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Turnkey Solutions Equipment Purchasing

Delivering a seamless turnkey experience is something the entire Storage Solutions team strives to do with each project we undertake. Recently, a frequent 3PL client of ours found themselves with over 2,000 uprights, 20,000 beams, 25,000 wire decks, 5,800 row spacers, 600 aisle guards, and 1,500 column protectors sitting in their warehouse.

The client needed to move all of the equipment out of their warehouse as quickly as possible because, despite being nearly new, it no longer fit their needs. With all that racking sitting in their warehouse – representing almost $2 million in material – they called our Used Purchasing Team (UPT) to help. After learning about the situation, our team was confident in our ability to move this equipment. Because of our size, scope, and skill, we knew we could also solve some additional challenges along the way.

To start, we sent a team member to the site to get photos, measurements, and an accurate count, and the work began. Our sales teams and project managers got word of the equipment’s specifications. They reached out to several other clients with immediate needs for racking but who were on waiting lists because the lead time on warehouse equipment is so long in the current environment.

We utilized our in-house logistics team to coordinate the shipments of 60 truckloads over two weeks to several locations, navigating the challenges that come with today’s shipping environment. We also used our in-house installation team because they have a long history of quality work on short timelines. Our purchasing, logistics, sales, and installation teams adeptly responded to all the challenges that come with moving $2 million in warehouse equipment in a short timeframe.

Having those resources in-house and being able to completely control every aspect of a project is what sets Storage Solutions apart. Many of our clients don’t know where to begin when it comes to challenges like these. Who would be your first call? Who would you hire to load the trucks? Do they have experience with dismantling and banding equipment and loading it safely on trucks?

Because we have such a deep team, with dedicated, in-house associates that know the ins and outs of equipment purchasing, teardowns and installations, and shipping and logistics, we were able to provide a turnkey service that solved our client’s unique challenge.

At the end of the day, we delivered a great win for our customer with our ability to provide excellent turnkey service and move swiftly in removing the material on site. It is another example of our size, scope, and skill separating us from others in our industry. We can solve challenges in ways others cannot.

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Warehouse Conveyor Manchester NH 1

Storage Solutions recently completed a project for a longtime client for their 400,000 square foot facility in New Hampshire. The client was condensing their operations to free up warehouse space and required a creative solution to completely reverse the flow of their outbound conveyor system and re-locate their shipping sortation race-track conveyor.

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However, the challenge with this project was the integration of the new conveyor with their existing conveyor system. The design had to factor in their need to have the conveyor interact with their existing pick modules. There was also a time crunch associated with the project, so proper planning and design were integral at the early stages to ensure the project would be completed on time and within budget.

Additionally, at the time, lead times for new conveyors were estimated at 20 weeks, while the client only had an 8-week window to complete the project. So, our engineers got to work while our account representatives and project managers began procuring the proper equipment.

Because of our vast network of partners, we could find a portion of what we needed from new product sources while using some of the client’s existing conveyors. We also found mechanical and electrical installers who were up for the challenge and had a strong base of product knowledge and experience.

We integrated the new conveyor material with their existing system, used TGW’s motor-driven roller (MDR) conveyor to create a 180-degree curve, and Russell Conveyors for spurs, curves, and merges. We were able to utilize a conveyor loop design – similar to a horseshoe – to maximize the use of space. Our engineers and product managers made site visits to ensure everything was on schedule and provided guidance on reprogramming all of the different components to make everything run together properly.

Ultimately, we were able to take a complicated problem like designing and reversing a conveyor system within a smaller footprint – when new conveyor lead times were around 20 weeks – and complete the project with minimal downtime in 8 weeks to the day. This success is just one reason why our clients continue to be repeat customers and it shows that delivering creative solutions can be accomplished because of our internal teamwork and diverse set of expertise.

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Want to learn more about past projects we have completed? Check out other case studies from a variety of project types across several industries.

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SSI Difference - Size Scope Skill

With all the obstacles that can belie any project – from labor shortages to logistical challenges to project management issues – it pays to work with a company that can solve challenges. Especially in times like these, when it seems all of these challenges are happening simultaneously, it pays off to work with a partner that offers the size, scope, and skill to overcome those and get the job done on time and on budget.

As the most significant storage equipment integrator in North America, we have the capabilities to get projects done on a shorter timeline and with a lesser impact on your day-to-day operations that other companies do not have.

What does that mean? How does that benefit you? Let’s explain…

We Can Source Warehouse Storage Equipment When Others Can’t

When it comes to buying power, we are unmatched in our industry. We are a Top-5 purchaser of pallet racking from the Top-8 manufacturers in North America when most other integrators cannot boast that claim for one or two of them. This status means that we have buying power that allows us to source equipment that others cannot because of our size and scope.

