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Well… it’s finally here! What you have all been waiting for. This week we’re featuring the finalized facility down in Georgia. It’s pretty cool time after time to get to see a job from start to finish.  Check out this video: Project Atlanta.

To recap this project:

  • 600 Pallet Rack Bays
  • 885 Bin Sections
  • 100 Linear Foot Wire Mesh Cage Area
  • Approx. 13,000 Footprint for Shelving Units
  • Approx. 58,000 Footprint for Racking

Up next, we’ve got Project Spotlights coming your way from Dallas, Illinois and more! We’d love your feedback, so be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.

The first ever Storage Solutions Spring Newsletter is officially here! We are excited to present this to you, our faithful readers, as we continue to take steps to provide you with the most up-to-date industry news and information around.

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What You’ll Find:

In each newsletter, to be distributed bi-monthly, you’ll find…

  • Industry News – Sometimes… other people say it better.  So we will be including links to some great articles from our favorite online publications pertaining to the material handling and logistics industries.
  • Where Are We Now – Consider this the “Where’s Waldo” for Storage Solutions.  As we mentioned in a previous blog post, our installation crews are constantly traveling all over the country for jobs both large and small.
  • Project Spotlight Series – We know you’re chomping at the bit to get another piece of this new blog series.  You can check out the progress we’re making on various jobs throughout the country… We know you won’t be disappointed.
  • Current Storage Solutions Events – Whether we’re hiring, headed to a trade show or showcasing another aspect of our business or employees, this is where you’ll find the information!
  • Terms Of The Month – Essentially a compilation of our “Term Of The Week” postings, we’ll provide a very basic “material handling glossary” for our readers.

We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback, so be sure to let us know if there are other topics and information you’d like to see us write about.  We’re always up open to suggestions!  So read on and enjoy!

When it comes to this business, sometimes it’s easy for people to assume that because we’re located in central Indiana, we serve businesses in and around our area only. Well… That’s just not true.  Storage Solutions prides itself on the fact that we have skilled installation crews who are constantly going the distance. Literally.

Where Are We Now?

WhereAreWeNow Peoria, IL

Seguin, TX

Lakeland, FL

Clayton, OH

Atlanta, GA

New Brunswick, NJ

Indianapolis, IN

Waco, TX

Whether a job is 5,000 sq. ft. right next door or over 1 million sq. ft. five states away, we’re always willing and able to get the job done.  If you’ve got a project you’d like us to work with you on, give us a call at 866.474.2001 or contact us!  We’ve got a great inventory of both new and used material handling products.  Be sure to check out our clearance section for great deals!

As promised, this week brings you the third installment of our new emloyee introductions.  This week we’re excited to introduce you to another new employee, Tyler Northway.  Tyler is the newest addition to our Kansas City team.  A little about Tyler…

tylerHometown:  Lee’s Summit, MO

Education: Northwest Missouri State University

Favorite team:  Kansas City Chiefs

Role with Storage Solutions:  National Accounts Manager

On behalf of our entire Storage Solutions team, we’re excited to introduce another well-qualified account manager to provide you with great service.  Whether it’s pallet racking, steel shelving or a warehouse needing new configurations, we are ready to give you exactly what you need in order to make your operations successful.

As part two of our four-post introduction series, Storage Solutions is excited to introduce you to another new employee, Art Ibarra.

ArtThe most recent addition to our project managing team, Art brings 11 years of industry experience to the table.  Originally from the Chicago area, Art combines his knowledge of steel products with innovative thinking to make project planning efficient and effective.

Background:  Art studied both in Mexico and at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC).

Specializations:  new and used pallet rack (selective, drive-in, pushback, etc.)

Favorite Teams:  San Fransisco 49ers

Hobbies:  Watching movies, golfing and playing tennis.

On behalf of the entire Storage Solutions team, we are happy to welcome Art to our company.  Whether it’s pallet racking, steel shelving or a warehouse needing new configurations, we are ready to give you exactly what you need in order to make your operations successful.

