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Stefanie Leonardis
Stefanie Leonardis

 

Welcome, Stefanie Leonardis!

We are thrilled to welcome our newest addition, Stefanie Leonardis to the Storage Solutions team! Stefanie works as a Project Manager for our National Accounts team. In her previous positions, she’s worked in marketing and operations. Most recently, she managed project proposal submissions for a construction company. We are so excited for all that she brings to our team.

Stefanie was born in Canada, to Italian immigrants. Because of this, she traveled often when she was young. She completed her schooling in Canada, but traveled to Pescara, Italy for several months each year. She eventually moved to the states and in 2017, became an official U.S. citizen. We’re so happy to have you, Stef!

When Stefanie isn’t working, she loves to create art. Whether through photography, multimedia, or even culinary arts, she’s always finding ways to be creative. Along with these, she enjoys traveling, and has even gone cliff diving in the Mediterranean.

What excites you the most about working at Storage Solutions?

“I’m most excited about applying my skills in a new industry and working with great professionals.”

Interested in becoming part of the Storage Solutions team? Apply here today!

New Logo Storage Solutions Inc

We are excited to announce the arrival of our new Storage Solutions logo! We decided on this new, modern look because we feel it helps us identify as a company that is adapting to a dynamically changing industry.

The Process

Our Marketing and Communications team started the evaluation process with a pool of more than 300 logos. From there, we narrowed down our options to best fit where we know as a company. We also looked to the future to find a design that fits with where we know we are heading as an organization.

For the logo, we took a simplified approach to our traditional “diamond”-style logo. This new imagery asserts a three-dimensional, “dynamic”-style that denotes our company’s ability to adjust to what is coming ahead in our industry. We are always looking at the latest solutions and technologies to meet our clients’ business needs and we wanted a logo that helps us tell that story.

The emphasis on our “Simple. Smart. Strategic.” tagline reaffirms our focus on ensuring that we have the knowledge, experience, and ability to best assist our clients in matching them to the right solutions for the challenges they face. Optimal solutions may not always require a major reinvestment in infrastructure, nor a complete re-evaluation of your operation. Often, the simple approach to optimization is best. We have the experts to best advise you in your decision-making process. That’s what we hope to communicate with this new logo.

A Promise to Deliver the Best Solutions

Yes, after 40 years, Storage Solutions is introducing a new look. However, you can continue to count on us for first-rate service and solutions to meet your business’ challenges. We are continuing to innovate as we strive to be a leader in our industry.

We are making some big moves in 2020. So, we want to thank our team, our clients, and our partners in helping to keep the positive momentum going! If you want to learn more about what’s going on at Storage Solutions, contact us today!

Brett Fuller
Brett Fuller

 

Welcome, Brett Fuller!

Our team has grown! We are excited to welcome out newest team member, Brett Fuller. Brett joined us as the Marketing Coordinator on our Communications team. He is a graduate of Purdue University where he studied Communications with specialties in Advertising and Rhetorical Advocacy. With ten years of editorial and marketing experience under his belt, we are thrilled with the knowledge he brings to our team!

Brett was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. He and his wife met in college, they married several years ago and now have a 2-year-old daughter. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his family and friends. One of his favorite things to do is to hike the Indiana Dunes with his wife and their two dogs, Maxwell and Penny.

Along with this, Brett is an avid Chicago sports fan, and loves to cheer on the Cubs, Bears and Bulls.

What excites you the most about working at Storage Solutions?

“I am excited to develop more skills in digital marketing and learn more about the material handling industry.”

Interested in becoming part of the Storage Solutions team? Apply here today!

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!

MHEDA-MVP-2020

Storage Solutions, Inc. has been awarded the prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award for 2020, based on accomplishments in 2019. The MVP Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association). Award recipients must satisfy a rigorous set of criteria with less than 10% of the association’s membership earning the award. As a 2020 MVP, Storage Solutions has successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism, and good stewardship.

To qualify for the annual MVP Award companies are required to provide evidence of their commitment to their partners in business including their customers, employees, and suppliers. They must satisfy criteria in the following important areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Customer Service & Safety Practices
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

“It is an honor to be named this year’s MVP by our industry’s main trade association,” said Kevin Rowles, President of Storage Solutions. “This recognition is truly a testament to our employees and the efforts they continue to put into their professions. We have a tremendous team that works well together and all toward the same goal of providing the best service possible.”

