5/6/13: Preparing for Summer
April showers bring May flowers… but summer heat can leave your conveyor beat! As we approach the summer months you may begin to notice some components of your conveyor system struggling to keep up or even wearing out altogether. It is normal for rising temperatures to take a toll on items like power supplies, rubber or polyurethane bands and belts, and items that already generally heat with...
4/8/2013 Featured Vendor: Interlake Mecalux
One of our favorite sources for steel racking is Interlake Mecalux. Interlake Mecalux is a manufacturer of pallet rack, drive-in rack, cantilever rack and many more material handling solutions available to you through Xact Warehouse Solutions. Pallet Rack in New Jersey (top), and Tunneled Pallet Rack in Alabama (bottom). Many Interlake Mecalux products are available via Quick Ship, with an...
3/25/13: U.S. Veterans in U.S. Logistics
As American presence in Iraq and Afghanistan dwindles, more and more members of the armed forces return home and prepare for a new season in life. Some of these men and women will continue domestic military careers but many seek a fresh start in the private sector. In this month’s edition of DC Velocity senior editor Toby Gooley illustrates the how veterans may be some of the best prepared...
3/12/13 Blog: 10 Ways to Repurpose a Pallet
18th century English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge is perhaps best known by his Romanticized tale “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” in which sailors lament “Water, water, every where, and all the boards did shrink; water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink.” Perhaps more fitting to the material handling industry would be “Pallets, pallets, every where, and these...
Featured Vendor: Incord
Incord is a manufacturer of safety net solutions and is our first source for many kinds of safety equipment. Offering a multitude of applications, Incord is a versatile and copmrehensive source for warehouse safety netting as well as barriers, partitions, conveyor guarding, mezzanine guards, rack guard netting, and cart nets. In addition to meeting many and varied needs in the warehousing...
2/25/13 Blog: Pallet Rack Safety
It’s easy to become comfortable with routines, less careful with safety procedures, and familiar with the tools we use every day. However, in the warehousing industry, this can be incredibly dangerous. No doubt, pallet rack is one of the most commonplace varieties of material handling equipment, seemingly an extension of the building in which it stands. Although we may become accustomed...
2/18/13 Blog: Shrinking the Globe (Somewhat)...
Logistics Management’s Patrick Burnson wrote this month about alternative distribution networks on the rise as global shifts prove traditional off-shoring to no longer afford the savings it formerly did. With contributions from several logistics experts, Burnson has provided much food for thought. Dr. Dale Rogers, co-director of the Center for Supply Chain Management at Rutgers University...
2/12/13 Blog: Changes for Leading Supply Chain...
The group formerly known as Material Handling Industry of America will now be referred to as simply Material Handling Industry. Interestingly enough, this change is not only indicative of a broadening of horizons, but also a return to origins. MHI was founded as such in 1945. The MHI of today will continue to focus on material handling, as well as “manufacturing, distribution, logistics...
1/28/13 Blog: 2013 Industry Predictions
Clifford Lynch, of C.F. Lynch & Associates, has looked into his crystal ball (and called upon years of experience) to make predictions for the supply chain industry yet again this year. In this month’s edition of DC Velocity, Lynch has drafted a top-ten list of changes (or lack thereof) we can expect for 2013. 1) The Usual; driver shortages, high fuel costs, infrastructure and...
1/21/13 Blog: ProMat 2013 Begins Today!
This week tens of thousands of material handling and supply chain professionals will gather in Chicago for ProMat 2013, the largest material handling exposition in the U.S., which runs from today to Thursday, January 24th. This event is actually a combinatation of two shows as attendees are also eligible to attend Automate 2013, which spotlights automation technologies. Between the two shows there...
Featured Vendor: Nashville Wire
A national provider of industrial and residential wire products, Nashville Wire has quickly taken the lead among our preferred wire deck vendors. The variety of styles available made Nashville Wire a one-stop shop for a multitude of 2012 Xact Warehouse Solutions projects. A Standard U-Channel waterfall wire deck. Xact Warehouse Solutions looks forward to utilizing Nashville Wire products and...
11/28/12 Blog: Made in the U.S.A.
A recent study published by TD Economics evaluates the growing wave of manufacturing returning to the United States from off-shore sites. Primarily Chinese, off-shore manufacturing has been on the rise for over three decades -the result a 6 million job loss in the first 10 years of this century. Today however, TD Economics reports that 2010 saw the start of a rapid decline in the off-shore...
11/20/12 Blog: Job Opportunities Expected to...
