Frequently Asked Questions
I have a facility closing soon. Do I have to tear everything down for you to buy it?
We actually prefer to take it down for you, and most of our customers prefer it that way, too. We have our own warehouse installation crews and use specific banding procedures. Our teardown crews are usually included as a part of the offer we will make you for your used equipment.
However, if your equipment is already dismantled, we’re happy to pick it up and buy it from you. Talk to one of our used equipment specialists to see how easy it could be to sell your used pallet rack or other material handling equipment.
What is a gravity conveyor?
A gravity conveyor is a type of conveyor system that uses gravity to move materials from one point to another. It is typically used to move materials over a short distance and is often used in warehouses and other industrial settings. Gravity conveyors are powered by the force of gravity, and typically do not require any external power source. Because gravity conveyors utilize non-powered rollers or skate wheels, they are ideal for moving lightweight cartons, trays, or totes short distances in a facility. Sometimes referred to as “gravity roller conveyors,” these can be combined with powered versions to create energy-saving “flow systems” in distribution and fulfillment centers. Get Started >
What is a powered conveyor?
Powered conveyors are systems that function with a mechanical device that moves products and materials along a conveyor line. At a high level, there are two types of powered conveyors – roller & belt.
Powered conveyors support fulfillment operations by minimizing the work required to move loads from one location to another. Each section – straight, curved, or transfer units – can be independently controlled and managed. This conveyance style can be adjusted to support different load types, improve throughput, and reduce fulfillment costs.
What is a Vertical Lift Module (VLM)?
A vertical lift module (VLM) is a type of automated storage and retrieval system used in warehouses and distribution centers. VLMs use a series of trays or shelves that are stacked vertically and accessed by a robotic arm. The robotic arm can move up and down the stack of trays to retrieve items and place them in a designated area. This type of system is used to store and retrieve items quickly and efficiently, reducing the need for manual labor.
What is a Mini-Load AS/RS?
A Mini-Load AS/RS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System) is a type of automated warehouse system used to store and retrieve items quickly and efficiently. It can store and retrieve small items such as boxes, cartons, and totes. The system consists of a series of shelves, racks, and conveyors that are connected to a computer-controlled system. The system is designed to store and retrieve items quickly and accurately, reducing foot traffic and pick times.
What is your lead time?
Lead times vary from project to project based on a large number of factors.
For new equipment, we prefer n weeks, but it’s best to contact a specialist for a free, no-obligation quote to get a good idea of how quickly we can get your order.
For used equipment, we stock one of the nation’s largest inventories, so we typically can turn around an order pretty quickly. If we don’t have what you need in stock, our used equipment specialists can source what you need, but lead times will be subject to availability.
Can you help me optimize my cube space in my facility?
We’d love to help out, and with more than 100 years of collective experience on our team, we will help you get the most out of your warehouse or distribution center.
See how we integrate supply and service or contact us to get started.
Do you do your own installation?
Yes, we have an experienced crew of over 40 installers and crew leaders.
What size aisle will I need for my fork truck?
It’s best to contact us to discuss your specific project to get a true answer for your needs. In general, we follow these rules of thumb:
- Sit Down Counterbalanced Lift
- Stand-Up Reach Lift
- Stand-Up Double Reach Lift
- Turret Truck with 180° Swing Mast
- Narrow Aisle Order Picker
- Wave Order Picker
Minimum Clear Aisle
- 6′-6″ to 4′-6″ depending on lift height
- 6′-6″ to 4′-0″ depending on lift height
What is voice directed picking?
Voice directed picking is a type of warehouse picking system that uses voice commands to guide workers through the picking process. It is a hands-free, automated system that eliminates the need for paper-based picking instructions. Voice directed picking systems use voice recognition technology to provide workers with real-time instructions on where to go, what to pick, and how to package the items. This system helps to increase accuracy and efficiency in the warehouse, while also reducing the amount of time it takes to complete orders. Get Started >
What is a pick-to-light system?
A pick-to-light system is a type of warehouse automation that uses lights to indicate which items need to be picked from a warehouse shelf. The lights are typically mounted on the shelves and indicate which items need to be picked. The system is designed to increase the efficiency of the picking process by eliminating the need for manual scanning and reducing the amount of time it takes to pick items. Get Started >
What is RF Scanning?
RF scanning in warehousing is the use of radio frequency (RF) technology to track and manage inventory in a warehouse. This technology is used to scan barcodes on products and track their movement throughout the warehouse. RF scanning can help to improve accuracy and efficiency in the warehouse, as well as reduce costs associated with manual data entry. Get Started >
Do you offer leasing options?
What is less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping
What is full truckload (FTL) shipping?
Full truckload shipping (FTL) is a type of shipping method in which a single truck is used to transport a full load of goods from one location to another. This type of shipping is typically used for large shipments that require a full truckload of goods to be transported. FTL shipping is often the most cost-effective way to move large shipments, as it eliminates the need to split the shipment into multiple smaller shipments. Learn More >
Why use flatbed trucks?
Typically, flatbed trucks can haul heavier payloads because they are not limited by fitting within an enclosed trailer while someone may opt for a van when needing to protect their cargo from the elements. Learn More >
What is shipment consolidation in logistics?
Shipping consolidation in logistics is the process of combining multiple shipments into one shipment to reduce the cost of shipping. This is done by combining multiple orders from different customers into one shipment, or by combining multiple orders from the same customer into one shipment. This can help to reduce the cost of shipping, as well as reduce the amount of paperwork and time spent on shipping. Learn More >
What is drayage in shipping?
Drayage is the transportation of goods over short distances, typically from a port or rail yard to a warehouse or other storage facility. It is a type of intermodal freight transport, which involves the use of multiple modes of transportation, such as rail, truck, and ship. Drayage is often used to move containers from ports to warehouses, where they can be unloaded and stored until they are ready to be shipped to their final destination. Learn More >
What is a hot shot shipment?
A hot shot shipment is a type of expedited freight delivery that involves the use of a dedicated vehicle to transport goods quickly and directly from one location to another. Hot shot shipments are typically used for urgent deliveries, such as medical supplies, parts, and other time-sensitive items. Learn More >
What is a straight truck shipping?
Straight truck shipping is a type of logistics service that involves the transportation of goods using a straight truck, which is a type of truck with a single cab and a flatbed or box body. Straight truck shipping is often used for local deliveries, as the truck is able to maneuver in tight spaces and can be loaded and unloaded quickly. Learn More >