“Achievement of MHEDA’s MVP status represents members who have demonstrated a commitment to their business and its employees, their industry and also to the communities within which they serve,” said Mike Vaughn, 2019 MHEDA Chairman of the Board.

About Storage Solutions

Founded in 1978, Storage Solutions Inc., works with customers to create smart solutions for their warehouse space, integrating supply and service to make every project success. With a “Simple, Smart, Strategic” approach to material handling, storage optimization, and equipment sales, the employee-owned company exists to give clients a partner they can count on, with the right expertise and experience to get the job done correctly. Headquartered in Westfield, Indiana Storage Solutions employs over 150 people throughout the United States with satellite offices in Kansas, Tennessee, California, Arizona, and Florida.

About MHEDA

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the premier trade association dedicated to serving all segments of the material handling business community. MHEDA represents close to 650 companies in the material handling equipment business. Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices. For more information, visit www.mheda.org.

TJ McManus
TJ McManus

 

Welcome, TJ McManus!

At Storage Solutions, we are always working on growing our team to better assist our valuable customers. Most recently we welcomed TJ McManus as a Project Manager out of our Kansas City office. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he studied Communications. In his previous position, TJ managed a team of seven that assisted healthcare providers in streamlining their internal processes. In addition, he has previous sales and manufacturing experience, through working in shipping and receiving as well as rack installation. We’re pleased to have you, TJ!

When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his family and friends rooting on the Kansas City Chiefs. TJ also loves to travel and often heads to Northern Colorado with his girlfriend. They love to hike and visit the Mishawaka Amphitheater for concerts.

What excites you the most about working at Storage Solutions?

“I’m excited to be able to work with all different types of companies and customize our solutions to their specific needs.”

We look forward to sharing more about TJ with our customers as he dives into upcoming projects. Interested in becoming part of the Storage Solutions team? Apply here today!

2019 IFDA

IFDA Logo

The 2019 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference offered a great chance to connect with the industry’s top organizations. Also, it provides the opportunity to learn from some of its best minds with a number of educational presentations. As they represent a $300 billion industry, IFDA leads the growth, development, and success of the foodservice distribution industry. The organization focuses on advocacy, research, education, and networking opportunities.

To that end, the event’s mission is to be:

“… where leaders in operations, transportation and technology gather with renowned speakers, innovators, and disruptors to chart the future of foodservice distribution.”

The conference is the perfect occasion to share how we can support growth through simple, smart, and strategic solutions. Because of our expertise in warehouse optimization, Storage Solutions has the staff and knowledge to address challenges head-on.

While we were there, our team was able to connect and learn to keep up with the latest trends in the trade.

“The event gave us a great chance to see some old faces and meet some new ones. We were excited to share our background of working with companies in this industry,” explained Steve Ponsler, our Used Equipment Division SVP. “As a result, we were able to bring back an updated knowledge base of the challenges these businesses face.”

To see more, visit their website or see their social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. After all, you’ll want to follow these accounts to stay informed about next year’s conference!

In closing, Storage Solutions supports the efforts of the IFDA and its members. We look forward to connecting with even more people and businesses at next year’s show!

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.

Labor Day
Labor Day

Storage Solutions Office Closed for Labor Day

Labor Day is a holiday to commemorate American workers and their achievements. It is typically celebrated the first Monday of September. This year, it will fall on Monday, September 2nd. Although this holiday is seen as a symbol for the end of summer, it was once much more.

Labor Day originated in the late 1800’s during the peak of the Industrial Revolution. During this time Americans faced harsh working hours under poor conditions. Many labor unions formed strikes until their voices were heard. By 1894 more than 23 states had adopted the holiday. Because of this, congress passed an act, and President Grover Cleveland signed it into law, making it a legal holiday.

Next Monday, September 2nd, Storage Solutions will be closed in observation of the holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd. Whether you’re relaxing at home, enjoying a parade or hosting a backyard cookout, we hope you take advantage of your day off. Have a happy Labor Day, from all of us at Storage Solutions! If you have questions in the meantime, feel free to contact us and we will make sure to assist you when we return!