Warehouse , Case Studies , Pallet Racking

Client: Contract Flooring Solutions Ltd

Based in Bromsgrove, Contract Flooring Solutions Ltd are a nationwide flooring supplier and installer, dedicated to providing complete flooring solutions to UK House Builders and Housing Associations. 

Location: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Products:  Carpet Racking and Pallet Racking

Carpet Racking Installation

Initial Brief:

Due to the expansion of Contract Flooring Solutions Ltd to a new purpose built warehouse in Bromsgrove, Bristol Storage Equipment were invited to quote for the supply and installation of a new carpet racking system. 

Project Summary:

Bristol Storage impressed the client enough to win the contract thanks to competitive pricing, personable service and a wealth of experience and knowledge.


Supplying heavy duty carpet racking designed at 9000mm High and up to 5000mm deep, this heavy duty system was capable of storing loads of over 3000Kgs per level. Using the highest quality storage equipment and specialist decking manufactured specifically for use with carpet racks, a total of 8 carpet racks were installed with a total of 46 bays each containing 11 storage levels – that’s a lot of carpet!


The client had suffered with rack damage on their old racking system, therefore rack protection was installed and steel buffer rail was laid down in order to protect the bottom beam level from fork lift truck damage.


Heavy Duty Walkway Barrier was also installed around the new office area.


The project was installed in line with strict timescales and Bristol storage worked closely with Contract flooring to create an installation schedule that would suit both parties. It was agreed that racks would be handed over in phases to enable Contract Flooring Solutions to vacate the existing warehouse and move carpet over to the new site as the new carpet racks became available.


Bristol Storage were also on hand to strip down the existing racking from old site, and rebuild it as required at the new site.

Carpet Racking Installation

Carpet Racking Bromsgrove

Heavy Duty Pallet Racking

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Warehouse Automation and The Human Touch

Warehouse Automation Inventory check Warehouse automation is one of the biggest challenges facing our business world today.

Whether commercially run, operated by government, charities or NGO’s, storage and distribution centres across the world all have the same goal in mind. That is to run fast, efficient, high quality processes safely and cost effectively in order to increase output, profit, and end user experience.

Although warehouse automation is nothing new it is certainly something that you should be utilising if you’re not already. Read on and discover how you can find out exactly how you could benefit.

Where it All Began

Unprecedented advances in technology have become a game-changer for businesses that want to become market leaders and industry competitive. Why has this happened? Four reasons really; better communications, information sharing, greater collaboration, and the merging of great minds.

The adoption of automating technologies that led to mass production in factories was first led by American businessman Henry Ford in 1909. Through a combination of technological knowhow, innovative ideas, and working practices, as well as respect for co-workers, colleagues, and customers, the Ford car company grew from a small local company into one of the largest industrial companies world-wide.

Not only did Ford set the bar high for fast, efficient, highly profitable processes, he also campaigned for fair wages and work conditions for his workforce, understanding that improved standards of living were essential to effective production.

Automation Trends

In recent years we have seen a shift with warehouse services merging. In a bid to achieve improved efficiency from picking and packing through to distribution, warehouse managers are increasingly turning to automation.

In fact, there are a wide range of automation tools out there to choose from, from direct order placement at the press of a button to collection and delivery by autonomous transport systems. It is also seen that automation is releasing human beings from tedious and repetitive tasks which Ford recognised as necessary over a century ago.

Whether adopting semi or fully automating processes, there are a host of household names that have reaped the rewards from their commitment to tech, robotics, and logistics. Find out more below and take a look at some of the top 10 automated warehouses

  • Coca Cola – Operating a fully automated process from one supersized warehouse, Coca Cola store over 25,000 pallet locations. By centralising storage and using logistics to manage orders and distribution, efficiency savings are substantial through the simplicity of operation via central locations.
  • Ikea – As a Swedish home products manufacturer, Ikea has adopted automated warehouse solutions to become the leading furniture logistics company delivering household items to retail outlets and worldwide.
  • Fedex – Operating a super hub to connect 4,000 employees by day and 8,000 by night their processing is aided by 300 miles of conveyor belts to help support 3.3 million packages at Memphis International Airport.
  • Nike – The sports giant handles 43 million items per annum operating a warehouse with uniquely coded product ranges, enabling accurate stock taking/inventories and efficient order fulfilment.

