Buffer inventory, also known as ‘safety stock’, can be a crucial part of any warehouse’s inventory supply. The term ‘buffer inventory’ refers to any overflow stock specifically kept for the purpose of avoiding stock shortages. This inventory is typically counted separately from the ‘active’ inventory, as it isn’t accessed as frequently, even for more Read the full article…

  When it comes to cold storage, the term “efficiency” can have several different meanings. Sure, there’s always concerns about energy efficiency – maintaining the right temperature to keep your products (and customers) safe can be an adventure of its own. But there’s a lot of work that goes into organizing, picking, and shelving items Read the full article…

  Cantilever racks and pallet racks are pretty common sights in modern warehouses – but they can serve very different purposes. Sure, on the face they’re pretty similar. Long, tall structures designed to hold bulky goods and larger packages of inventory, usually only accessible by forklifts – sounds familiar, right? But the two of them Read the full article…

  Out of everything that needs to be managed inside a warehouse, the flow of traffic is one of the more frequently overlooked. And even if your foot traffic has been properly managed through careful positioning of your warehouse shelving and the like, there’s still another angle to consider: vehicular traffic. Vehicles of various sizes Read the full article…

  For warehouses of all stripes, “traceability” is an important term to know. Traceability refers to the journey of an item or a part as it travels through the warehouse, and how every step of its movement is tracked. While it can take many forms, one of the most common is in-house traceability. This is Read the full article…

  For as similar as many warehouses tend to be, it’s surprising how many different uses they can fulfill. Warehouses, once thought a simple home for retail products and auto parts, have evolved to meet a number of different needs over the years, each new one requiring some drastic change in warehousing design and capacity. Read the full article…

  The loading dock is one of the most important areas in a warehouse, and yet not one that gets discussed as often. You could consider the loading dock as the beginning of every process in your warehouse. Without the products coming in from your loading dock, your warehouse wouldn’t have any inventory to move Read the full article…

  Out of everything a warehouse has to deal with during the holiday season, returns have to be one of the most…fraught with difficulties. Returns may be the only thing that customers want handled faster than their initial delivery, since if, for whatever reason, the item didn’t work out, they’re going to want their money Read the full article…

  A lot of people hear the term “NSF shelving” and assume it refers to a specific type of storage, but the reality is a little more versatile than that. NSF shelving refers to any type of shelving that has been approved by the National Sanitation Foundation for certain qualities such as resilience to germs Read the full article…

  The amount of products and goods being stored in warehouses these days has led warehouse managers to seek all kinds of avenues for storage. Warehouse shelves have taken many different forms over the years, but perhaps one of the most versatile is sliding shelves. Sliding shelves allow you to maximize storage in a potentially Read the full article…

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