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 even more extensive selection available on a made-to-order basis. Request a quote today!
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 boards never shrink!” Not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of ten great ways to make your extra pallets useful again!
10. Check Out the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association for more information about cost-effective, environmentally-friendly use, resuse and disposal of your wooden pallets!
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 industry, Incord provides safety netting for playgrounds, sports, theatrical environments, residential use and more. In 2012, Incord was privleged to contribute to an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project. Incord created a custom climbing hammock which was then installed in a foster home filled with children who were blessed by the additional play space.
Xact Warehouse Solutions is proud to provide quality material handling equipment from creative vendors like Incord. Please contact us for your custom safety netting solution!
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 to pallet rack and other features of the workplace environment, it is important that we never take them -or our safety- for granted. Below are a few helpful tips from a pallet rack safety infographic distributed by Cisco-Eagle.
It’s never too often to review general safety guidelines and evaluate your business operations for optimum safety. If you see a need for equipment protection in your warehouse or distribution center, please contact us! We look forward to assisting you in improving the safety of your business through rack guards and other equipment protection tools.
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 services in 2013 and invites you to explore their website!
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 arriving the day after the storm, Lynn Adler of Reuters.com asserts that many lessons learned from Hurrican Katrina are proving invaluable to the economic and infrastructural recovery from Sandy.
“By the time Sandy hit, trucking and logistics companies had topped off gas tanks, bought or rented back-up generators to power distribution and fueling centers, and shipped relief and manufacturing supplies to the Northeast that customers would need after the storm. During the storm and in the days after, these companies and East Coast railroads diverted shipments away from the hardest-hit areas and found alternative delivery options for customers.”
-Lynn Adler, Reuters.com
We are blessed to be part of this industry and to work with and for companies who are so committed to rebuilding, both physically and economically. We would like to extend our thanks to both our vendors and customers who have been effected by Sandy for your continued patience, perseverance, and flexibility. Your businesses and your families remain in our prayers and we remain at the ready to assist you with your material handling operations.
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 transportation via forklift cutouts along the leading edge of the board.
Additionally, Bluff Manufacturing can create custom mezzanines, conveyor crossovers, ladders and stairways adding productivity and safety to your warehouse. Bluff Manufacturing has maintained a commitment to excellent customer service for nearly 45 years which is a top priority for Xact Warehouse Solutions when choosing our vendors. We are thrilled to pass that quality of work along to our customers and look forward to serving you! Please visit our website to learn more about Bluff Manufacturing as well as other products and services provided by Xact Warehouse Solutions.
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 spent valuable time discussing with them practical applications for many of the services we offer.
Kevin Kelley (Xact) speaks with a convention attendee.
If you stopped by our shared booth with Hilmot Corporation, we would like to thank you for your time and extend our best wishes for the success of your business. We hope that this event and the conversations we enjoyed with many of you have given you new ideas and tools for your material handling needs and we look forward to working along side you to meet those needs.
Brad Harris (Hilmot) demonstrates the placement of a motorized drive roller in a Hilmot conveyor.
If you were not able to attend the convention and would like literature about pallet rack, conveyor systems, engineering services, conveyor maintenacne, or any of our extensive material handling services, please contact us. We look forward to exhibiting at the 12th Annual NorthTX WERCouncil Warehousing Convention and to seeing many of you at ProMat 2013!
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 Corporation, in Hallway C, just outside the presentation hall.
If you have not already registered for this event please consider doing so as it will be an excellent opportunity to network with peers, vendors, and customers. Additionally, there will be four educational presentations running throughout the day as well as round-table discussions. The guest and exhibitor lists for this nationally recognized event will be primarily composed of those active in the material handling industry in Texas and surrounding states. While it is not necessary that attendees be members of the North Texas WERCouncil or any subdivision of WERC, members will receive a discounted registration rate. There is an additional discount for registering before October 9th, but you are welcome to arrive and pay the day of the event.
In addition to the numerous educational and networking opportunities, attendees will also enjoy continental breakfast, hot lunch, snacks and free raffle prizes! The first 100 attendees will receive a free t-shirt and portfolio as well so be sure to arrive early! Doors open at 8:00AM and the convention will wrap-up at 4:00PM. To register, visit WERC.org. We hope to see you there!