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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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Maintaining a Safe Warehouse with Proper Industrial Shelving

With manufacturing growing at the fastest pace in 2.5 years, it is important to remember the critical nature of warehouse safety. Warehouses are working environments that absorb increased inventory and there is a potential for unfortunate injuries to occur when proper safety protocols aren’t followed. The most important safety rule for a warehouse falls on management and their proper scheduling so employees have time to rest between shifts and aren’t rushed beyond following safety measures, but there are also procedures “on the floor” which help prevent injuries during daily warehouse operations.

Common Warehouse Injuries

According to OSHA statistics, some of the most commonly reported warehouse injuries involve improper lifting, repetitive motions which cause accumulated stress to the back or knees, forklift accidents, or the collapse of items which were improperly stacked and stored. These types of accidents often have a common explanation of employee fatigue and speed expectations which in turn leads to a lack of attention concerning maintaining safety measures.

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Layout of Shelving for Forklift and Foot Traffic

Ideally, from a business perspective, the warehouse is likely to expand its operations over time, especially if the pace of manufacturing growth continues on its current trajectory. As this occurs, it is important to redesign or replace shelving units as needed to maintain aisles which allow for forklifts to operate safely while hands-on floor assistance has room to also move through the area. When shelves are overstocked and especially when merchandise is stacked on the floor, forklift drivers can’t always see pedestrians who in turn don’t know what maneuvers the driver may be about to conduct which creates an accident just waiting to happen.

Safe Storage Techniques

The proper use of adequate shelving units effectively increases the space a warehouse can effectively and safely use. Proper sized shelving for the task at hand eliminates dead space between units and allows merchandise to be stacked higher allowing for better use of the warehouse’s ceiling height. It’s important to remember that the higher a product is stacked it becomes even more important to store it properly to prevent a fall, but when proper equipment and training are provided, and the safety routine is followed, stacking higher is safer and more efficient than simply leaving boxes on the floor because they have nowhere to go.

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The Right Heavy-Duty Shelving for Your Needs

Disorganized Warehouses Waste Time, Space, and Manpower

Warehouses that are chock full of products and warehouses that have limited amounts of empty space gain immensely from an efficient warehouse layout. An efficient layout pays dividends by allowing easy access to storage and inventory. No two warehouses are the same and each has unique shelving needs.

Heavy-duty shelving allows for the best use of available space by offering vertical storage and convenient access. This gives employees the ability to give a quick response and incomparable customer service. Heavy duty is more than a description of how much a shelf will hold. It is a descriptive term acknowledging the durability and years of service available from heavy-duty shelving.

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Creating Warehouse Efficiency

Warehouses can suffer from lackluster operations even when, and sometimes especially when, business is booming. These diminished operations can be caused by too much stock or inventory that languishes in a warehouse. Slowed operations can also be traced to a poorly executed warehouse design that leaves items stored on loading docks, in warehouse aisles, and in other inappropriate places. This practice has a negative impact on warehouse operations and safety.

Using the right shelving and storage units throughout a warehouse is the only way to get the storage facility organized. For example, for smaller parts or stock, using shelves with color coded storage bins will allow employees to quickly visually identify the area they should look in for the desired product.

Types of Heavy-Duty Shelving

Action Wholesale Products has a large selection of heavy duty shelving stocked (and organized) in our Southern California warehouse.

We offer many types of heavy-duty shelving that includes:
Boltless shelving – Flexible storage solution and easy installation with just a rubber mallet.
• Pallet Rack – Store pallets of products on these shelves made with 14 gauge steel.
• Bulk Rack Shelving – Made specifically to store heavy and bulky items.

Action Wholesale Products of Anaheim California has the shelving systems proficiency that helps your company find the right answers to your warehouse heavy duty shelving needs. Call us now at 800-966-3999 or use our online contact form. We serve Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Ventura County, San Bernardino County & Riverside County as the #1 local Industrial Warehouse Shelving and Industrial Equipment Supplier.

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Find the Right Storage Solutions for Your New Warehouse

When your company grows and begins to build out new warehouses, it’s an exciting time as you see the concept become a reality. To some extent you’re going to expand on what you know worked in the smaller warehouse while upgrading daily operations to accommodate the new storage space, shelving solutions, and logistics of larger inventories while customizing the structure to suit your needs.

Shelving Solutions

Bulk Rack or Pallet Rack ShelvingSelecting the appropriate shelving to safely and efficiently store your inventory is of paramount importance. This is a great opportunity to assess what did and did not work well in your former warehouse. Working with a shelving expert who has assisted other organizations with warehouse relocation can mean the difference between success and disaster. You can also take a look at our suggestions for moving into new shelving units without interrupting business operations. With over 37 years of experience in the industrial shelving business, our representatives can help you make informed decisions on purchasing the correct storage solutions and maximize productivity within your space.

Material Movement

The efficiency of your warehouse relies on your ability to move items around as needed. Hand trucks are a basic essential that allows employees to move more than an armload of items at once. Even if you use forklifts for larger projects, a pallet jack is going to come in handy for quick placement of items according to need. Carts of all different shapes and sizes offer specific uses according to your needs, and every warehouse needs to have a few different carts to maintain their daily function.

Work Benches and Stools

Work benches have a simple explanation and practical use, even if you don’t realize the need for one. You have employees who spend 8-12 hours every day in that warehouse, they need a safe place to conduct work. It may be as simple as changing the blades in a razor knife. They may need to tighten a loosened cart part, or repair a broken tool. A work bench and stools can also serve as a desk when papers need to be signed with a shipping agent. There is no way to predict every usage it will see, but a functioning warehouse needs a workbench and stools as part of daily operations.

Our experienced team members can assist you in selecting the solutions that will work best for your new warehouse. Please use our online chat feature or give us a call to speak with a support representative and find the best warehouse solution for you at the best price, guaranteed.

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Boost Storage Space & Control Inventory in the Warehouse

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