However, many jobs are becoming redundant and experts are suggesting the introduction of a “robot tax” to ease the transition of employees to new areas of employment and roles in the community.

Is Automation for You?

On a smaller scale there are a few main trends afoot to help streamline future warehousing processes which will likely include:

  • Ergonomics – Ensuring loads can be stacked and retrieved from greater heights by machines, maximising storage capacity and safe retrieval..
  • Storage Configurations – These are evolving to support automated processes in the form of collapsible, dividable, reusable totes and boxes, making custom designs more redundant.
  • Standardised Tote Boxes – The design and manufacture of these products will save on design, engineering and project management costs associated with custom totes by providing industry wide solutions for lower capital investment.
  • Traceability – The process of tracking orders where customers become actively involved in monitoring the progress of their order from point of sale to point of delivery. Radio frequency tracking and warehouse management systems are set to become commonplace in warehouse automation. 

Resolving Automation Dilemmas

Many visionaries say the opportunity for growth is only limited by our own imagination.

The starting point is to know your values, your resources, and your limitations. Knowing your organisation requirements is essential to realistically determine the size of investment required and the number of implementable changes possible to calculate the potential returns on that initial investment.

What’s clear is that technology, consumer demand, and competition is radically changing and you’ve got to embrace the changes to compete in a rapidly changing market. 

If you’re looking to improve your warehouse processes - whether you’re adopting full automation or indeed pallet racking, partitioning, or workbenches - get in touch with the team. Give us a call on 0117 955 5211 for more information.

 

 

 

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Avoid Injury with Correct Manual Handling Practices

As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your employees are protected from harm or injury caused by manual handling tasks in 

Warehouse workers lifting boxes the workplace.

With many reporting musculoskeletal disorders, these types of injuries can cause lasting damage which will not only affect your employee’s long-te

rm health and ability to work, but potentially your business too.

It is therefore vital to have a thorough understanding of the risk factors that increase the likelihood of such injury. 

Associated Risks of Poor Moving & Handling

Manual handling is any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more workers. It includes activities such as lifting, holding, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving a load. These loads can be animate (people or animals) or inanimate (boxes, tools).

Occurring in almost all working environments there are a number of health effects. In fact, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2015/2016, there were 30.4 million working days lost to work-related illness and workplace injury. More specifically we saw 621,000 injuries occur at work with an estimated £14.1 billion cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions.

Manual Handling – What the Law Requires

With more than a third of all reported workplace injuries associated with manual handling, it is important you ensure you comply with the correct requirements.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 require employers to:

  • Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable
  • Assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that can’t be avoided
  • Reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable

As required by law these apply in all situations including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, and carrying in environments from construction and warehousing to banks and offices. 

Prevention Measures

The negative health effects of manual handling can be prevented by eliminating the risk factors involved for your employees. Adequate manual handling training will allow staff to assess situations and carry out day to day tasks safely and thus adhere to relevant health and safety guidelines.

•    Elimination – If necessary, the workplace can be reorganised in such a way that manual handling can be avoided entirely or restricted considerably. Using powered or mechanical handling equipment such as forklift trucks can help you achieve this.

•    Organise Inventory – Avoid lifting heavier objects from the floor or very low shelving as you are more likely to risk injury. It is advisable that you store heavier items in the middle as it is both easier and safer to grip and lift from waist height.

•    Is There a Better Way? – Ask yourself whether the task at hand is difficult. If so, it is likely to present a higher  risk of harm to an employee. Therefore it is time to look for a better way to  complete said task.

Correct Handling Techniques

It is important that every member of staff is given the correct training to ensure the elimination of injury. The approved manual handling lifting techniques should be used on a daily basis to help keep your employees safe and balanced.

Lifting

  • Prepare the area around you so that it is clear of obstacles and any doors are open.
  • If you are lifting with someone else, ensure you both know what you are doing.
  • You should adopt the following technique when lifting a load:
    • Put your feet around the load and your body over it. This will give you a stable and supportive base from which to lift.
    • Bend your knees and not your back. This allows you to use stronger leg muscles to lift the load and bear the weight, avoiding potential back injury.
    • Lift your head first to keep your neck straight. In turn, this will automatically cause your back to straighten and allow you to see where you are going.
    • Pull the load as close as possible to your body. The further away the load is held the more stress you will feel on your lower back.
    • Lift and carry the load with straight arms.
    • Lift smoothly and try to avoid sudden movements.

