needed organizational items like shelving easier, you should measure your space and gather the following information before calling so we can be the most help:

1.) What Will You Be Storing?

Determining what type of shelf will work best in your space is largely dependent on what you plan on storing. You need to answer two main questions:

  • Will you need plastic bins or boxes to store your items?
  • How much weight do you plan on adding to each shelf?

Your answers to the above questions will greatly determine the type of product recommended by Action Wholesale Products.

2.) What is the Size of the Area That You Need Shelving For?

  • How deep do the shelves need to be? Consider the items that stick out the most and figure out the depth you need. Of course, you might not need the same depth in all shelving, you can alter the depth and items stored on said shelves to best situate your items.
  • What is the height and width? Let Action Wholesale Products know the size of the space you need to fill with shelving.

3.) How Will You Secure Your Shelving?

The answer to this question is vitally important because the types of wall fasteners and shelving units you need will depend on this. Do you have children? If so, you will want to ensure your shelving can’t tip over. After your shelves are installed, Action Wholesale Products recommends you properly secure them to prevent any accidents.

Now’s the time to tackle that DIY list you have been putting off. Armed with all the information above, give us a call at Action Wholesale Products so we can get you the best shelving for your needs. 

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DIY Home Projects with Affordable Shelving Solutions

While we are sure that things are not business as usual for you, we do have a few ideas for projects that you can do while social distancing or home isolating that we may be able to help you with.

Finally getting all of those papers into clearly labeled boxes and stacked neatly on shelves may do wonders for your psyche as you enjoy a feeling of accomplishment that will benefit your office at least until next tax season. Check out our selection of Boltless Archive Shelving for systems that could work well for this project.

Whether it’s your home garage or shared warehouse space, getting organized and making space to work can be inspiring. Check out our selection of Storage Bins to get things put away, then browse our boltless workbenches to see which might be a good fit for your project space.

Restaurants, breweries, and wineries are just a few of the types of businesses that have been hit hard. Is it a good item to replace that rusty shelving while things are slow? If so, check out our NSF selection.

Whether you take on one of the projects above or have your own in mind, we are here to help if needed.

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Get Your Warehouse Holiday Ready

Along with the increased revenue your business will enjoy due to the holiday shopping season, comes the difficulty surrounding organizing and sorting the increased inventory you need to store and access during this busy time of year. Thankfully, you can get your warehouse holiday ready by following the tips listed below:

Invest in Good Shelving

Before you make any moves in terms of organizing your back room or storage warehouse, you need to invest in a good shelving system. The professionals at Action Wholesale Products recommend the use of pallet rack shelving systems or bolt-less shelving to organize your stock. Bolt-less shelving is ideal for heavy duty loads, lighter products or inventory not on pallets. In addition, their pallet racking options, which of course implies storage of inventory on pallets, are also a great way to organize your holiday inventory.

Analyze Order Projections

According to experts, holiday-driven businesses can see an increase in their orders up to 50% within the fourth quarter. Therefore, it’s a good idea, if your business does see a big uptick during the holidays, to analyze last year’s sales to get an idea of how much additional inventory you will need. This will allow you to estimate how much increased shelving and/or organizational systems you will need to hold and/or organize said inventory.

Make Sure Equipment is in Good Repair

Another important step to take in order to get your warehouse holiday ready is to make sure all your warehouse equipment is in good working order. Check any and all power conveyors, lift equipment, scanners, vehicles, etc. that you might utilize to access inventory and get it from your warehouse to your customers’ hands. Also, make sure new seasonal employees are trained properly when it comes to handling any and all equipment.

Create a Good Categorizing System For Your Warehouse Inventory

Having inventory to sale isn’t worth much if you or your seasonal employees can’t access it for a customer who wants to buy it, so you need to make sure you have a good inventory organizational system in place before the holiday rush. Each business must determine how to do this in an individualized way. Many today use computer systems to keep track of all inventory numbers and product locations. Some instead opt for the old-fashioned labels on shelves and pallets revealing what products are stored in each location. Either way, you need to have a good, easy-to-understand system in place, before the holidays arrive and brand-new seasonal employees come in attempting to pull stock for clients.

Shelving is one of the easiest ways to turn your warehouse from chaos into a well-oiled machine. Invest in them in addition to completing the other tips listed above to ensure your warehouse is holiday ready.

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3 Signs Your Warehouse Has Outgrown Your Current Pallet Rack System

The increase in sales orders has placed a strain on warehouse operations. Workers are scrambling to get forklifts and pallet jacks down tight aisles to remove merchandise from shelves. Trying to fill store front shelves and delivery trucks with products feels frustrating as warehouse productivity slows down to a crawl.

