The Benefits of a Properly Organized Warehouse

Make an Organized Warehouse Work for You

Are you getting your warehouse organized for your new business to run smoothly? Is your existing business in turmoil, thanks to a chaotic warehouse? Either way, never fear: These tips for maximizing efficiency are universal, and can help your warehouse operate like a well-oiled machine. It all starts with the right shelving unit, but it doesn’t end there.

Chances are, your inventory is as diverse as you can make it. After all, relying on one single item usually doesn’t make a lot of sense. So when you are setting up your warehouse, you’ll want to categorize your merchandise in several ways. One of the most overlooked ways is “size.”

Small Pieces – Middle Shelf

Start with the smaller items – handheld, nuts-and-bolts stuff. The shelving units you selected will naturally have a number of shelves. You’ll want to store smaller items on the mid-level shelves – ideally between hand level, and eye level – in the proper drawers and bins. This is to help expedite the “picking and packing” step of the process. If your shipping department has to climb a ladder or stoop down for these easily grabbable items, that’s time wasted. It may seem like only seconds, but over time, those seconds become minutes, hours, and even days. And of course, time is money, so pennies become dollars, just as quick.

Heavy Merchandise – Bottom Shelf

Conversely, your business may also handle larger, bulkier, heavier inventory as well. It wouldn’t make much sense to store those high up in the rafters, would it? Nope. Keep some space for the heavy merchandise on the lower shelves, for the very same reason. Less effort to put away. Less time to take out. And yes, less money wasted. Just be sure you select a shelving unit that is strong enough to handle the job.

Rarely Used Items – Top Shelf

If you have items – displays, P.O.P, or archival materials, for example – that you only use very infrequently, you should try to store them up on top of the shelving units, where they are out of the way and don’t interfere with your shippers.

Have A System, and Stick To It

Fortunately, there are several high-quality inventory management software programs to help your business run smoothly. The proper program lets you see what you have on your shelves at the click of a button. And having that information automatically update in real time allows you to order smart – so you don’t end up with a shipment of 10,000 widgets you’ll never sell through in 100 years.

After all, your business needs inventory that collects money – not dust.

 

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The Key to Home Auto Repairs


Do You Have The Right Shelving Units for Your Home Auto Repairs?

Believe it or not, the average car has 30,000 different parts. That’s 30,000 opportunities for something to go missing, something to be misplaced, something to be tucked away in the wrong box, never to be seen again.

That’s why, when you’re doing home auto repairs, organization is of paramount importance. From routine car maintenance tasks like changing the oil, to major home auto repairs like completely rebuilding an engine, a garage lined with the right shelving units can make the job go smoothly.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” –Alexander Graham Bell

What, you ask, are the right shelving units? That’s for you to decide. Every garage will be different, and you want to make it unique to your own needs and tastes. But there are a few universal qualities you’ll want to look for.


Easy to Assemble Shelving Units

If you’re looking to construct your dream garage with just you and a couple of friends, you will need to invest in shelving units that are modular, so you can assemble it yourself, and versatile, so that you are able to customize your shelving units to fit the space you have


Accessory-Compatible Shelving Units

Because all 30,000 of those car parts have to go somewhere, you will need a shelving unit that can be diverse, as well. Spark plugs can go into a bin. Tools can be organized into drawers. There are even special racks designed for tire storage! If you’re planning on organizing for parts of varying shapes and sizes, make sure you have the accessories for the job.


Strong, Sturdy Shelving Units

Of course, one of the most obvious elements of a high-quality shelving unit is its durability. Not every car part is as light as a hubcap, you know. Look for a shelving unit that’s made of high-tensile steel, and has a weight capacity that’s been certified by a credible governing board.

Take a look behind the counter of any auto parts store – you’ll notice racks upon racks of high-grade steel shelving units that are all highly organized – so none of those 30,000 parts ever go missing. It’s no different than if you are trying to organize your personal garage. Proper organization – and proper shelving – are both important elements of any home auto repairs. Alexander Graham Bell is right – preparation is the key to success. With the right shelving system in place, you’ll know where everything is. And if you’re organized, you’re already halfway there.

