• Top Tips for Warehouse Organization

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    Ultimate Warehouse Organization Buying Guide | Cherry's Material Handling

    “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” That old saying is a tried-and-true core piece of advice — whether organizing your home garage or your multi-thousand square foot warehouse full of inventory.

    As the busy manager of a supply chain warehouse, you know how important it is to be organized. Profit and loss statements depend on the efficient use of resources in managing your inventory, so it gets into your customers’ hands on time and in good condition. But loss prevention is only half the battle in running an efficient industrial or commercial warehouse facility. The other half is organizing your stock inventory, making it economically accounted for, easily accessible and safely stored.

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  • Top Industrial Pallet Handling Tips

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    Top Industrial Pallet Handling Tips

    Pallets are a fundamental component in every warehouse. Every business in the storage and distribution industry uses some form of pallet handling systems to secure and transport goods from one location to another. Pallets are a tremendously important link in the nation’s supply chain. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly two billion pallets are circulating the United States — never mind a truly staggering number of pallets in use worldwide.

    Pallets are indispensable when it comes to letting workers move loads quickly and safely. Most people don’t give a pallet a second glance. Pallets are so commonly used that even most workers who handle pallets on a daily basis often overlook or neglect to consider the design, construction and purpose of the pallet they’re loading or transporting. That complacency in pallet handling safety can lead to trouble.

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  • Pallet Truck Safety Tips and Procedures

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    Wherever you find a loaded pallet, you’re likely to find a pallet truck close by to move it. Pallet trucks, or pallet jacks as they’re widely known, are used in nearly every industrial, warehouse, wholesale and even big-box retail facility across the nation. Countless American workers use these indispensable pieces of material handling equipment. Many pallet truck operators are very familiar and proficient with moving large loads with their pallet trucks, yet accidents still happen.

    Almost all pallet truck accidents are preventable. Although the contributing reasons for pallet jack mishaps vary, the root cause for most pallet truck accidents is human error. Unfortunately, pallet jack safety is something that’s often taken for granted in some businesses, and it’s here where the majority of incidents causing personal injury or property damage are highest. They don’t have to be.

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  • A Guide to Maximizing Warehouse Space with Pallet Racking Systems from Cherry’s Industrial Equipment

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    A Guide to Maximizing Warehouse Space with Pallet Racking Systems

    Proper warehouse storage can make or break an industry. In the past, many businesses with warehouse storage needs treated this storage as an afterthought, simply leaving loaded pallets on the floor or in old racks that weren’t designed for pallets. The space in large warehouses can make it seem like it’s limitless, and the simplicity of an industrial warehouse makes it look like it’s relatively cheap storage space.

    If you’re responsible for loaded pallet storage in your warehouse or facility, however, you know that’s not the case. Your warehouse floor space is counted down to the last square foot, and you need to consider things like the cost of the building, maintenance, heating, cooling and lighting as well as the salaries of the people handling your materials.

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  • Plastic vs Wood Pallets

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    comparing advantages of plastic versus wood pallets

    For almost all businesses in the manufacturing industry, pallets are a core component in their supply and distribution network. Pallets are as critical to a manufacturer’s infrastructure as wheels are for the transportation industry. Pallets are everywhere - on loading docks, in the backs of trucks, at the garden supply and sitting wide open on the floors of retail stores. You see pallets going by in bulk returns on the open beds of semi trailers and stacked up outside delivery bays. What you don’t see are the millions of hidden pallets that are nestled, stacked and racked inside the warehouses of America and the entire world.

    You even see pallets being recycled at the end of their lifecycle. They’re turned into funky furniture or quirky pieces of art. And you probably think of pallets as being crudely constructed with top and bottom deck boards nailed or screwed across three runners that form cavities where the tines from forklifts insert. If so, you’re thinking of wooden pallets that make up more than 90 percent of all pallets in existence.

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  • Manual vs. Electric Pallet Trucks

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    manual vs electric pallet trucks

    Pallet trucks are among the most common and versatile pieces of material handling equipment. You’ll find them on almost every floor in every warehouse across America. Pallet trucks, or pallet jacks as they’re also known, are the workhorse of the warehouse. They shuffle virtually every imaginable type of goods between storage, packaging and loading dock areas. For material handling businesses, pallet trucks are an indispensable tool.

    Pallet jacks have been used for handling materials since the early 1900s. Although simple in concept, pallet trucks have evolved with technology. The goal is to smoothly transport heavily loaded pallets across floors from one location to the other. That includes making material handling easy, fast, efficient and, above all, safe.

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  • Inventory Shrinkage Factors

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    What Factors Contribute to or Cause Inventory Shrinkage?

    If you work in warehousing, shipping, and distribution, manufacturing or other similar industries, inventory accounts for a considerable amount of your assets. In order to maximize productivity and profitability, it’s critical to focus on inventory shrinkage prevention and strategies to reduce the loss of valuable products and equipment. While eliminating loss entirely is virtually impossible in most high-volume settings, it is well within reach to adopt best practices for protecting your goods. Learning about what causes inventory shrinkage is the first step in preventing product damage.

    If you’re looking for ways to improve your bottom line and operate more efficiently, consider these common causes of inventory loss with ideas on how to prevent them.

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  • Top Tips for Improving Loading Dock Efficiency

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    Top Tips For Improving Loading Dock Efficiency

    All distribution centers have one thing in common - the material handling zone (MHZ), or what’s commonly called the loading dock. The loading and unloading portals are the connecting point between the yard and the warehouse in all manufacturing or distribution facilities. The docks are where goods are shipped or received depending on incoming or outgoing trucks. They’re the conduit between business operations and the outside world.

    Virtually every manufacturing and warehousing facility imports or exports products. That might be finished goods destined for the retail market, perishables going to food stores or raw materials that are used in a manufacturing process. No matter what the commodity, all of these shipments are going to pass through the dock area. Docking takes time, and time is money. That’s why efficiency in the loading dock area is important for maximizing a business’s bottom line. Read More  

  • Fixed Wall Aluminum vs. Collapsible Containers

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    Finding the right industrial or warehouse storage solutions can be challenging. There are many storage container options and hundreds of competing manufacturer brands on the market. Deciding what’s right for your particular application takes research and gathering product knowledge so you can make the right choice of storage containers.

    key economic driver

    Storage space and supply capacity are critical components in the warehousing industry. Warehouse space is expensive to purchase and operate. Making the most effective and efficient use of valuable storage space is a key economic driver in business profitability. Purchasing the right storage containers can have an enormous impact on the return on that investment. Often, that’s a choice between fixed-wall aluminum and collapsible wire mesh storage containers.


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  • Benefits of Collapsible Storage Containers

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    Benefits of Collapsible Storage Containers

    Plastic collapsible storage containers are among the most popular items that Cherry’s Industrial Equipment handles.

    The best managers looking after commercial and industrial warehouses understand storage space is one of their most valuable business assets. They also know that space can be one of their most expensive overhead costs. Storage space costs money, and effective use of that vital space converts back into significant savings. Read More  

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