Pushing and Pulling

Including the pushing and pulling of devices such as trolleys and barrows, it is important that you:

  • Use your body weight; when pushing you should lean forward and when pulling lean back.
  • Ensure you have enough grip on the floor surface to lean forward/backwards.
  • Avoid twisting, turning, and bending the back.
  • Ensure handling devices are well maintained so that the wheels run smoothly.
  • Ensure floors are hard, even, and free from obstructions.

More Help and Information

Whether you need a bit of advice regarding your warehouse operations, or are in need of updating your pallet racking systems, give our team a call on 0117 955 5211.

Alternatively, why not check out our blog? We offer some great advice regarding all areas of warehousing which could help you.

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Efficiency checklist If you and your employees have become accustomed to the strain of working in difficult conditions, it is most certainly time for a change.

Take the time out of your working week and look to improve the efficiency and running of your warehouse. A few simple changes will see happier employees, greater & more reliable health and safety measures, and a potentially enhanced bottom line.

Avoid the perils of an unorganised mess and improve upon your efficiency with a few of our top tips and efficiency checklist below:

Risk Assessment

Identifying the key health and safety priorities within a workplace is fundamental. Not only will improving upon these better protect your employees and their day to day activities but allows you the opportunity to reassess your current processes. 

In fact, under The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulation (1999) the law requires that you have a documented risk assessment in place.

Make sure you comply with these regulations and check these off of your list:

  • Identify the hazards
  • Decide who may be harmed and how
  • Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
  • Record your findings and implement them
  • Review your risks assessments and update.

Inventory Management

Without effective inventory management in place, the process of efficiently overseeing and controlling the ordering and storage of products is near to non-existent.

As one of your major assets, mismanaged inventories can create significant financial problems such as being presented with a shortage or overflow of stock and a prolonged picking process.

Simplify you inventory management and ensure successful and efficient procedures:

  • Train every employee in regards to the proper procedures and inventory process
  • Avoid ordering too much stock with the aid of accurate projections of how much you’ll need based on previous seasonal patterns.
  • Ensure accurate tracking with barcode scanners
  • Reorganise your floor plan to ensure that the organisation and efficiency of your warehouse runs accordingly
  • Ensure a procedure is in place when a product is moved from one location to another to prevent loss and reduce processing time

Signage, Labelling, and Barcodes

An obvious point to make for many, but an important one nonetheless is the correct labelling within a warehouse environment. A requirement  from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) you’ll need to ensure personnel are directed through the warehouse safely as well as improving the ability to find inventory fast and easy.

With its history and worth proved in the retail setting more and more companies are switching over to barcode technology in the warehouse to improve profitability, productivity, and warehouse efficiency. The benefits of doing so are quite significant and include, but are not limited to:

  • Improving accuracy – Eliminate human errors whilst ensuring you have a complete and accurate picture of your stock levels at any given time.
  • Speed up operations – Work fast and more efficiently as the picker is guided to the exact location of a product.
  • Real time information – Store information about items, its measurements, storage conditions and location.
  • Ease of use – Less paperwork and a higher level of stock information available.

Interested? We’ve compiled a full blog post discussing the benefits of barcode scanners.

Pallet Racking Protection

What better way to ensure the efficient running of your warehouse than to make certain it isn’t falling apart at the seams. 

Pallet Racking is an invaluable system to the day to day running of your business and the organisation of your warehouse would collapse without it. Providing a durable and reliable system to store high volume and high density bulk inventory we’d suggest you’d follow these tips:

  • Regularly inspect your racking
  • Understand loading capacities & ensure these are clearly marked for all
  • Invest in pallet racking accessories which can improve the efficiency & durability

SEMA Approved Racking Inspections

We cannot stress the importance of regular inspection and checks of your pallet racking enough. Not only will you lower any future costs, avoid stock damage, and increase efficiency but you’ll protect your staff and ensure that they are working within safe conditions.

As SEMA approved racking inspectors we can provide safety checks for you. We’ll also fix it for you too, providing a competitive quote for installation of replacement materials, repair services, and spare parts.