 

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Is Your Warehouse Earthquake-Proof? (Part 2)

Creating An Earthquake-Proof Solution

As you read last week, the earthquakes in Los Angeles and off the coast of northern California were relatively minor, but they very easily could have been devastating. Great big earthquakes can cause buildings to crumble, and even minor ones can turn an organized, efficient warehouse into a chaotic mess.

Ask yourself this: If an earthquake were to occur directly under your place of business, how well would your warehouse survive?

Shopping – And Storing – is Big Business

Stop for a minute and think about how many stores there are in the U.S. alone. Now think about where all that merchandise does when it’s not being sold. Every store has a store room. And every manufacturer has a warehouse. And every distributor. And so on. What do all these things have in common? The manner in which they are all stored.

Rethinking The Modern Pallet Rack

From a distance all pallet rack units look similar – strong, broad, easy access to goods. But if you think that all units are the same, then take another look.

Due to the constant threat of earthquakes, and other impact events,Andrew Kirby and Hannibal Industries set out to create a material handling solution that could withstand the tremors and quakes of a seismic incident. And soon, that invention became TubeRack.

The TubeRack system features a dual-moment frame that permits flexibility front to back, as well as side to side. This gives TubeRack the ability to withstand earthquakes and impacts, greater than other shelves.

Inventor Andrew Kirby, who is Hannibal’s long-time engineering consultant, had been working on the earthquake issue for several years before inventing TubeRack: “TubeRack has set its reputation as the stronger, safer racking system that provides a lower overall cost of ownership,” he says – a claim that has been corroborated by its many satisfied customers. In fact, in 2005, when FEMA released a 160-page report that specified recommendations for structural improvements to buildings and storage racks, Kirby was already well on his way to address these new concerns, so TubeRack not only met all new federal recommendations and standards, it surpassed them.

If you’ve got a warehouse, then seismic activity and other impact events should be on your mind. You may not be able to predict, or control, natural disasters, but you can prepare for them.

The Advantages of TubeRack

It’s Easy To Assemble: TubeRack’s modular design makes it easy to put together – no welding – and, because the components are all interchangeable, the length and width of each unit can be increased as needed.

It’s Versatile: It was designed specifically to adapt to your existing environment – TubeRack possesses the ability to be mounted on existing slabs, to provide greater storage capacity than most existing racks.

It’s Lightweight: Even with all the durability, TubeRack’s design includes hollow metal posts to decrease unnecessary weight.

 

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Is Your Warehouse Earthquake-Ready?

There’s an old saying that goes: “You can plan for everything – except what’s going to happen,” and unfortunately, it’s quite often true.

Take earthquakes, for example. Seismic activity is unpredictable, and the potential for destruction is almost limitless. But you can protect yourself – and your business – with the right shelves.

Earthquakes Can Be Costly To Your Business

The recent earthquake off the coast of Northern California was a poignant reminder of how the unexpected tends to happen when you least expect it. Although the quake was approximately 50 miles off the coast of Eureka, it measured in at a 6.8 on the Richter Scale, and the tremors were felt as far inland as Sacramento. Although there was no official tsunami threat, more than a few coastal residents kept one eye on the horizon, half expecting a tidal wave.

And even more recently, Los Angeles, California experienced a 4.4-rated quake. Granted, that’s a relatively minor tremor, but the big ones can cause mass destruction. In 1976, the Tangshan earthquake in China took an estimated 240,000 lives. It was a 7.8,

How Can You Protect Yourself?

The lesson to learn here is this: If you’ve got property or inventory, an earthquake – even a smaller one – could create costly damage. And the more you have, the costlier it could become.