One reason for the issue may involve your pallet racks. It’s quite possible you may have outgrown your pallet rack system. Your sales growth significantly impacts operations, causing your warehouse to outgrow its current shelving management system. Here are three signs to look for to determine if your current pallet rack processes are not keeping pace with warehouse growth.

Your Warehouse Has Obstructed Aisles

When going down the aisle, you may find a pallet sitting right on the floor as you need to get to the other side to reach certain products. When merchandise pallets have to be placed in the aisles because there is no more room up on the shelves, it is time to consider whether your current rack system is meeting your changing needs.


Solution: Look at available warehouse space to determine if a new arrangement can allow you to place in more pallet racks while still providing enough room for materials handling equipment to move down aisles. Measure the rack space, aisle space, and the size of merchandise pallets to create a layout that works with your specific warehouse dimensions.

Sagging Load Beams

When you first opened your business, you purchased racks that had load beam capacity levels of 3,000 lbs. Yet now your pallets are bigger and far heavier. Also, you are stacking multiple pallets on top of one another on the same shelf beams. In time, the weight of products on beams has caused it to sag, threatening to send pallets to the ground.

Solution: Upgrading pallet rack systems with stronger load beams that have high tensile strength 14-gauge steel will allow you to hold heavier pallets. You can outfit your warehouse with pallet racks that can hold from 5,000 to 7,000 lbs. load capacities to eliminate load beam sagging.

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Not Enough Aisle Space

It’s easy to think that the warehouse storage issue can be solved by adding just one extra pallet into the floor layout. However, one extra pallet rack becomes two extra and then five extra as you begin to eliminate and narrow aisles. In time, your forklifts and pallet jacks don’t have enough space to retrieve items.

Solution: If warehouse floor space is limited, consider going vertical with your pallet rack needs if you have high warehouse ceilings. Pallet racks can come in 8-foot, 10-foot, 12-foot, 15-foot and 16-foot heights.

When it comes time to upgrade your pallet rack systems to better work with your warehouse, seek help from Action Wholesale Products. We have warehouse shelving, racks, storage bins and other inventory management products to increase your warehouse productivity.

Photo by Florencia Viadana on Unsplash

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Streamline Your Cannabis Warehouse Operations with Industrial Shelving

Part 1: The Cannabis Warehouse

With laws changing across the country and around the world, cannabis dispensaries and grow houses are popping up to provide medical and recreational marijuana to citizens. As your business grows in this rapidly thriving industry, you will want to create the optimal environment to run your day-to-day operations, including functional shelving and storage.

Unlike a traditional product warehouse that stores electronics, appliances or toys; a cannabis growing warehouse requires shelving solutions much like a greenhouse storing flowers or food plants. The marijuana plants require adequate light, water and care. Here at Action Wholesale Products, we provide a range of shelving and storage solutions to commercial businesses in the cannabis industry. Here are several shelving solutions for your operations.

Wire Shelving for a Durable Growing Environment

Cannabis plants require a more open environment to receive sunlight and space for leaves to grow. Boxed in shelving  hampers growth. Wire shelving can provide your plants with the optimal shelving solution. Sunlight and air can pass through the wire while the shelves are strong enough to handle the weight of the pots and hydration systems. The wire shelves can be stationary, or they can be made as carts with casters to easily move plants to different locations based on plant sizes and needs.

Functional Rolling Ladders and Carts to Provide Plant Care

Taking plants down from taller shelves to provide care isn’t usually a feasible system as it can take too much time moving each pot one at a time. Functional rolling ladders allow you to provide care to each plant without moving it to another work location. Made with high quality 1″ steel tube, our ladder is both lightweight and durable as it can handle hours of use.
In addition to rolling ladders, rolling carts allow you to move supplies, potted plants, and harvested plants to different areas of the building. These carts can increase productivity so that you can increase profits.

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Space-Saving Boltless Shelving for Flexible Storage

For cannabis warehouses that will have sprinkler systems and ultraviolet lights mounted to shelves, you want shelving that can be customized to your plants’ needs. Boltless shelving can have added shelves for smaller plantings, or you can remove shelves when plants grow bigger to provide more storage space. Different types of shelf material are available, such as laminated particleboard, which is water-resistant.

Storage Cabinets to Promote a Safe Environment

You’ll be storing a lot of other items such as plant food, fertilizers, gloves, spades and other tools. A storage cabinet can keep the dispensary and grow house organized, compliant with regulations, and safe so workers do not trip over items left out on the floor. All the tools can be easily located in one spot for ease of use.

When it comes to having the best storage and shelving options for your cannabis business, you want simple storage solutions and easy-to-assemble shelves so you can get operations running smoothly. Action Wholesale Products has what you need as we offer industrial shelving items at guaranteed low prices. Call us or use our live chat feature to get started!

