project management teams

Storage Solutions’ Project Management teams have decades of experience. Therefore, we have supervised the operations on hundreds of build-outs, dismantles, and relocations across North America. Utilizing our multi-tiered project management approach, these teams oversee every aspect of the project and ensure the project plan is executed from start to finish. This approach translates into creating efficiencies that generate better returns – and fewer surprises – along the way.

When you work with our Project Management teams, you’ll have a detailed project schedule that allows you to see every step of the process. Our teams come equipped to support your project with layout & design services, logistics, installation, on-site project management, and project coordination.

Your Storage Solution Project Manager will be the direct point of contact throughout the life of your project. This single point of contact allows you to have better communication, command, and control as the process unfolds.

Many projects face unforeseen challenges, such as construction delays caused by weather. However, our Project Managers have overseen a multitude of projects and we always try to anticipate the unexpected. Therefore, we know how to keep everything on budget and delivered on time, so you don’t have to worry about incurring additional costs or missing crucial deadlines.

Throughout your project, we are always working to ensure that you are provided with optimal results. Our Project Management teams are ready to take on your next project with you. Get Storage Solutions on your side to guide and navigate with knowledge, strategy, and expertise.

Give us a call at 317.449.1970 or contact us here for your next project, big or small.

Teardrop Pallet Rack

Recently, Storage Solutions posted a blog called All You Need To Know About Pallet Racks, which overviews different designs we have in stock at our warehouse in Westfield, IN. This blog will go more in-depth on the Teardrop Pallet Rack design.

The Teardrop Pallet Rack is constructed of cold-rolled steel, which is commonly referred to as “roll-formed steel.” The racking structure involves an upright with open holes on its face that are shaped like “teardrops.” The structure also has beams that have connectors with “rivets” that slide into place in the teardrop punch on the face of the uprights. This type of structure allows for the simple connection of beams and uprights.

Take a look at our visual glossary to see the Teardrop design as well as others we keep in stock.

Benefits of Teardrop Pallet Rack

The Teardrop design is the most common design in the industry. Because the style is ubiquitous, beams and uprights are often interchangeable and compatible with other manufacturer designs. Therefore, it allows peace of mind when buying additional racking for your growing facility. Also, when compared to the heavier design of structural racking, the teardrop rack is the most economical.

Storage Solutions stocks Teardrop Pallet Racks that utilize a spring-activated safety lock. This lock prevents the beam from dislodging from the upright during loading and unloading. We prioritize safety in our warehouse and we want to ensure the same in your facility.

Teardrop Pallet Racks can be used to fit your specific needs and can be equipped with custom accessories to fit any function. This racking design has a wide variety of colors, sizes, and capacities so you can find the right one for you.

In addition to selling new equipment, we also sell used pallet rack beams and uprights. Check out the advantages of buying used equipment here.

Want more information on Teardrop Pallet Racks? Give us a call at 317.449.8726 or contact us here. Our team is happy to help you!

Fetch Robotics Smart Slotting

One of the hidden costs of warehouse operations is inefficiency. Because there is no line-item on the operating statement associated with suboptimal performance, the costs associated with unnecessary wear-and-tear, unneeded turnover, and the growing gap between what you are doing and your competitors’ performance. Sometimes, these inefficient processes go untended for too long.

What is the value of your warehouse efficiency? What is it worth to improve your storage utilization by more than 70%? How much longer is your business going to wait for data to drive your processes?

Warehouse picking is about balancing what has to be done manually with areas where automation can be cost-justified.

At the end of the day, warehouse optimization is all about balancing workloads within picking zones. Every bottleneck or delay in picking causes the next action to be delayed. When you take into account the number of picks per day, week, and month, the total can begin to add up in the wrong way. Especially for operators who lack good balance throughout their picking areas.

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) provide a great flexible and scalable solution to automate picking. However, one big challenge of all AMR solutions is the need to balance workload throughout all pick zones. The easiest and most cost-effective way to address this balance is with a good slotting plan.