In 2005, a wave of quakes affected a small section of the Italy, but resulted in a multi-billion-dollar blow to the economy. Foundations cracked and some buildings fell, but it was the loss of inventory that struck a colossal blow. Manufacturers of balsamic vinaigrette and Parmesan cheese had entire inventories rendered unsellable. Aged barrels toppled to the floor and split open, great wheels of cheese fell to the floor by the hundreds. It was devastating.

However, there is another old saying: “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

The Right Shelves for the Job

With that in mind, Hannibal offers high-density high-grade Metalsistem shelving units to stand their ground – even when the ground itself doesn’t. Super 1-2-3 is a popular shelving unit made from high-tensile steel, and is certified according to EN 10204 3.1. In addition, Super 1-2-3’s safety is recognized by TÜV Product Service in Munich, Germany, and also meets the strict requirements of the Equipment Safety Law.

The Unirack USP series is yet another design that offers even greater protection against seismic tremors. With solid shelves in place of beams, Unirack USP offers an unparalleled stability and a load-bearing capacity of greater than 10,00 lbs per unit.

So whether you’re setting up your garage, small business, or massive warehouse, you want a storage solution that prides itself on stability, durability, and strength.

 

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Kicking Off MODEX 2014 on St. Patrick’s Day

Kicking Off MODEX 2014 on St. Patrick’s Day

Hannibal Industries is well represented here in Atlanta at MODEX with a booth constructed entirely of TubeRack and Metalsistem material handling products. Hannibal Industries partner and inventor of the patent pending TubeRack product happens to be Irish, and he didn’t let anyone forget that the show kicked off on St. Patrick’s Day.  If you see him at the pub tonight be sure to buy him a beer – he’s Irish!

Kirby will be presenting “How Innovation in Rack Design Helps Lower Cost and Deliver Stronger, Longer-Lasting Material Handling Solutions,” at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Theater C at MODEX 2014.  The Hannibal team will be there, and we invite you to join us for his presentation.

Kirby will be discussing how today’s more highly-engineered designs can impact the entire material handling value chain by creating stronger, safer and more flexible systems, which reduces cost of repair and replacement, as well as reducing shipping costs that can be passed on to customers.

 

Of course, Hannibal Industries will be there, as always. This year we are proud to sponsor a key seminar. Hannibal Engineer and TobeRack inventor Andrew Kirby will explain  How new groundbreaking developments in tube rack allow for greater flexibility when encountering seismic activity, and how innovations in the materials handling industry allow for lower freight costs and reduced time-to-market for the consumer. Don’t miss this event:

 

How Innovation in Rack Design Helps Lower Cost and Deliver Stronger, Longer-Lasting Material Handling Solutions

Tuesday, March 18, 10:30 AM, Theater C

 

In addition, there are several other seminars offered, that can help you reshape and rethink your business. Some of the more highly anticipated on-floor seminars include:

 

 Speed is Today’s Game-Changer: How To Achieve Same-Hour Fulfillment in your DC

Monday, March 17, 10:30 AM, Theater C

 

Hidden Costs to Consider When Evaluating Warehouse and DC Picking Automation

Monday, March 17, 12:00 PM, Theater A

 

Industrial Work Platforms, Equipment Platforms, and Mezzanines

Monday, March 17, 12:45 PM, Theater H

 

As you can see, the obvious themes for 2014’s Modex show are: Innovation, Design, and Efficiency – three elements that are key to Hannibal’s product line.

 

Hannibal and Metalsistem gearing up for MODEX 2014

MODEX is Coming. Hannibal Will Be There.

Next week, Hannibal Industries and Metalsistem will be attending one of the biggest supply chain events of the year. That’s right, it’s time once again for the MODEXShow.

From March 17 through 20, the who’s who of the supply chain industry will converge upon the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, to show off their latest and greatest products, as well as participate in seminars, forums and dozens of other events.

modex2014

If you are one of the millions of people who work in the supply chain industry, attending this show can be a beneficial way to streamline your business. More than 800 vendors will be exhibiting, from industry, commerce, government and everyone will be proudly showing off itsnew products for 2014.