Give us a Call

If you’re looking to improve the efficiency of your warehouse, we can help. Whether with pallet racking itself, protection accessories, labelling or inspections get in touch with the team. Give us a call on 01179 555 211 and talk to our experienced and knowledgeable team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In order to run a successful warehouse business you must have high standards when it comes to the organisation of your premises.Warehouse workers stacking pallet racking

Amazon didn’t become the world’s largest internet retailer, selling every product imaginable, with a disorganised and dishevelled warehouse floor, did they? No.

In our latest blog we’ve taken a look at a few simple changes you can make in your warehouse to ensure all operations are running smoothly and efficiently.

Take Inspiration from Amazon

Did you know that Amazon Prime Now offer one hour delivery on their orders? Can you imagine the delights of ordering the latest DVD releases on your way home from the office, only for it to arrive as you do?

Unfortunately, unless you live near one of their 27 US stores, you won’t just yet. But the warehouse processes and efficiency behind the offering has us intrigued.

With a service specifically relying on the accurate and on-time delivery of their products a well organised warehouse is essential. But things work a little differently here. A system that seemingly goes against everything we have been programmed to believe, Amazon randomly store their inventory. You’re likely to find a set of weights next to Ben & Jerry’s. 

Placing items randomly across the warehouse, each is scanned into a computer system thus logging its location. When the order comes in the computer can find the fastest route for all of the items to be picked ensuring that the order is delivered on time.

Whilst we appreciate that this system will unlikely work for many it is important to find a method that works for you.

Organise Your Warehouse with these Top Tips…

An efficient warehouse starts with its organisation both in terms of layout and your process. Take a look at our top tips below to get started:

Ask Your Team

What better place to start than your employees; those who work on the ground on a daily basis.

Provide an opportunity for feedback and ask your employees for their comments regarding daily warehouse activity. Find out what they feel needs improving, where changes can be made, and how time can be saved with improved processes.

You may be surprised by suggestions you hadn’t even considered.

Onwards and Upwards

If you’re short on space, don’t forget that you can go upwards with Pallet Racking. In fact, many places would quickly diminish without the use of such systems.

With the correct installation and proper maintenance, pallet racking is a particularly durable and reliable system providing years of service. Well-designed and securely fitted there are a number of benefits:

  • Space Saving – a prominent factor for any business it makes economic sense to use every square inch available.
  • Safety – The safety of both your employees and inventory is essential. Racking will ensure you avoid the potential pitfalls of poorly stored items
  • Accessibility and Convenience – Optimised to help reach stock will make life that bit easier for your employees ensuring the efficient, smooth running of the business.

Labelling

If your warehouse is home to a host of products it is worth investing in a warehouse management system (link to blog) to help keep everything labelled and tracked. Despite a likely significant upfront cost, the potential for improved productivity is massive.

Alternatively, put a label on your pallet systems and ensure that your employees are able to easily identify product locations with aisle markers.

Training

Quite simply there is no point in organising you warehouse if your staff aren’t aware of the processes in place.

Make sure every team member understand the systems and process and realises the importance of sticking to them to ensure an organised, more efficient, and safe environment to work in. Remember that training should be an on-going commitment and not a one-off.

You may also want to give your warehouse operative a helping hand by colour coding areas to show where different classifications of products are kept.

Get in Touch

If you need a hand getting your Warehouse into shape, give the team at Bristol Storage a call on 0117 955 5211 for more information and advice regarding all of our products.

 

 

 

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Warehouse , Case Studies , Shelving Systems , Pallet Racking

Client: Amazon.co.uk

Amazon, is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company, founded on July 5, 1994, by Jeff Bezos and based in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest Internet-based retailer in the world by total sales and market capitalization. 

Dexion Shelving installed in Leicestershire by Bristol Storage

Location: Coalville, Leicestershire

Products:  Dexion HI280 Shelving and Dexion P90 Pallet Racking

 

Initial Brief:

Bristol Storage were invited to quote for stores area shelving at a new Amazon distribution centre in Coalville, Leicestershire. Having previously kitted out the stores area for Amazon in Swansea, the client wanted to replicate the specification previously supplied.

Project Summary:

Installation of stores shelving for small parts storage and pallet racking with pull-out dividers for palletised loads. Bristol Storage specified Dexion HI280 shelving with full height dividers to each level. Dexion P90 pallet racking was also specified as the perfect racking solution. Pull out units were fitted to the ground level racking locations to enable picking directly from pallets.