By combining Fetch Robotics’ On-Demand Automation services solutions and Storage Solutions’ Smart Slotting, warehouses can experience unmatched efficiency in their picking processes.

How Does It Work?

To begin, Storage Solutions will evaluate your current process and layout. Using our special slotting tool, Storage Solutions establishes a “heat map” of your most popular SKUs. From there, we evaluate costs associated with space, replenishment, and equipment to provide you with the most productive solution possible. It is all based on data — not guessing or assuming.

In short, we use the information to configure the SKUs you pick the most to be as efficient as possible. And, we spread them evenly throughout all pick zones to avoid bottlenecks and maximize productivity.

From there, once the proper inventory slotting plan has been established, we work with our Fetch Robotics team to ensure the optimal workflow is put into place.

Finding the right balance

Fetch Robotics is an industry leader in On-Demand Automation. As a Fetch Certified Solutions provider, we offer dynamic, flexible solutions to make the most out of every square foot. Autonomous mobile robots are designed to be deployed into any facility, as is – without adding physical infrastructure or installing IT systems, built to any scale with flexibility to change on the fly.

We work with your footprint to get the most products out of your door in the most cost-effective way. Also, we design with flexibility to adapt to ever-changing business needs and scalability for your company to grow.

Less wear and tear

With Smart Slotting, you can make the best use of some of your biggest capital investments: your material handling equipment. Many other slotting systems only take into account the total distance traveled in the picking process. Smart Slotting assigns dollars to your data, measuring labor, materials, equipment, storage mediums, and more. Then, we define and implement the lowest-cost operating plan for your facility.

Let’s say your environment changes, given new demand or a new set of orders. We can reoptimize the inventory slotting plan at any time. We would only need a new data set.

Lower labor costs per pick

By placing the most-selected items in the easiest-to-access areas of your warehouse, you physically move less. Imagine the savings in labor costs and efforts by doing the most repeated tasks more efficiently, every time. We also have the ability to factor in seasonal spikes to account for times in which you may be moving more products.

Want to learn more about how Smart Slotting works? Read our latest case study and success story here.

While You Wait

While you continue operating with inefficiencies, the world is changing. The “Amazon Effect” is real. The highest-performing warehouses are constantly re-evaluating and optimizing.
While you are addressing your warehouse’s labor shortages, your competitors are reducing their turnaround times and adjusting to a new demand model.

By combining Smart Slotting with a Fetch Robotics solution, you are setting your warehouse up for success both in the short-term and long-term. You are using data, technology, and automation to achieve maximum efficiency as soon as possible, all while factoring in future growth potential.

The decision does not have to be made today. However, the process can start at any time. Click here, hit the chat button below, or call us at 317-449-8740 and one of our experts can get begin to determine your workflow needs.

Hurricane Florence North Carolina

One thing we pride ourselves on is being able to plan and control every detail when it comes to our projects. However, one thing we sometimes can’t control is mother nature. In this Roxboro, North Carolina project we had to adjust things for that exact reason.

This customer was looking to expand their operation and add a second plant with a single-source solution provider. We were confident we could do exactly that, and had a plan laid out to execute their expansion. What we didn’t plan on was the arrival of Hurricane Florence in the area.

Project Details

The plan was to install the project in two phases, per the needs of the customer. Phase one, which included a main warehouse design, was scheduled to be installed in late 2018. We had planned to have a team onsite leading up to that installation, but with severe weather in the area plans obviously had to change. As a result, this required us to do the bulk of the project consulting off-site. In addition, shipping and other aspects were affected as well. We knew that constant and clear communication would be a huge part of keeping this project on track. Our project management team adjusted to the situation by scheduling extra touch points to keep the customer updated.

Despite multiple obstacles that could have set this project up for failure, our turnkey solutions team delivered. We were able to keep the project on track with our original deadline while keeping the customer happy as well. We are currently wrapping up phase two of the installation, which includes a high density selective racking solution for up to 3100 pallet locations. This is just one of many examples where our team does what it takes to make sure your project is successful.