That status also means that we can achieve quicker lead times than others. Because each project is unique, we can get things done faster than the competition. We have such good relationships with our partners that, in the rare instance where production space is open, our manufacturing partners will reach out to us to see if we are interested in their supply. Of course, we are!

So, when some manufacturers may be sitting on 24-week production schedules, we can fit orders into their existing schedule because they know we’re always looking to buy. These unique vendor relationships allow us to place orders on reserved production because we know we can connect our clients to new equipment faster than others.

Another differentiator we can boast of is our 330,000 square-foot warehouse, located in Central Indiana, just north of Indianapolis. We always have new and preowned equipment in stock, and our warehouse allows us to be aggressive in acquiring inventory, which means we can help fill orders quicker. Plus, when there is a delay on a project and equipment is in transit, there are times that we can use and hold those uprights, beams, wire decks, or other equipment in our facility until the project gets back on track.

We are Growing at a Record Pace, Adding More Strategic Partners & Staff Along the Way

As a team, we continue to grow in size and skill. We have added dozens of new talent in sales, engineering, project management, installation, and operations in the past few years, which means we can accommodate a higher volume of projects at any given time and handle a larger share of each clients’ challenges. We have always engaged in training and continuous improvement, but we’ve made a real effort to get our staff accredited and certified in their area of expertise, and it’s paying off for our team and our partners.

We have new strategic partnerships with industry leaders like Daifuku, MHS Global, inVia Robotics, OPEX, and more, which means we are more connected to the latest-and-greatest solutions that can genuinely drive ROI on our clients’ projects. These are new areas of specialization that we have never been able to offer before.

Our approach means we can put the processes and programs to our client’s success. By being proactive – instead of reactive – we can control a project that many others cannot. That pays off by creating long-term partnerships with our growing number of clients because they know we can help solve nearly any challenge that may lay ahead.

We Have the In-House Talent to Navigate Project Planning and Execution

Another one of our main differentiators is our ability to provide in-house Turnkey Services to accommodate project planning and execution. Not only can we assist in the engineering and permitting process, but we offer an unmatched, robust project management team dedicated to each project. That team provides oversight on each component of a project and is in constant communication regarding safety checkpoints, installation progress, permits, logistics, and all the elements required to ensure a project is executed at a top-of-class level.

We offer this as an in-house solution because we ultimately want to be a partner that makes the best use of our clients’ time. Instead of being stuck calling around trying to find answers – or finding out what questions you even need to ask – we already know whom to ask, what to ask, and how to navigate the challenges associated with planning and executing these projects.

Our logistics and installation teams are also held in-house to provide complete control over projects and to ensure that there are no “gaps” in relying on two third-party vendors to coordinate with each other.

Especially now, in late 2021, supply chain and labor markets are experiencing massive delays and challenges. Fewer trucks are available. Delivery times are all over the place. Labor shortages are nationwide. We are not immune from these challenges, but we experience them to lesser degrees than our competition because we can control more resources than others. In other words, just because there is a labor shortage or supply chain disruption, it doesn’t mean we can’t get the job done. Our team can.

When our internal resources are stretched, and we do need to reach out to a third-party vendor, we have built a massive nationwide network of vetted vendors that we can utilize when necessary, and we can leverage our relationships when essential for our clients to receive preferential treatments.

We’re Ready to Get Started!

If you’ve worked with us before, you know our agnostic approach to sourcing solutions means we can deliver your project with fewer challenges than any other partner. If you haven’t worked with us before, give us a call and share more about how we have the size, scope, and skill that positions us as a true industry leader. That position makes us an ideal partner, especially in the current environment of unforeseen challenges and obstacles.

Whether you are about to plan a significant project like designing a new distribution center, investigating whether or not to introduce automation to your operations, or are just exploring options for a project partner, give us a call. We have a team in-house that can help you at every stage of that project, from design through implementation and support.

 

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Our integrated supply and service approach to Turnkey Solutions means your Storage Solutions team has tighter control over all facets of your project, ensuring you meet your timeline and budget. Oversight for each component and executing entire projects as one team means efficiencies that generate better results with fewer surprises along the way.

We specialize in:

  • Project Management
  • Safety
  • Installation
  • Permitting
  • Logistics

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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!

Relocation Solutions

Everyone knows that moving can be challenging; packing everything up and relocating is both strenuous and tedious. With countless other tasks on your mind, you often hire a moving company to do the heavy lifting for you. When it comes time to get your old distribution facility cleared out, SSI’s Relocation Solutions are here to help!

