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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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Signs You’re Ready for 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.

Work Spaces 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.

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How and Why to Incorporate Pallet Racking into Your Small Sized Warehouse

Every warehouse faces challenges making the best use of the available space, and this is especially true when working in a smaller sized warehouse. The space may feel adequate for most of the year, but at times, perhaps when sales and orders are at a higher level than ordinary, the usable space isn’t well optimized.

In those types of situations, it’s easy for a warehouse to become overcrowded and messy because there’s no room for everything to have its own designated area. There are several ways to address the problem, but designing and utilizing an efficient pallet racking system is perhaps one of the easiest ways to increase the usable area of a warehouse without incurring the additional costs of having to rent or buy more square footage.

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Maximizing Available Space

Pallet racking allows for materials to be stored all the way up to the ceiling with access by a forklift. Simply adding one higher stack effectively doubles the storage area a warehouse can maintain, and three or four tiers of stackable pallet shelving can likewise triple or quadruple the efficiency of a warehouse. When only storing one level of pallets, all the extra room between the top of the pallet’s contents and the ceiling is being wasted when more product could potentially be stored there.

Maintaining Order with an Organized Storage System

Maintaining order in a smaller warehouse not only allows the area to function more efficiently by allowing workers to find needed product quickly but is also a safety measure. When pathways are blocked it makes it difficult for a forklift driver to see people on foot. Clutter also makes preparing shipments harder when staff has to search for boxes stored behind other boxes. Make employee workflow easier by maintaining both ordered pathways and an organized storage system.

Smaller warehouses simply cannot afford to waste space. Pallet racks allow for floor to ceiling storage, improving efficiency and organization, and delaying buy or rent more space.

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3 Tips for Your Yearly Warehouse Safety Checkup

Performing regular warehouse safety checkups is a must. The end of the year is a perfect time to get a fresh start on better organization and workflow. Standard advice and templates from organizations like OSHA are a good place to start, but they don’t take into account the quirks and anomalies of your particular warehouse. Instead, try starting from a top-down approach by considering the following before getting started.

Reduce Your Inventory

The safety of a warehouse can sometimes have little to do with employees, equipment, or shelving. The more physical inventory and stuff in your warehouse, the more likely it is that your system will spin out of control regardless of any other choices you may make. During the checkup, look for ways to get rid of any extra inventory. This tip should also be applied to practically everything in your warehouse, from extra supplies to clutter and waste. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re going to need an item in 2018, it’s usually best to either recycle or dispose of it.

3 Tips for Your Warehouse Safety Checklist

Near-Misses Are Your Enemy

When it comes to worker safety, the amount of ‘almost’ accidents is a very big deal. When there are no incidents or injuries from day to day, owners and managers can easily become complacent about the safety of their warehouse. They don’t realize that it’s the near-misses that provide the fastest route to teasing out the real problems. Encourage managers to become more aware of potential pitfalls, and employees to speak up about their duties. If workers feel as though they’re in danger whenever they perform a certain task, it’s these areas that should get immediate attention on the checklist.

Optimize Your Picking Paths

A safe warehouse is highly dependent on the logic of the picking paths. This is a good time to conduct your own research before January 1 to see where you’re losing time to inefficiency. It’s also a way to see which hazards a worker exposes themselves when picking. Talk to the workers about how they feel about the routes, and what they would like to see done to accommodate their needs. The more they understand the thought process, the more likely it is that they’ll follow protocol.

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5 Tricks to Organize Your Warehouse for the New Year

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Sometimes disorganization sneaks up on even the most prepared of people. At first, the chaos may seem manageable until all of a sudden, you’re spending more time searching for things than you are handling them. January 1 is ultimately just another day, but it seems like a good deadline to make for getting your warehouse […]

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Keeping Your Warehouse in Order During the Year End Rush

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Throughout the year, you keep your warehouse running smoothly and efficiently. Your employees understand their role in the process and work hard to make the business profitable while taking care of stored items, between the point of manufacture and the time at which they are shipped to the end customer. As the holiday season approaches, […]