This month’s edition of DC Velocity is packed with it’s usual material handling news, product information, and supply chain surveys and statistics, and one particularly encouraging forecast. Mark Solomon presents food for thought in regard to upcoming changes in the industry -both celebration-worthy and challenging. Solomon’s reporting of recent findings published...
Post-Sandy Supply Chain Support
As children return to school, power returns to many homes and businesses, and people begin the long return to normalcy, Superstorm Sandy’s destruction remains scattered about the northeast United States. Thanks to many in the supply chain industry, there has been rapid movement to bring aid to those in need and to jump start the economy throughout the region. With some freight carriers...
Featured Vendor: Bluff Manufacturing
Bluff Manufacturing is a leader in the material handling industry, specializing in dock and loading ramp equipment. With a variety of dock boards, plates, and levelers, there is a Bluff solution for you! With the advent of Bluff’s Speedy Board®, it has never been easier to safely place and remove your dock board for storage. This innovative product is designed to provide the most secure...
Xact at WERC!
On Wednesday, October 10th, Xact Warehouse Solutions joined approximately 40 other material handling leaders for the 11th Annual NorthTX WERCouncil Warehousing Convention. This was a great time of networking, idea-sharing, and, for many, was an opportunity to learn about new solutions for their warehousing needs. As an exhibitor, Xact Warehouse Solutions greeted hundreds of event attendees and...
Free Warehouse Safety Printable
Storage Solutions, a partner of Safety Management Group, has created a streamlined collection of safety tips that are available for free download and to print. These recommended procedures and practices have been gathered from a number of industry sources and governement standards. Xact Warehouse Solutions cares about the safety, productivity, and integrity of our customer’s business...
Upcoming Material Handling Convention!
On October 10th, the North Texas Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) will hold its 11th Annual Warehousing Resource Convention at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Xact Warehouse Solutions would like to invite you to join us for this event featuring more than 40 exhibitors, including ourselves. We will be hosting a booth with the Hilmot...
Protecting Your Interests & Internet
This week both tech and business worlds have been a-buzz with nervous energy over the impending shutdown of the FBI server designed to protect millions from the infamous “DNSChanger”. If you haven’t caught wind of Monday’s scheduled disengagement or are not sure how it will affect you, please read on. Last autumn the creators of a virus known as DNSChanger (a...
Mission: Small Business
Mission: Small Business is a Chase Bank event currently running via the web with support from Living Social and Facebook. The idea is for companies to apply online and receive 250 votes (from anyone, anywhere!) in order to be considered for a $250k grant. This grant can be used for any number of investments towards busniess development! Companies apply online to participate then receive votes...
It can easily be said that an individual, a group, or even an idea is only as good as the legs on which it stands. The same is true for your warehouse. If your equipment is not reinforced it is vulnerable. Leaving your equipment vulnerable leaves you, your employees, your product and your business vulnerable. To protect the integrity of your warehouse we recommend a prepared approach -rack...
As a national integrator, we work not only for customers from all over the country, but with vendors in dozens of major cities as well. When we choose to give our business to a vendor, we are not just selecting the highest quality goods and services at the most effective cost. We are also trusting our vendors to provide our customers with the same fantastic service we do. A customer recently...
Conveyor Confusion Clarified
For some organizations, choosing a conveyor system is a no-brainer. For others, the endless waves of information and conveyor terminology are overwhelming. Gravity conveyors, MDR conveyors, extendable conveyors and more -how do you choose which one is right for your facility? In some cases, a warehouse or distribution center may need more than one type of conveyor within their entire material...
FOR SALE: FOUR NEVER-USED CROSSOVERS!
We have four brand new, unassembled Ladder Industry crossovers available to move immediately! These crossovers would make a great addition to any warehouse or distribution center. Features: -Designed for a 30-inch wide conveyors -Platforms have 60-in clearance -Each platform includes TWO sets of stairs, a landing and a handrail ...
Is Customer Service Dead?
After perusing an RSS feed on a popular business networking site, the value of customer service is fresh on my mind. The question initially posed on the aforementioned forum was “Does customer loyalty exist?” A number of professionals said that no, customers’ choices are entirely price driven. Even the most optimistic response was limited to essentially “Customer...
Staying Ahead with Spare Parts
It is so important to be prepared. It’s probably safe to say we all know this as a general concept, but do we really incorporate preparedness into our business practices? We at Xact Warehouse Solutions would like to encourage you to stay prepared for unforseen conveyor complications. The smallest photo eye fault or damaged band can disrupt productivity for days, resulting in lost time and...