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Building a successful warehouse can be quite an endeavor. Whether the full layout ends up covering 10,000 square feet or 1 million square feet, the best warehouses are built with foresight and growth in mind. What are the current needs? Should we design for growth? How often will our demand change? 

No one can predict the future with 100% certainty. However, because we have partnered with several types of warehouse construction projects, we have seen the best and worst practices. The most successful warehouses typically involve the following four-stage process.

Plan the Layout

There are a few important factors that go into planning the layout of your warehouse.  Your floor plan will have a big impact on the way you want to outfit your facility with pallet rack.  For example, areas with offices, bathrooms, and exits will need to be taken into account when determining the location of your pallet rack or shelving units.  Our team of CAD specialists will assist you in designing the layout of your warehouse.

Select the Appropriate Equipment

Now that you know where you would like to put your storage equipment, determine what your specific needs are. At this point, we can help identify the best solution to your warehousing needs.  Our sales representatives will help you select from a wide variety of storage options, including pallet rack, drive-in rack, pushback rack, steel shelving, rivet shelving, etc.  The key is to carefully analyze your unique needs. This examination ensures that your storage facility operates at the most efficient level possible.

Installation

The installation of your storage equipment should be a relatively simple task. If it is a small job, most of the equipment can be assembled by your warehouse workers.  However, if you are outfitting an entire warehouse with pallet rack or shelving units, I would recommend calling a professional to help with the installation.  Storage Solutions has a crew of professional installers that would be happy to help you install new equipment, or tear down and move existing equipment.  Alternatively, you could call a third-party contractor.

Upkeep

Next, you need to make sure to keep tabs on the condition of your storage equipment. The most important thing in your warehouse is the safety of your employees.  Stay proactive to identify and resolve any potentially problematic areas.  Storage Solutions partners with the Safety Management Group to provide safety consulting, training, staffing, program planning and implementation on your job.  If you have questions about the condition of your storage equipment, give us a call and we will be happy to help.

Before you get started on building a successful warehouse, start with the 1st step above and make sure your layout is designed for your current needs, while taking into account any planned growth. Contact us to speak with an expert who can design your layout with an optimal eye toward efficiency.

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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!

used-pallet-rackHere at Storage Solutions, our niche is assisting clients with any type of warehouse transition. We understand that selling or moving your current material handling equipment can be a large headache.  We would like to help you resolve that issue.

Let us buy your used material handling equipment as we help you transition to a new warehouse or redesign your current one. Not only will you save money on your warehouse redesign, but it removes the hassle of finding a buyer and shipping your used equipment.

Contact us today to get our free recommendation for your new operation!

Not only do we have an e-store on our website for your convenience but we also have selected items available via ebay and craigslist, making buying easier than before!  Storage Solutions started up an ebay store so you can find great deals on items you might not find on our e-store.  We have plenty of listings and are constantly updating listings!  You can find out when we have used packages ready to be sold by subscribing to our blog or e-mail list.

We want to to make it easy for our customer to find us whether it be via our team, e-store, ebay store or craigslist.  Our goal is to make it easy for you!

build-a-bearBuild-A-Bear Workshop® wanted to enhance their distribution capability to support the future growth of their business. They built their first company-owned Bearhouse distribution center near Columbus, Ohio to meet this need.

Storage Solutions worked closely with Build-A-Bear Workshop and Kurt Salmon Associates to get the Bearhouse up and running on time, even with unpredictable winter weather.

“Our new state-of-the-art distribution center allows us to not only improve inventory control and management, realize greater efficiencies and reduce operating costs, but also has been designed to accommodate projected growth well into the future. Storage Solutions provided a warehouse configuration that can change and grow as we do.” said Build-A-Bear Workshop Director Bearhouse Operations, Aaron Wilcox.

“Storage Solutions was a true partner, not just a vendor,” explains Sean Whitehouse of Kurt Salmon Associates. “They delivered outstanding customer service at a very competitive price. During the planning phase, they provided innovative suggestions to fine tune the material handling equipment configuration and keep costs down.”

Contact us to let us handle your next project.