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Improving Material Handling Efficiency: Best Methods, Bulk Containers and More

Improving Material Handling Efficiency Best Methods, Bulk Containers and MoreAs the eCommerce industry continues to change the way businesses move and ship products around the world, material handling has changed dramatically over the last few years. Businesses and manufacturers need to move their products within a facility or between the facility and a transportation vehicle as quickly and as safely as possible if they want to succeed in today’s economy. Improving material handling efficiency can also improve workplace safety, lower overhead expenses and improve customer service and loyalty. Continue reading

Green Shipping Best Practices: Used Packaging, Fuel Alternatives and More

green shipping practices packaging fuel alternatives and moreAs concerns over global warming and other environmental problems grow louder than ever, many in the shipping industry have started looking for greener alternatives. Shipping accounts for 9 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, nearly 500 million metric tons annually indirect emissions. Companies are looking to lower their greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible to reduce their effect on the environment.  Continue reading

Cutting Container Costs: Bulk Bags, Used Pallets and Other Bins for Warehouses on a Budget

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The warehousing industry has never been more competitive than it is today. More companies are getting into the e-commerce business and warehousing costs keep going up and up. If you’re looking to lower your warehousing costs, one of the first places to start is your containers. While they may not seem expensive, buying new containers can cut into your operating budget. Learn how to reduce your container costs by changing the way you store and transport your goods.  Continue reading

6 Reasons Why You Should Use Plastic Pallets for Air Freight

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Air freight has been on the rise for several years now as companies look for faster shipping options. As the e-commerce industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, some companies are looking to move their products across long distances—including overseas—in a matter of hours, instead of waiting for large ocean freighters to reach distant continents, which can take several weeks or more. But air freight comes with strict weight limitations and high fees, considering all the fuel required to move these packages through the air.  Continue reading

3 Ways Organizer Bins Help Improve Picking Productivity

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Product picking is an integral part of the order fulfillment process. The faster you and your team can retrieve certain items from the shelf, the faster you can prepare these items for shipment and deliver them to your customers. Considering 36.8 percent of online sellers carry between 1,000 and 10,000 SKUs, you may need to rethink your picking strategy if you want to stay competitive and get your items out the door as soon as possible. Continue reading

3 Things to Keep in Mind Before Utilizing Used Drums for Storage

Used Drums

Drum containers are a cost-effective storage solution for all kinds of items, including industrial materials, consumer goods, liquids and even food. With 55-gallon drums, you can store large quantities of products in the same container, helping you make the most of your storage space and shipping services. These containers come in all different sizes and are made with different kinds of materials, so you’ll need to do your research before you start storing your goods in a drum. Not all drums will work with certain kinds of goods and materials.  Continue reading

5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing Collapsible Containers

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Bulk collapsible containers are perfect for long- and short-term storage. They tend to be more affordable than other types of storage containers, while still providing the same structural integrity. With collapsible containers, you can also easily fold up your boxes and totes, so they take up less space when they’re not in use. As beneficial as these containers can be, you should spend some time asking yourself a few key questions before buying a new set of containers, such as what the container will be used for and what kind of material is best for your business. Some containers may suit your needs and those of your business better than others. Keep these considerations in mind as you shop for collapsible containersContinue reading

7 Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Stack Racks as Good as New

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Stack racks are an essential item for any storage or warehouse facility. While you may not give your racks much thought on a day-to-day basis, maintaining your racks is an important part of warehouse management. If neglected, your racks could easily decay, break down or simply fall apart over time. This could lead to damaged merchandise or materials, employee injuries or even a fatal accident. Not to mention you’ll need to buy new stacks, which can hurt your company’s bottom line. Use these maintenance tips to make sure your stack racks stay as good as new. Continue reading

7 Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When Using Plastic and Metal Pallets

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Almost every storage and warehouse facility use pallets, whether they are plastic or metal. These handy items make it easy to move heavy items with a forklift but working with pallets can also lead to injury if you or your team isn’t taking proper precautions. While pallets may seem harmless, they can be more dangerous than you might expect when used improperly. OSHA lays out clear guidelines for lifting weighted pallets, but empty pallets can be a hazard as well. Use these safety tips to make sure your employees handle all your pallets with care. Continue reading