There’s a lot of buzz this year on the 180,000 square foot show floor, and a lot of people are talking about Italy’s Metalsistem. In an established industry, it’s rare to see a brand that is boldly designing new products and spending the time and money to reinvent the wheel; but Metalsistem is a brand with a reputation for innovation. Two of Metalsistem’s key shelving units – Super 1-2-3 and Unirack – have made significant waves in the industry’s past, so it’s exciting to see what they have up its sleeve for 2014.

Of course, Hannibal Industries will be there, as always. This year we are proud to sponsor a key seminar. Engineer and TubeRack inventor, Andrew Kirby will explain how new groundbreaking developments in rack allow for greater flexibility when encountering seismic activity, and how innovations in the materials handling industry allow for lower freight costs and reduced time-to-market for the consumer. Don’t miss this event:

  • How Innovation in Rack Design Helps Lower Cost and Deliver Stronger, Longer-Lasting Material Handling Solutions
    Tuesday, March 18, 10:30 AM, Theater C

In addition, there are several other seminars offered, that can help you reshape and rethink your business. Some of the more highly anticipated on-floor seminars include:

  • Speed is Today’s Game-Changer: How To Achieve Same-Hour Fulfillment in your DC
    Monday, March 17, 10:30 AM, Theater C
  • Hidden Costs to Consider When Evaluating Warehouse and DC Picking Automation
    Monday, March 17, 12:00 PM, Theater A
  • Industrial Work Platforms, Equipment Platforms, and Mezzanines
    Monday, March 17, 12:45 PM, Theater H

As you can see, the obvious themes for 2014’s MODEX Show are: Innovation, Design, and Efficiency – three elements that are key to Hannibal’s product line.

So whether you’re attending with the specific goal of streamlining your business, or you just want to be inspired and know how you can make your warehouse flow more smoothly, Hannibal at booth #6740 is one you shouldn’t miss.

See you there!


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Welcome to the Future of Storage Solutions

Storage Solutions you can count on

Hello! And welcome to the Hannibal Shelving blog.

Due to requests from our loyal customers, we have decided to create this blog, to use as a forum for answering questions and providing insights and information about storage solutions, the shelving industry, and our products in particular.

But first – a little about our brand:

Who we are

We’re a company with 15 years of satisfied customers that range from Fortune 500 corporations to individual homeowners. We offer a diverse catalog of storage solutions and accessories to address any and all storage needs.

We are also a proud partner of Metalsistem: Europe’s premier shelving provider. Their sleek and innovative designs are second-to-none.


What we do

In a nutshell, we provide solutions. Storage solutions. Shelving solutions. Business and personal solutions. If you have stuff, and you need a place to put it, you’re in the right place.

If you’re a retailer, and you want your sales floor to dazzle, we have displays and accessories to help draw in the foot traffic.

If you need storage solutions for your commercial warehouse, we offer some of the most durable designs made from superior quality metals. Whether you’re big or small, we have a multi-tiered solution for you (literally – just check out our mezzanines!)

And if you need storage solutions for your home, we have easy-to-install, completely customizable units you can use to reclaim your attic, garage, basement, or closet!


What you need

Hannibal’s vast array of shelving can solve any storage dilemma. Our Super 1-2-3 is a fully adjustable system made of high-tensile steel. Perfect for any light- to medium-duty storage.

Unirack is another popular style that is as adaptable as it is easy to assemble. Whether your needs are standard or two-tier, Unirack is ideal for all light-duty storage needs.

And that’s not all – Hannibal Shelving also offers a wide variety of accessories, so you can customize your project to your unique needs. From bins to drawers to modular cabinets, we can accommodate any merchandise you need to store.

Whether your goal is managing inventory, growing your business, or cleaning house  – if you’ve got stuff, we’ve got solutions.

 

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