Material handlers struggle with warehouse inventory and needs

Material handling equipment could struggle to fit in warehouse spaces.

Material handling equipment could struggle to fit in warehouse spaces.

Dealing with warehouse needs can be difficult for companies when they’re limited by space constrictions. If they don’t have the resources to build brand new facilities for their material handling equipment, most need to use leftover warehouse space. However, many companies are finding that the available spaces aren’t meeting their needs.

According to Material Handling & Logistics, while there has been a lot of warehouse space built within the past decade, it only accounts for about 11 percent of the total space, and the rest is difficult to work with when using today’s modern material handling equipment. The news provider reports that the average age for a warehouse space to be considered completely obsolete is 34 years. The news provider reports that anything that has been built past 2008 is three times larger than anything built before that year.

Industry Week reports that companies need to be creative with their space and think about stacking. Also, where you keep inventory can play a role in how often the space frees up. The source suggests using the front end of the warehouse for fast-moving inventory, so it’s the first thing that’s replenished when new stock arrives. This will also provide more space for material handling equipment, rather than the narrow back aisles.

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Use material handling equipment to keep up with retail demand

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Dollies can help your business stay efficient

The retail industry has seen some positive strides in recent years, as consumers are becoming more comfortable with spending again. Retailers will want to stock up on Rubbermaid dollies so they are able to stay efficient in moving inventory throughout their warehouse, stockroom and storefront.

According to Material Handling & Logistics News, retail sales increased for the firs time in three months, growing by 0.6 percent during the month of March. However, the news provider also notes that the drops from December to February might be indicative over the decrease in purchases following the hurricane rebuilding efforts and the holiday shopping season rush. Analysts are suggesting that the increase is right on trend.

CNN Money suggests there are still some struggles for certain stores, which are trying to compete with stores such as Amazon and Walmart, which have been increasing their digital footprints. In an effort to stay competitive, retail managers may find themselves going to an omnichannel strategy in order to reach as many potential customers as possible. You’ll also need to stay as efficient as possible to meet consumer demand, which is where using material handling equipment can help as it allows more inventory to move at once.

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When your cleaning supplies cause the clutter, how do you condense?

Are you overloading your cart with cleaning products?

Are you overloading your cart with cleaning products?

Do you have an organizational method to your cleaning cart? When you’re trying to battle office cleanliness, you may find that you’re adding more clutter to the mix than intended. Take stock of your cleaning cart every once in a while and see what is really necessary and what is providing more clutter than it’s worth.

According to the Washington Post, it can be easy when you’re doing spring cleaning to accidentally have the cleaning products add to the clutter. Too often, companies get carried away by having too many cleaning supplies, when there are many multipurpose options that don’t take up as much room. The news provider suggests having multipurpose cleaner on hand that can be used on different surfaces, a brush, cleaning cloths, squeegees, a vacuum cleaner and other rags and sponges, it should be more than enough to keep the office clean and clutter-free.

Frequently, having a lot of chemicals could cause fumes to irritate office inhabitants, so there are other benefits for reducing the amount on the cleaning cart.

The Huffington Post reports there is also the danger of overusing certain cleaning products. For example, the news provider reports that people will often spray the surface, rather than the cloth itself, which just causes more buildup to be pushed around.

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Trying to save on energy? Look at the office fridge

Focus on the fridge to keep energy costs down.

Focus on the fridge to keep energy costs down.

Trying to keep energy costs down in your business? You may want to start with the office fridge. While bringing in a professional crew with cleaning carts on the regular can be useful for doing a deep clean of the fridge, doing a regular purge and organization tactics can help save energy the appliance is using.

The Washington Post suggests taking the brush attachment to a vacuum and cleaning the front bottom of the refrigerator as well as the condenser coils in the back. According to the source, this helps improve energy efficiency and also boosts the shelf life of the appliance. Fridges can be an expensive cost if they break, so it’s important to treat them with care and ensure that they have a long lifespan.

Green Living Ideas reports you may want to keep an eye on what’s being stored in the fridge, as uncovered liquids can actually add moisture. This leads to more frost buildup and the source reports it causes strain to the fridge’s compressor, making it work harder and use more energy to address the problem. The source also suggests having employees open and shut the door quickly in order to conserve energy in the long run.

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Keep clean to stay zen

Bringing in the cleaning cart can keep everyone stress-free.

Bringing in the cleaning cart can keep everyone stress-free.

When dust and other residue piles up in the workplace, it can be tough for employees to breathe. This is why a professional cleaning crew should come in with cleaning carts on a regular basis to make sure all surfaces are clean and bacteria-free. However, there are other benefits to doing a deep clean in the workplace.

According to the Daily Mailer, doing a deep clean can have relaxing benefits for anyone who is willing to do the dirty work. The news provider points to a recent study of participants, 71 percent of whom said that they felt relaxed after doing a deep clean. Another 57 percent said they felt accomplished when they finished the job.

The Small Business Chronicle reports there are more benefits to having a clean work environment for employees. The news provider reports that clutter can put employees at risk because they’re more likely to trip over something or slip on a spill on the floor. Additionally, the news provider points to a study that found 77 percent of employees said that clutter affected their productivity. In order to keep your workers happy and focused on the job, you may want to bring in the cleaning crew on a regular basis.