Want to learn more about past projects we have completed? Check out other case studies from a variety of project types across several industries. Let Storage Solutions be your simple, smart and strategic partner for any of your upcoming project needs!

Project Spotlight Smart Slotting

You may have heard us mention our new Smart Slotting tool recently. In this project, the customer came to us looking for an answer to their low storage utilization percentage of 20% across the entire facility. With Smart Slotting, we were able to provide a practical answer to this problem, while also increasing productivity and efficiency.

By collecting some preliminary data, our experienced team uses Smart Slotting to provide a layout that best suits your needs. This new layout provides you lower operating cost, while also increasing the daily throughput of your facility.

In this example, the customer saw over a 12% decrease in their daily labor costs. They were able to find a location for all of their SKUs, and raise their storage utilization numbers over 70%. In addition, they were able to cut their storage mediums in half after the Smart Slotting evaluation. The new location types and sizes designed for stored items is much more efficient and simple.

This project had a significant impact on the customer’s operation by improving space utilization, reducing labor costs, and increasing throughput to lower operating costs. The new storage configuration also set the customer up with space for product growth for a minimum of five years.

Interested in learning more about the methodology and analysis behind this project? View the full case study here and contact us today to see how we can assist with your operational needs.

Pallet Rack Pushback Dense Solutions

Want to learn more about the pallet racks that we store in our 330,000 square foot warehouse in Westfield, IN? Keep reading to learn about our products and what our team can do for you!

There are four main components of pallet racks. Those components are uprights, beams, pallet supports or wire decking, and row spacers. These are always kept in stock at Storage Solutions. Moreover, they can be used with different pallet rack designs.

There are also four different types of pallet rack construction/connection types. The most common type is roll-formed pallet rack, which is typically manufactured in “teardrop” style and has a rivet connection where the beams connect to the upright. Another type is structural pallet rack, which is made of thicker steel c-channels and the beams are always bolted to the upright.

Rack Types and Designs

Here at Storage Solutions, we stock different pallet rack types and designs. These different pallet racks can serve many purposes throughout your warehouse.

Some of the rack types include selective pallet rack. This is the most common pallet rack used, it has low density but high selectivity(accessibility to each item). In addition, we also stock the double-deep pallet rack, which is constructed back-to-back to allow for higher storage density, utilizing fewer forklift aisles. Another design is push-back pallet rack, which uses gravity flow and inclined rails to make the placement and retrieval of pallets easy.

Drive-in/drive-thru pallet rack has a high density and low selectivity which allows for fewer forklift aisles. Forklifts can drive directly into the rack to drop off and pick up pallets. In addition, we also stock pallet flow rack. This design, which is driven by gravity, is equipped with wheels on sloped rails. This unique design allows the pallets to flow forward from the entry side of the rack to the opposite side of the rack for picking. The cantilever rack utilizes cantilevered arms to store long and narrow items.

In addition, if you want to see some images of our pallet rack types, you can view our visual glossary.

If you are interested in learning more about our pallet racks give us a call at 866.474.2001 or contact us here.

Rialto California Project

We’re always up for a challenge when it comes to new facility installation! This 100,000 square foot facility in Rialto needed new material to prepare for new product and increased shipping volume in its current layout. We took on the task of installing new racking and removing old material while the facility was fully operational.

This 3-month long project revolved around the replacement of the existing equipment while working around the “operational areas”. This took a lot of coordination between the SSI Project Manager and the team on-site. Everything needed to be completely planned out so the removal and installation could be completed by the scheduled time. We were able to sequence the installation to allow the customer the necessary operating space while giving ourselves ample room to finish the project without delay.

Need some work done on a new or existing facility? Our project management team is here to help you get the job done right.

