Workplace Productivity Increase with Ergonomics

We often examine the positive effects an efficient warehouse design can have on your operation, but what does it mean for your employees? When it comes to warehouse productivity, one of the main components of keeping your facility moving is keeping employees safe. Taking small adjustments into account when setting up your warehouse can be huge for your employees in the long run.

Warehouse Ergonomics

Part of keeping your employees safe is keeping them comfortable. One way to do this is by storing items at the optimal level to reduce strain on pickers. Along with keeping items at a certain level, another aspect of warehouse ergonomics is keeping highly selected items around the same area to lower foot traffic in the facility.

Another way to keep your employees in good health is to integrate some type of automation within your facility. Automation will help you decrease the foot traffic needed to transport goods to all parts of your warehouse. Less exertion means fewer ergonomic issues down the line, helping you keep your staff healthy and comfortable. This will also assist with your overall warehouse productivity as well, which makes it an all-around win.

How We Can Help?

When it comes to keeping high pick volume items in the same area, we offer our newest service, Smart Slotting. This inventory slotting tool takes all of the data provided, such as picking and replenishment rates for different SKUs, and will give you the blueprint to optimize your space and help cut down on unnecessary movement around your facility.

Another way to support ergonomics is through automation. We offer a variety of dynamic solutions that can help with cutting down strenuous movement and wasted time. This includes powered conveyor to move items with ease throughout the facility, and Vertical Lift Machines (VLMs) to allow for fast and ergonomic picking with almost no walking being required.

Another dynamic solution we offer is Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs). AMRs give your employees the ability to stay in one area to work as opposed to moving around the facility. This keeps employees out of the way off forklifts and other machinery moving throughout the warehouse.

Want to learn more about how we can help you keep your facility safe and productive? Click here for more information on our Dynamic Solutions.

design solution process

Here at Storage Solutions, you may know us as the “pallet rack guys”, but the truth is we offer much more than just storage equipment. One area that we have expanded on quite a bit recently is our Design Solution services and offerings. We’ve always had a team of experts in place to help you create a design layout that is right for your facility, and that isn’t changing. However, we are excited that in recent years we have grown that team to allow us to offer more complex design capabilities.

Design Solution Processes & Offerings

One way that we can work side by side with you for your design needs is our C-A-R-E-S process. Through this process we are able to point out specific operational challenges and ways to address those challenges. We will also help you prepare for future growth or change that you will inevitably face down the line. The C-A-R-E-S process is a customer-focused process in which we do the following:

  • Collect data
  • Analyze the data
  • Recommend alternatives
  • Execute the solution
  • Support the new system

Another design solution offering is our newest tool, Smart Slotting. This warehouse slotting optimization tool can help you address the ever-changing demands of customers, increases in labor costs, and other inefficiencies causing challenges within your warehouse. Not only will this tool offer a proven, cost-saving analysis, but it can all be accomplished very easily by working with our team to collect the appropriate data.

In addition to these design tools, we also offer a variety of other options to address pain points within your operation. These services include storage assessments, overall facility assessments, material flow assessments and more. We also can work with you to create a complete facility design for your operation. Regardless of what your needs are, our Design Solutions team will help take the guesswork out of it all.

Does our warehouse design solution sound like something that may help fix some of the bottlenecks in your current operation? Learn more about our Design Solution offerings here!

 

Smart Slotting

Here at Storage Solutions, we recognize that the demands of your customers are constantly changing. With that, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to help you make sure your operation is running at optimal efficiency. That is why we are excited to announce the addition of our newest service offering, Smart Slotting. Smart Slotting is a warehouse slotting optimization tool powered by Slot 3D.

Smart Slotting Capabilities

Our slotting solution is fully integrated with AutoCAD®, the world’s leading design software program. With Smart Slotting we will help take the guesswork out of your facility layout. The software uses several factors when determining the best solution possible for your operation. These factors include things such as space costs, replenishment costs and equipment costs. By simply pulling together and inputting the necessary details, Smart Slotting can then run the numbers, analyze the data and help us define the lowest cost operation plan for your facility.

Concerned about seasonal spikes or future growth? Not a problem! Smart Slotting allows us to factor this in and more to make sure you design a facility to fit all your ongoing needs.

Learn more about the benefits of Smart Slotting here, or contact one of our slotting experts today at 866.474.2001.

C-A-R-E-S design process

Why should the Storage Solutions C-A-R-E-S warehouse design optimization process matter to your company? Everyone experiences challenges & changes within their operation. With the Storage Solutions C-A-R-E-S process, we follow a systemic approach to uncover any issues you may have. This allows us to address specific opportunities for improvement, pain points, growth objectives & more. We have tailored this process to be fully customizable to fit your budget, needs, and time frame.

One example we can address is issues you may have when it comes to order fulfillment. The cause could stem from picking challenges or e-commerce and omni-channel fulfillment demands. For this reason, it is imperative to design a solution that works best for you and is dynamic enough to adapt at the drop of a hat to meet external expectations.

Likewise, internal issues such as SKU proliferation or facility consolidation may be items that need to be addressed. Our C-A-R-E-S process can analyze these issues to provide you with the most efficient answer to your current problems. Similarly, we provide you with the most flexible solution to ensure you are ready for any changes down the pipeline.