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Industrial Shelving Products: Not Just for the Warehouse

Warehouses use a wide range of industrial shelving products, work benches, mesh containers and all-welded storage cabinets to keep inventory organized for fast picking and packing processes. Yet smaller commercial organizations, and even homeowners, can benefit from using commercial shelving options. Home garages, breweries, drop shippers, subscription box companies and the cannabis industry can take advantage of the benefits of commercial bulk shelving and other items.

Shelving for Movability and Different Item Sizes

Sometimes space can be limited for commercial businesses that don’t have a dedicated warehouse to store inventory. Also, due to the tight space, your operations can be hampered when offering different product lines at certain times of the year, such as a brewery who makes seasonal craft beer and needs to move around inventory.

Movable shelving options such as boltless shelving can be equipped with rollers as you can move the shelves to where they need to be. In addition, the shelves use a boltless technology to allow for quick adjustments. You can make the shelves higher for larger items or shorter for small items to allow for more shelves to be added.

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Table Space for Work and Garage Products

Whether you are preparing subscription boxes for customers, or working on a craft project for the home, having a place to work is essential. Our industrial workbenches provide the necessary table space at the desired height. You can adjust the top of the workbench to accommodate your needs when you want to sit or stand at the bench.

We offer different types of table surfaces, such as hardwood, laminate, plastic or steel depending on the application that will be performed. Having a workbench constructed with durable, heavy duty steel legs and even a double shelf will allow you to use the workbench for long productive periods. Plus, we carry heavy duty seating to ensure you’re working ergonomically. Our office stools feature adjustable back rests and casters.

Getting Shipments Moving with Cabinet Capabilities

Drop shippers don’t have to be left out of the organization possibilities offered by industrial shelving. Although you are not keeping any physical inventory on premises, you are keeping manufacturer and customer orders on hand to get items shipped to the right places. This process can involve using both a digital and physical file storage system to keep brochures, customer orders, and manufacturer product guides available.

To keep this paper order documents, brochures and technical specifications safe, you can use all-welded storage cabinets with locking handles. Store all your sensitive information away on the heavy duty storage shelves while easily accessing the documents when needed.

Commercial Bulk Shelving for Your Business and Residential Needs

Bulk shelving is designed to handle the rigorous operations found in industrial warehouses. Yet a smaller commercial business or residential homeowner can take advantage of these same shelving solutions to have superior shelving, workbenches and cabinets available for your tasks.

Action Wholesale Products has a complete selection of heavy-duty materials for your office, home and warehouse needs! Call us or use our live chat today for help choosing the right products for your workspace.

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Boltless Shelving: When and Why Your Business Should Use It

At the risk of hurting our bottom line, we have to say that boltless shelving won’t be the answer to every storage challenge. Unlike pallet racking, it’s made, for the most part, to handle smaller items and bulky or oddly shaped products. And it’s in this role that it really shines.

There are at least five reasons you should choose boltless (or rivet) shelving over other options:

  • Low cost
  • Ease of assembly
  • Durability
  • Customization capabilities
  • Efficiency in locating products

Using boltless shelving keeps costs down

Using rivet shelving saves money, time and space, all of which fall into the category of costs. For example:

  • Storing pallet racking takes up a lot more space than storing boltless shelving, so you keep more area clear for storing products.
  • Other shelving simply costs more up front, so you begin saving before you’ve stored anything.
  • Because it’s easy to put together, rivet shelving saves time which, as everyone knows, is money.

Shelving assembly is simplicity itself

Good design is paramount, when it comes to shelving, and rivet shelving is designed to go up fast and easy. Here’s how:

  • It requires just one tool: something to knock the rivets into place.
  • You can adjust the shelves in 1.5-inch increments, so you have the flexibility to set up the most efficient storage configuration

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The unit pictured above offers flexible storage for less than $300!

Boltless storage units are made to last

It might be meant to handle lighter loads, but that doesn’t mean rivet shelving can’t carry a burden. Consider these facts:

  • The shelving is constructed of steel for sturdiness.
  • With the addition of supports, the load can be increased significantly. With little effort, you can achieve a unit capacity of up to 2,000 lbs.

Flexible boltless units meet many storage needs

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to change your storage units to fit changing needs at the drop of a hat? It’s possible with boltless units. They’re more open to customization before and after you install them. Here’s why:

  • You can have the shelving units made to order. If you know what you need to fit your requirements, you can have your shelving system custom designed. Need a certain number of levels? Fine. Want units of a specific height? No problem.
  • And don’t forget: the shelves are adjustable. You can move them to accommodate products of virtually any size.
  • Boltless shelving is so flexible and adaptable that it works well in homes, small businesses and multi-acre warehouses.