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Go natural and inexpensive with cleaning products

Add natural cleaning products to your cart.

Add natural cleaning products to your cart.

Trying to reduce the cost of cleaning supplies on your professional cleaning cart? Not only can products get pricey, they can also be bad for the environment, leading to many companies to take an eco-friendly approach to cleaning. However, there are plenty of non-chemical ingredients that can be useful to cleaning crews for multiple purposes.

According to MBG Lifestyle, having white vinegar, a citric acid and baking soda on hand can serve as multipurpose cleaners. These can be bought at any store, and when they’re combined with water they make for great cleaning agents. The news provider reports adding some essential oils can also help personalize the scent, if it’s something your clients care about. However, most employees in a work setting only care about clean surfaces, as scents can be irritable to some.

Sometimes, people may think natural cleaners are not as effective. However, Green America reports that basic soaps and green cleaning products can be as effective as needed for preventing germs. Additionally, using particularly harsh cleaners could cause bacteria to eventually resist its contents. Just make sure to consistently disinfect any rags or wipes you’re using to clean up the space so they don’t become carriers of bacteria.

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Keep the cleaners coming to the gym on a regular basis

Keep the gym bacteria-free.

Keep the gym bacteria-free.

With summer right around the corner, more people are heading to the gym in hopes of getting into shape. Thanks to the increase in traffic, managers will want to have professional crews coming in with cleaning carts even more frequently in an effort to combat the bacteria that spreads in gyms.

Business Insider reports that some gym equipment can be home to more bacteria than what would be found in a public restroom. It’s important to make sure that you have a cleaning crew coming at least once a day to help decontaminate the equipment. The news provider reports that not only is there a lot of bacteria in the gym, it’s also harmful as 70 percent were found to cause illness and skin problems. The news provider reports the treadmill, exercise bike and free weights were the three main culprits for harboring bacteria.

In addition to bringing in professional cleaning crews, encourage your members to be vigilant about disinfecting equipment after they use it. Have bins of wipes all around the gym so they’re easy to find well-stocked. Women’s Health reports before using equipment, members should wipe down all surfaces with wipes and then do it again after they’ve used the machine to protect the next user.

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Too many cleaning products could bother tenants

Fumes could bother tenants.

Fumes could bother tenants.

Cleaning products can be a powerful way to keep building smelling and looking fresh. However, some of the chemicals that are put on professional cleaning carts could have adverse effects on surrounding people’s health. As a result, it’s a good idea to encourage professional cleaners to use products that don’t give off as many fumes.

The New York Times reports it can be a hazard to building tenants when maintenance crews use powerful chemicals to keep buildings clean. On the one hand, they’re doing their job and trying to keep dust at bay – which can also be harmful to tenants. However, some people may be sensitive to fumes, and it could affect their air quality.

It isn’t a stretch for people to complain about the cleaning product fumes they’re inhaling. A recent study found people who are exposed to cleaning products could face a decline in lung health overtime, according to Reuters. If fumes are starting to get to tenants, there are plenty of alternative cleaning products that may not be as harsh on the system. With a particular focus on eco-friendly, more companies have been increasing their environmentally friendly cleaning products, making it easier for trained professionals to make the switch.

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Keep office carpets looking fresh with professional cleaners

Look for a professional service that works for your needs.

Look for a professional service that works for your needs.

If you have the budget to bring in a professional crew with cleaning carts, you can work to make sure your building is always looking pristine. Appearance is important, and if you’re trying to attract new potential clients or coworkers, you need to make sure your space is in the best possible light.

While having a carpeted floor in an office building can help reduce the noise of people bustling around, it can be more difficult to clean and keep looking fresh and new. Not only can foot traffic cause some dirt and grime to pile up, but certain spills can be difficult to remove as well. According to Boston.com, using a professional cleaning service to get rid of any difficult to remove stains in the carpet could be a good use of money. The news provider suggests doing your research first to make sure you’re getting a reliable carpet cleaner who can handle your needs.

Angie’s List suggests asking for a quote up front and also being sure to inquire about what kind of products they use. If you think the chemicals are too harsh or the method will not work with your flooring, it’s best to wait until you find a service that’s right for your business needs.

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Keep the company fridge on your list of cleaning priorities

Stay on top of the office fridge to reduce germs.

Stay on top of the office fridge to reduce germs.

You frequently bring people with cleaning carts into the office to make sure all surfaces are wiped down to help reduce the spread of bacteria. However, one place that could be filled with germs is a space that may never be touched by the cleaning crews: the fridge.

Particularly if it’s used on a regular basis by everyone in the office, not only will certain things be forgotten about, there will also be spills and other ways that germs and build up occur. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you should ask your employees to do a regular clean of the office refrigerator in an effort to reduce the amount of germs. Once a spill occurs, it should be cleaned up immediately. Otherwise bacteria will build up over time and could spread germs throughout the workplace.

Additionally, do a weekly check to see if anything has perished while in the fridge. This can help keep food safety in check for the rest of the items in the fridge.

The Washington Post suggests holding people accountable for breaking the office fridge rules too much, such as if they leave expired foods in it too often. Set guidelines and tape them to the fridge so employees know what’s acceptable in proper fridge etiquette.

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