In conclusion, by using our data-driven C-A-R-E-S process we can help you create a solution that can be justified not just operationally, but also economically. By developing your distribution to optimal efficiency, we are able to address your current and future goals. Our team of material handling professionals along with our in-house design team makes the perfect tandem to prepare you quickly for market changes and increased customer demands.

Now that you know why an optimized warehouse design is important, you can learn more about our C-A-R-E-S process here!

Design Services

Congratulations! You’re in charge of setting up a warehouse! Whether it is a newly acquired facility, or cleared out due to rack relocation/liquidation, you now have an open space. So now what do you do? A warehouse layout design helps ease you into the right solution to run your facility as efficient as possible.

So why would you need warehouse design?

While it is possible to get the information you need without a design drawing, there are substantial benefits from utilizing a professional facility drawing.

Our experienced team can draw a facility layout and spot potential problems and pain points before you have them, making the situation much easier to remedy. These drawings allow us to make suggestions for different warehouse and racking solutions that were not thought of before. This makes it easier to save you money and get your facility built for the future.

Design layout drawings also make it easier to show all of your options clearly and concisely. This will give you the information needed to make a well-informed decision on your warehouse setup. Another great benefit from warehouse design is the ease of quoting. With a drawing made before the quoting process, we are able to get you exactly the equipment and setup that will work best for your solution and take out all the guesswork.

Our team will take on the challenge of the design phase of your operation. All we need from you is basic information and we do the rest! With our expertise, we are able to draft a layout that will optimize operational efficiency and maximize space utilization.

Learn more about our layout and design services here!

We are here to ensure that you are prepared for anything in your facility. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you plan and optimize your facility!

Broken Case Picking

Broken case picking is becoming more prevalent in almost all industries, creating operational challenges for many companies. When assisting with the design of your broken case picking solution, we ensure that we create the most efficient and cost-effective solution for your facility.

Our solutions development team will utilize our vast experience to help you optimize your operation and find the right equipment, automation or technology solutions to provide you with the lowest total cost per unit throughput solution.

Broken Case Picking Design Criteria

When going through a new facility design, or an existing facility optimization, we have a set of criteria that we utilize to determine the right solution to meet your specific needs.

Our team will gain a thorough understanding of the operational challenges that you are currently experiencing, such as labor, competition, market challenges and more. We then look at the overall volume levels that you are seeing in daily activity; such as the number of orders, the number of line items, and the number of units picked, packed and shipped on a typical day.

After understanding the volume of your operation, we also take a look at the order profiles. We look at the number of line items on a typical order, and the number of units per line item. The order profiles help us to determine the most efficient picking methodologies to apply to your operational solution. We break down your demand to the SKU level to identify ideal storage mediums and utilize ABC stratification to create a slotting plan that will maximize pick efficiency.

Maximizing space utilization and operational efficiency are of paramount importance. That’s why we want to partner with you to ensure your facility is running as profitably as possible.

To learn the rest about our broken case pick criteria, or to learn more about our process, click here! Let us be the ones to enhance your broken case picking operation!

CAD warehouse

cad1An expert warehouse design can greatly expand the capacity of your warehouse! Storage Solutions can help make your warehouse more efficient, allowing you to process more orders in less time, and save you and your clients money. With one simple, on-site visit we can review your current layout and make suggestions on how to improve efficiency without having to rework your entire warehouse.

There are many things to take into account when you consider designing a warehouse, including:

  • Ensuring the design can accommodate the weight and size of the specific products
  • Meeting safety codes for flammable liquid and hazardous material storage
  • Planning a layout that can be easily navigated by the forklifts, services carts, and any other material handling equipment
  • Expediting the shipping process through adequate loading spaces including higher bays and separate loading docks for receiving and shipping.

Additionally, a redesign of your warehouse space should take into consideration what can be done to improve your employees’ customer service, such as internet access for faster order processing and better inventory management. The best warehouse designs are adaptable to the growth of inventory and volume traffic.

Look through our Success Stories for examples of how Storage Solutions has helped others and what we can do for you. Contact our trained professionals to help you optimize your warehouse operation today!

Xcad1An expert warehouse design can greatly expand the capacity of your warehouse. Making it more efficient, and allowing you to process more orders in less time, saving you and your client’s money. With an on-site visit we have the ability to review your layout and make suggestions on how to improve efficiency without reworking your entire warehouse.

There are many things to take into account when you consider designing a warehouse, including:

  • Ensuring the design can accommodate the weight and size of the specific products
  • Meeting safety codes for flammable liquid and hazardous material storage
  • Planning a layout that can be easily navigated by the forklifts, services carts, and any other material handling equipment
  • Expediting the shipping process through adequate loading spaces including higher bays and separate loading docks for receiving and shipping.

Additionally, a redesign of your warehouse space should take into consideration what can be done to improve your employees’ customer service, such as internet access for faster order processing and better inventory management. The best warehouse designs are adaptable to the growth of inventory and volume traffic.

Look through our Success Stories for examples of how Storage Solutions has helped others and what we can do for you. Contact our trained professionals to help you optimize your warehouse operation today!