High visibility makes finding products easy

Why waste time searching for a particular widget hidden among a hundred other widgets when you can find it right away because you can see it right away? Boltless shelving:

  • Lets you store everything in plain sight. There are no hiding places in pallets or bins.
  • Makes order picking more efficient, faster and more cost-effective.

Choosing the right storage option for the job

If there’s a lesson to be learned here—aside from the one about how rivet shelving can save you time and money—it’s that you should consider your storage options carefully. Otherwise, you can wind up with an option that doesn’t give you what you need and costs more than you should have spent.

For more information about boltless shelving systems and other shelving options, visit actionwp.com or call 800. 966.3999. To order the pictured unit, ask for items QUS270B and 3-84W7224WH. We offer free shipping on orders of $400 or more. Certain exclusions apply.

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Tips for Maintaining a Warehouse on Budget

A warehouse is a required expense for any factory, distribution center or any other industry which relies on the moving, shipping or storage of physical product as part of their daily operations. Likewise, when dealing with the various facets of industrial manufacturing, a warehouse is essential to the day-to-day operations. When the need for warehouse space is non-negotiable, careful planning can ensure costs don’t skyrocket.

Warehouse Budget Concerns

One of the most important aspects of controlling warehouse costs is an essential understanding of what the space will be used for. Packing, shipping and receiving and assembly should have designated areas; as should storage. Enlisting the help of a talented and experienced person with knowledge of how multi-use spaces work can ensure you’ll have the most efficient layout. It’s wiser to use the new space at maximum capacity rather than risk the need for purchasing additional storage.

Tips for Reducing Warehouse Costs

Although warehouse space is a required expense for some industries, there are several ways to keep the the costs of maintaining such a space within budget:

  1. Consider whether it will be less expensive to buy a warehouse outright rather than leasing or renting one
  2. Monitor labor costs
  3. Monitor energy costs
  4. Safety! Accidents are costly
  5. Protect your inventory with storage cabinets, bins and appropriate shelving
  6. Protect your food related inventory with proper pest control
  7. Invest in the right infrastructure – an office desk isn’t the right surface for packing and shipping, a sturdy industrial workbench will last for years

If you feel you’ve outgrown your current space, again, enlist the aid of a warehouse designer. Perhaps there are ways to convert what you have, with mezzanines, workbenches and color-coded bins, thus avoiding increasing rent and the hassle of moving to a new location.

The warehouse can be an afterthought for management personnel who work in the office and don’t see first-hand the company operations. These staffers know how to sell and market the product, but may not understand the ground operations which occur in the warehouse. Make sure your warehouse has a direct liaison to communicate what they need to work more efficiently. This will help protect the company’s bottom line, which is a win-win for all!

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4 Signs You’re Ready for More Warehouse Space

signs need more warehouse space

Are your pick and pack aisles getting hard to navigate? Is the shipping department spilling over into the office? Sometimes, a warehouse just needs to be reorganized to provide extra storage, but other times you simply need more space. If the warehouse space is losing functionality or becoming unsafe, these are signs you need a larger warehouse.

Worker Zones are Less Defined

When there is no designated space for specific tasks, you probably need more warehouse space. It can become confusing when outgoing orders and incoming product stock are managed in the same area. Likewise, when packing is being conducted on the floor by the shipping dock, that’s a good sign you don’t have enough room to perform the separate functions of a warehouse efficiently and independently of each other.

Aisles are Cluttered

When aisles are cluttered because there is not enough space to store products other than by leaving it on the floor, the problem is more than an issue of not having enough storage space. Employee safety is a factor to take into consideration, and no job is a safe working environment when the floor is covered with clutter and workers can’t safely reach the areas they need access to in order to perform their job duties.

Employees Cannot Get to Items They Need

No one can do their job well when they spend more time rearranging their work area than they do performing their assigned tasks. Items have to be stored appropriately within a well-designed system which allows for them to be easily identified and retrieved when they are needed. Mezzanines help elevate some product while leaving extra room on the warehouse floor below.

Workspaces are Cluttered

Arguably more frustrating than clutter throughout the building is a cluttered work area. It doesn’t matter if it’s a desk or a workbench, when stuff is in the way you can’t do your job. A combined bench with built in shelves is one solution. Lining the shelves with bins keep items tidy but accessible.

When mezzanines and bins just aren’t enough, it’s time to consider upgrading your space.  When the warehouse is simply too small, you may need to evaluate how you use the space or consider buying or leasing a larger building.

If you are seeing these signs in your warehouse, talk to one of our professionally trained warehouse experts about available solutions. Use our live chat or call us at 800-966-3999.