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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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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.

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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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Using plastic bins and shelving systems can add organization and extra room to your warehouse space. Being able to see all the items and catalog them based on your preferences also allows you to keep better track of your inventory. There are a number of wholesale storage bins that can be used to make an […]

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Selecting the Right Industrial Workbenches for your Needs

Industrial workbenches can keep up with all of the hard work and stress you can put them through, if you select the right one for the shop’s needs. For your warehouse or workshop, Action Wholesale Products provide the durability you need at a price that’s highly competitive. Adjustable height workbenches and our Rivet System workbenches are powerhouses capable of helping you to get the work done quickly and efficiently.

Adjustable Height, Industrial Workbenches

Adjustable height industrial workbenches are perhaps the most economical option for most warehouses, but they are outstanding in terms of overall versatility. Choose from wood, plastic laminate, and steel tops. For a higher quality, more refined product, consider the hardwood-top workbenches in this line.

Depending on the model selected, our adjustable height workbenches offer the rugged design you need with a smooth-sanded and clean edge. They are moisture resistant and can handle hammering, cutting, and even heat with ease. The high-pressure laminate is an excellent option for avoiding stains and has a non-conductive plastic top to reduce risks.

Rivet System Industrial Workbenches

A secondary line of products that perhaps offers the most versatility and durability is our Rivet System workbenches. These do not need bolts to assemble them – and that’s good news to anyone working in a busy warehouse needing a go-to solution right away. Still, you have plenty of options here. Choose a workbench with or without lower shelves or risers. Adding these in can help provide storage that’s right at eye level. These are highly durable systems that can work well in even the most demanding of environments.

Key benefits of the Rivet System include its high-quality design that’s ideally suited for the changing dynamics of any industrial space and its ability to be configured the way you want and need it to be. You’ll find the durable laminate surface helps minimize risks to safety while offering a nice, glossy finish for a professional, clean look. Buyers can also consider the non-laminated particle board surfaces to reduce costs a bit more.

Depending on the dynamics in your warehouse or shop space, either of these types of industrial workbenches can fit right in. Adjust the height to match your team or add shelving to our Rivet Systems to make the most of even the smallest back corner space. Each model is easy to assemble and comes at the most competitive pricing around. Let us help you to make the best decision for your specs.

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For Office Storage that Is Easy to Assemble, Boltless Shelving is the Answer

Whether you have an abundance of office supplies that need to be stored, or you have paper records piling up, it’s important to have quality storage in place to keep everything organized. Boltless shelving is perfect for the office because it is easy to assemble and does not require any tools. It’s heavy duty, and most shelves can hold up to 800 pounds. The holding capacity and ease of assembly make boltless shelving essential for any storage space.

Shelving to Fit in Any Space

One of the best things about boltless shelving is how easy it is to customize to fit in any space. Whether you are setting up an office gym and you need storage for equipment, or you want to change a closet into a storage area for heavy boxes of paper, you can choose a shelving system that fits the parameters of the area you want to utilize. Whether your shelving is customized, or you choose from the standard sizes, this will make any room into a solid storage space that can hold heavy supplies.

If You Need to Archive Paper Records

Heavy, thick paper records can be a nightmare to store. If you need to archive a number of records and you haven’t invested in a system, the archive boltless system is perfect for getting paper relics out of your office and into proper storage until you can finally destroy them for good. As some records need to be kept for many years, it’s important to have a system where you can access these records if necessary.

While you may be able to find a number of storage solutions, few work as well as the sturdy, dependable boltless shelving. It’s versatile, and despite not needing any tools, bolts, or screws, the shelving is incredibly strong and does not fall apart. This shelving will stand up to years of use, and it’s a great fit for anywhere you need to organize heavy objects. Whether you are trying to get your files in order, or you have a commercial kitchen that needs storage, you can find the perfect storage solution for all of your needs when you invest in a boltless shelving system.

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Organize Business Records For Optimal Archival Retrieval

Archive Shelving UnitsThroughout the business world, data is collected that is needed to run and track daily operations. Reports of current sales, forecast reports, employees’ work hours and inventory lists of available stock in warehouses are just some of the records that a business might need to sort. You may also collect data reports for document creation and store customer information. For many businesses, keeping these documents as virtual files in computer networks, as well as, physical records that are stored in warehouses and storage facilities is standard practice.

Unfortunately, the number of files and documents your business creates can be enormous. Without a proper archival storage system set up, workers end up stacking boxes on top of each other as the boxes pile up in corners. This situation makes it more difficult to retrieve the required physical files when needed, leads to misfiled records, and may accidentally cause the wrong files to be destroyed. Studies have shown that anywhere from 3 percent to 5 percent of records become lost or misplaced at any given time, and that workers can waste an average of 2 hours looking for the misplaced records or spend up to $180 recreating a one-page document.

No manager wants to put out an SOS memo to the rest of the staff over a missing employee who became lost in the piles of documents in the storage room as they tried to find that one important file. Finding storage solutions that can reduce the amount of misplaced and missing files (or workers searching for such files) can become paramount to your operations.

Smarter Archive Organization Starts with Better Storage Options

One of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce wasted productivity and document re-creation costs is to analyze current archival shelving organization. Archive shelving allows for your business to keep records off the ground, especially helpful in buildings where records are stored in basements that can get flooded. This shelving provides better organization solutions, as boxes of documents can be grouped and shelved in specific locations based on importance and how often the information is used. You can better utilize available storage space for different size locations, such as rooms that are narrow with high ceilings or storage spaces that are wide but with low ceilings. We offer two types of record management shelving options: Rivet System® Archive Shelving and Bulk Archive Shelving.

Rivet System® Archive Shelving

These shelving systems are ideal for organizations that store smaller batches of records or will store these files for shorter lengths of time. Rivet System® Shelving Systems don’t require nuts, screws or bolts to assemble so office workers can easily set up and tear down these units. Archive shelving systems can hold 100 standard archive boxes and come in several storage depths to allow for double box stacking.

Bulk Archive Shelving

Bulk Archive Shelving can be used in organizations where they are managing and storing large amounts of physical documents and files. This shelving option can hold 140 archive boxes that are standard size and allows for add-on units to be attached when your storage needs increase. You can double stack boxes on bulk archive shelving for more storage capacity and still be able to easily retrieve files.

At Action Wholesale Products, we offer Rivet System® Archive Shelving and Bulk Archive Shelving at the lowest prices guaranteed. Before making a purchase, evaluate your current record management system. By understanding your record storage needs, how workers will retrieve files and the amount of time you will be storing these records, you can decide on the right types of archival shelving organization for your warehouse or storage facility. One of our representatives would be happy to assist you in selecting the right shelves as well.