The U.S. steel industry is going strong. According to the International Trade Commission, total U.S. steel production in 2018 increased to 86.6 million metric tons from 81.6 million metric tons in 2017–an 11.4 percent increase. However, studies show trade tariffs and other geopolitical factors have put the steel industry on edge. Demand tends to fluctuate on a dime as customers take their business to different manufacturers all over the globe. It’s all about getting the highest-quality steel at the most affordable price. Continue reading
Hazardous materials are a staple of the global supply chain. The U.S. alone receives more than $2,334,425 worth of hazardous materials every year. Companies that ship, handle and store these products need to maintain proper safety protocols at all times. A small error could easily spiral out of control. Leaks, spills and cross-contamination are just some of the concerns these companies may face. Staff members may be exposed to harmful substances. These materials can also severely damage the natural environment, leading to costly fines from the federal government. Continue reading
In case you haven’t heard, the reusable packaging industry is on the rise. It’s projected to grow from USD 37.9 billion in 2018 to USD 51.2 billion by 2023. That’s quite a jump in just five years.
So, why are so many businesses and consumers investing in reusable packaging? Reusable containers and packages can reduce shipping and labor costs, improve efficiency and help save the environment. Consumers are starting to prefer reusable or recyclable containers as well. Investing in reusable containers helps you make the right impression on your target audience. Continue reading
Wire carts can be a major asset in your warehouse. While they may not always get the attention they deserve in the warehousing industry, you can use them to improve the ergonomics of your facility. They can also help you improve the order fulfillment and item retrieval process, helping you and your team get products out the door as fast as possible. Continue reading
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as part of the U.S. Department of Labor, has set clear guidelines for stacking materials in a warehouse. Businesses of all sizes regularly stack products and containers on top of each other to make more room in a storage facility. Employees may manually stack some of these items or they may use a forklift or crane to move larger items. These regulations are meant to protect workers and anyone else who might be in the storage facility. If items are stacked improperly, they could fall and injure a worker. Learn more about OSHA’s regulations for stacking bulk storage containers. Continue reading
Metal bins are perfect for storing so many different kinds of products and materials. They’re durable, reusable and cost-efficient, helping your company save money over the long term. But if your business uses these storage containers regularly, you need to preserve them or they could deteriorate over time. If you want to keep using the same containers over and over again, it’s best to inspect them regularly so that you can repair any issues before they wear away at the integrity of your containers. If you use metal bins, keep them as good as new with these maintenance tips: Continue reading