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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, […]

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Should You Consider a Mezzanine for Your Warehouse?

Warehouses will generally consider a mezzanine when they’re expanding, but can’t afford or acquire additional floor space. However, they offer far more benefits than just more space. Mezzanines are specifically designed to maximize every last inch of space without compromising on the accessibility of the products. See why you might consider using a mezzanine for your warehouse, and which type will fit your space best.

Mezzanines Save Money

When warehouses start to run out of space, it generally prompts the question of where to go next. However, even the most well designed and organized warehouse may have more unutilized space than you think. Mezzanines are entirely customizable for a warehouse, so you get the exact system you want. Even the most unruly or bulky of products can fit perfectly into the shelving system.

Mezzanines Increase Safety

When it comes to warehouse injuries, almost doesn’t count. The more near-misses you have in the warehouse, the more likely it is you’re going to have a nasty collision. If you’ve noticed that workers are having a difficult time coming and going, then it’s likely you need a new system installed quickly.

mezzanine for a warehouse

The First Step

If you’ve been considering alternative storage options, the first thing is to define exactly what you want to change about your warehouse. Whether it’s redistribution of weight, more space in a certain area, or a new ordering system, there’s a mezzanine system that’s right for you.

  • A free-standing (sometimes called structural or steel) mezzanine is generally used when there’s a lot of traffic in a warehouse that needs to be better coordinated.
  • An integrated mezzanine is recommended for warehouses that store heavy products. Integrated mezzanines will undoubtedly get you the load-bearing capacity you need to ensure minimal damage from either your goods or your equipment.
  • A rack-supported system is another option if your warehouse is getting far too crowded, and workers are starting to feel as though they don’t have room to pick and pack. It provides a catwalk system so there’s more room for manual loading and unloading
  • Finally, a shelving-supported system makes it easier for warehouses that have similar products with slight variations. The more SKU numbers in the warehouse, the more a shelving-supported system can help make it easier to access it all.
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5 Tips for Setting Up Your Shelving Units

Whether you run an e-commerce store or just have a very active garage, your shelving units could likely stand a little reorganization. Planning out each square foot of space will take time, but ultimately it will save you time over the long run. Use these five tips to get more out your space.

1. High Vs. Low-Flow

Juggernauts like Ikea and Amazon put all their efforts into high-flow warehouses, and you should be applying the same concept to your space. High-flow items are the ones you use the most often, so they require the bulk of your time and resources. Keep these high-flow items in mind if you’re planning to buy any type of gadgetry. No matter how elaborate or simple your space, the low-flow items should get as little attention as possible.

2. Think Up

Vertical storage units give you more space to work with, and it’s one of the best ways to avoid having to buy extra space for your warehouse. It may throw a wrench into the way you currently access your items, but the adjustment will be worth it.

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3. Practice Flexibility

Warehouses change over time, and too many warehouses just develop workarounds for those changes rather than coming up with sustainable solutions. Instead of trying to cram a new product into a too small space, consider how you can plan your warehouse to be flexible enough to fully support what’s in demand.

4. Consider the Weight

If the weight isn’t distributed evenly across the shelves, you risk collapse or an unsustainable amount of sway. Anyone who works with the shelves should have a good understanding of how each shift in weight affects the rest of the inventory. It’s especially common for newcomers to a warehouse to make a mistake when it comes to loading. Ensure you account for all the weight the shelving will bear before ordering the units.

5. Upkeep Is Critical

Even the most advanced technology or shelf set-up can’t stop the accumulation of junk on your shelves. No matter how fool-proof your system is, it will still take a lot of work to keep it all together. Odd circumstances will arise where things have to out of place for a time. The key is to take care of misplaced items right away.

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Garage Shelving for a Father’s Day Man-Cave Makeover

Shelving isn’t usually thought of as a coveted gift, but this Father’s Day we’re sharing a few ways that shelving can take dad’s man-cave (or garage) to the next level. Here are three examples of how to use our shelving and products to give dad the storage solutions he didn’t even know he needed.

Equipment Storage for the Homebrewing Dad

Homebrewing has become popular in recent years and anyone who’s done it knows that it requires a lot of specialized equipment. When storing necessities like hoses, grains, cleaners and carboys plus bottling and labeling supplies; it is important to make sure everything is clean and organized.

Our wire shelving units are the perfect solution for several reasons. They are NSF approved, which means that they are restaurant quality. They also allow for good air circulation and have the option of rolling casters to make them easy to move around. We have several different wire shelving designs in both chrome and black to fit any man-cave motif.

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Sports Equipment Storage Solutions

For dads who are sports enthusiasts and love to be on the field all weekend; we have a number of solutions including sports equipment storage bins. Our color-coded storage bins can keep items like gloves, sports balls, nets, pads and helmets organized so they are ready whenever dad is. The bins come in several different sizes and work perfectly with our boltless shelving systems. We also have wire mesh containers for larger and bulkier items that need to be stored. Our wire shelving systems can also work great for sports equipment that needs to air out between uses.

Industrial Strength Workbenches for the DIY Dad

If Dad spends a lot of time on DIY projects in the garage, a new industrial workbench could really up his game. Our adjustable height workbenches ensure that dad can stand and work comfortably without stooping and causing back strain. Choose from wood, plastic laminate, or steel top workbenches to fit dad’s specific needs. Does dad like to tinker with electronics in his workshop? Plastic laminate is the way to go because it is burn, stain, and damage resistant. Need a more all-purpose but long-lasting solution? The premium hard-top workbench is the best bang for your buck.

Did we mention that we also have a low price guarantee? That’s right. We guarantee our products are the lowest price on the market, but if you find the same product for lower, we will beat it by 10%!

Give dad a gift he can enjoy every weekend with a man-cave make over. Order online or call us today to be sure to get delivery in time for Father’s Day on June 18th!

Order before June 2nd and save 10% off your entire order with code MEM10.