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.


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.


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 […]


Keeping Your Warehouse in Order During the Year End Rush


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, […]


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.