Fetch Robotics Webinar CartConnect

We would love for you to join us next Tuesday, August 27th for our latest Fetch Robotics webinar on CartConnect. This dynamic solution can speed up your facility, therefore, increasing ROI in the long-run.

Many leaders in the manufacturing and supply chain industry agree that robotics and automation are the most effective ways to stay competitive in a dynamic marketplace. However, not all automation mediums are created equal. This technology can transform the way you go about your material handling solutions and can double productivity within your facility.

This new technology is called CartConnect. CartConnect is an autonomous material handling solution that picks up, transports, and drops off warehouse carts to any location, within any warehouse, factory, or distribution center. During the webinar, we will show how CartConnect can be used for multiple picking strategies and other applications such as put away, replenishment & retail stocking. In short, this Fetch AMR solution can give you a competitive edge in your operation.

Want to learn more? Join us on Tuesday, August 27th at 2:00 PM EST to learn how to launch your facility into the future. Sign up for the webinar today!

advantages of buying used equipment

There are many advantages of partnering with Storage Solutions to purchase used equipment. Our purchasing team has a system to make sure that all the equipment we re-sell is up to par with industry standards. If the equipment does not get a passing grade from our team, we send it to be scrapped. At Storage Solutions, we believe that if it is not up to our standards, we don’t expect it to be up to your standards either.

Our headquarters, located in Westfield, Indiana, is home to our 330,000 square foot facility. Our warehouse stores and protects all of our equipment which ensures the structural integrity as well as ensuring that the equipment never faces inclement weather. We also offer power washing and painting services to customize the equipment to fit your needs.

One of the main advantages of buying used equipment is that it is typically more cost effective, allowing you to get more for your money. In addition, our quick response on quotes and minimal lead time is great if you need a quick turnaround. We ship the equipment from our facility to yours, no delay!

Why partner with Storage Solutions?

Working with Storage Solutions also has its advantages. Our knowledge of the industry and our solution-centered attitude will provide you with peace of mind. We specialize in the sale of both used and new material, seeking to give customers a variety of options. Along with this, our team provides quick and thorough responses on all proposals, allowing you to operate on the shortest project schedule possible. Our AutoCAD team can assist you on any needed initial blueprints or layouts. Once completed, our project management teams will complete the project execution and oversee the in-house installation, all while providing you with one source and one result.

Storage Solutions receives new shipments of equipment daily, so inventory is constantly changing. For questions about our inventory or how we can help with your next project, call 866.474.2001 or contact us here.

Not sure what type of solution is right for you? Learn more about the different new and used storage solutions we offer, including simple, dense, picking, and specialty solutions.

Keep your warehouse safe

As National Safety Month comes to an end, we want to take some time to highlight warehouse safety. Although it’s a focus for us every June, keeping your facility protected is a year-round ordeal. Here are just a few ways you can keep your warehouse safe and secure.

Self-Safety Audit

The biggest assets in your facility are your people. Overall, keeping your facility safe for the employees in it is of paramount importance. In order to do that, you have to cover all your bases. With our warehouse safety checklist you can determine areas for improvement to ensure optimal safety for your team.

Another more overlooked aspect of employee safety is ergonomics. Whether in the office or warehouse, there are many ways to ensure that your employees are comfortable. By doing things like putting high volume pick items at mid-level and utilizing some automation, you can assist in decreasing long-term employee health problems.

Safety Products & Solutions

Safety also pertains to keeping your equipment in working shape, which is why it is important to invest in the right tools to fortify your material. Adding safety equipment to your facility will not only protect your investment, but it will also, in turn, keep your employees safe as they will be working around stable material. We offer a wide variety of equipment and services to make your warehouse as safe as possible.

When dealing with workplace safety, there are no cutting corners, it’s the most important part of building up your facility. Whether that means investing in material to fortify your equipment, or for keeping up with workplace ergonomics to keep employees comfortable, workplace safety always comes first. Contact us to talk about ways we can help you wrap up National Safety Month successfully!