If you are moving out of your facility and want to transport your equipment to a new facility for redeployment, we’d like to partner with you. Our warehousing and logistics teams will work together to streamline the process. Our crews will dismantle the equipment, load it on trucks, and get it to where it needs to go. Once the material has arrived, they will work fastidiously to get all the equipment up and running to your satisfaction.

If you are moving facilities and are looking for new equipment, we can help with that too! We are always looking to purchase pre-owned material and will offer the most competitive rates for any equipment that you no longer need. If you are dealing with foreclosures, acquisitions, mergers or just want to completely start anew, we also do complete facility liquidations. We seek to make this process as effortless for you as possible. This way, you can focus on managing your business and leave the heavy lifting to us.

You can learn more about these relocation services in further detail here. Let us partner with you throughout your move!

SSI Turnkey Solutions

You’ve heard us talk about our turnkey solutions, but some people may wonder what exactly we mean by that. To us, it means we want to be your one stop shop for anything and everything your project needs. When you contact Storage Solutions to begin the process of completing your warehouse project, our goal is to be the only vendor you need to contact. We have a great team in place to assist with everything from products and install, to your final inspection.

At the forefront of our turnkey solutions is our project management offering. When you work with our team you will be assigned a project manager who will be with you from start to finish. They will provide you with a project schedule and will hold regular calls to update you each step of the way. Their main goal is that everything stays on time and on budget, while keeping our customer happy.

Along with a project manager, we also offer several other turnkey solutions. These include installation, safety audits, permitting and logistics. Learn more details about each of these turnkey solutions here. Let us help with your next project by offering you a solution for every square foot and a helping hand each step of the way.

Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Truck drivers play a key role in the logistics side of our business. Without them, we would have no way to get shipments from Point A to Point B. Because of this, we were more than ecstatic to celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week from September 9th through the 15th.

Logistics is an integral part of the material handling industry, nobody knows that better than our Logistics Manager, Brenda Dudley.

“For material handling and specifically what we do at Storage Solutions, service needs are indicative of “just in time” performance. With build schedules, crews on site and customer timelines, we can’t deliver too early or too late but within a window delivery plan. We depend and rely on the abilities of the drivers to honor our own commitments to our customers. Let’s not forget that drivers on-site at a customer’s facility are an extension of who and what we are as a company. They represent us while handling our shipments and can make or break customer relationships. It’s easy to overlook the hard work and effort most drivers put forth and we tend to think that they need business to keep the wheels turning, when in fact, we need them just as much.”

We send and receive around fifteen shipments every day, going to and coming from all over the continental United States. These drivers put in long, grueling hours every day to ensure shipments arrive on time. That often means time away from family and friends, along with the comfort of home.

This is why we dedicate this week to them. So if you see any truck drivers, be sure to thank them for their hard work! It certainly doesn’t go unnoticed here at Storage Solutions.

Want to learn more about our logistic capabilities? Visit our warehouse services page to inquire about all of our logistics services.

 

Project Management schedule

When you have a project that you need done the right way, Storage Solutions has the perfect team for you. With our project management services, you don’t just get a project manager, you get a whole team to take the reigns of the operation and give you exactly what you need.

Our team consists of a project manager, logistics coordinator, an on-site project manager, design specialists and a project coordinator. This entire team works together to ensure that your project is exactly how you want it and goes off without a hitch.

Your Storage Solutions Team

Let’s take a look at how each member of the team can help your project run smoothly. First, Storage Solutions has a dedicated design services team here to help you optimize your current space. They will work to find any inefficiencies in your current plan and improve any shortcomings in your operation. They will also work to ensure that you are prepared for any and all upcoming growth opportunities.

Our logistics team will work to ensure that equipment shows up on time and on schedule. We take care of all the moving parts when it comes to delivery and scheduling, so you can focus on what you need.

Along with general project management oversight, we also have a project manager that will be on-site to help you out. They will be able to facilitate communication, giving us the ability to make changes quickly and efficiently.

Last and certainly not least is our team of expert project coordinators. Your project coordinator will be the hub of communication between you, our team and any third-party vendors. Best of all, they will serve you to make sure that all of your needs are met, even after the project is completed.

Our team is your team. They will work with you throughout the entire process, as well as after the project is finished. Since we have a specialized member for each facet of your project, we truly offer our clients one source and one result!

We want to make sure that we provide everything you need to succeed in your operation. Want to learn more about our project management service? Click here for a full breakdown of what we can do for your project!