Dexion P90 Pallet Racking with Pull Out Units

Dexion Racking in Leicestershire by Bristol Storage



Dexion HI280 Shelving System with Full Height Dividers

Dexion Shelving installed in Leicestershire by Bristol Storage

 

Specification

 

Dexion HI280 Shelving

 

Bay Details

  •  2100mm High x 1000mm Wide x 600mm Deep
  • 6 Shelf Levels per Bay

 All bays fully clad – steel cladding to side frames and back

 

Load Data

  •  140 Kgs per Level
  • 840Kgs per Bay

 

Dexion HI280 Dividers

  •  3 no. Dividers per level (5 Levels per Bay) 
  •  Total 1050 off. Dividers 400mm H x 600mm Deep
  •  Fully removable and relocatable dividers for optimum flexibility.

Dexion P90 Racking

 Bay Details

  •  2500mm High x 2700mm Wide x 1100mm Deep
  •  3 Beam Levels per Bay
  •  Each Level fitted with Steel Decking Panels

 Load Data

  •  2000 Kgs per Level
  •  6000Kgs per Bay

 Dexion P90 Pull Out Units 

Pull Out Units to be fitted to ground level of each racking bay. 2 units per bay.

Load Capacity up to 1000Kgs per unit

Finished in RAL 5010 Blue


Trusted by the worlds leading companies to supply, deliver and install the finest storage solutions.

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Warehouse employee proposing to Pallet Racking with Racking protecion equipment Whether you’re into it or not, as February approaches it is hard to ignore the commercialisation of St. Valentine’s Day. Roses flood the garage as your refuel on the way home; there’s an unsightly amount of red in every shop window; and heart shaped chocolates have made their way from the warehouse on to the shop shelves.

Let’s face it, you can’t really ignore 14th February.

But for a minute, forget about your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, or even secret crush and think about your warehouse. And ask yourself; are you really truly looking after it?

As an absolutely vital aspect of running your business, your warehouse provides a safe storage environment for all of your inventory. Considering this role in your day to day life, don’t you think your warehouse deserves even just a bit of love and attention?

Make sure yours is a relationship to define all others by ensuring your warehouse and its equipment is well cared for, for years to come. Take a look at our top tips to showing your warehouse some TLC below:

Provide Lots of Attention

Whilst a durable and reliable system, especially with the correct installation and maintenance, your Pallet Racking can provide you with years of great service.

However, there can be many dangers lurking within its structure which can go unnoticed. It is therefore essential that you keep an eye on the day to day usage of your Pallet Racking and take the appropriate actions for regular inspections and maintenance.

In fact, regular inspection of your Pallet Racking is a legal requirement under UK law. Whilst an annual inspection is necessary, don’t be fooled into forgoing your own regular checks.

Check out the maintenance and inspection services we can offer (we promise they’ll make your warehouse feel cared for AND valued!)

http://www.bristol-storage.co.uk/services/pallet-racking-inspection-maintenance/rack-inspection-damage-report

Handle With Care

The powered industrial truck, whilst advantageous in lifting and moving materials a short distance, can be particularly dangerous in the warehouse. In fact, on average they are involved in a quarter of all workplace transport accidents according to the Health and Safety Executive

We’d therefore suggest that you handle forklifts with great care & attention and follow a few of these simple tips:

  • Routine Check – Ensure that you check for any faults, particularly focusing on the brakes, steering, controls, warning devices, masts, and tyres.
  • Don’t Speed – Obey the “Warehouse Highway Code” and ensure that your drivers are aware of speed limits and take particular care when turning corners to avoid tipping.
  • Never Overload – Adhere to the capacity limits of your vehicle and never exceed these.
  • Correct Equipment Use – Ensure that no more than one person is in the vehicle at any given time.
  • Clothing – Appropriate clothing should be worn at all times. Clothing such as hard hats, safety shoes, and hi-visibility jackets need to be reasonably fitted to avoid the risk of any loose clothing being caught in the machinery.

Can You Handle the Heat?

Great management means that you need to take measures to avoid the risk of fires. And in the unlikely event that they do occur, are able to control and contain quickly, effectively, and safely.

Ensure that you carry out risk assessments to help you identify any potential hazards and act upon these with physical fire precautions. We’ve pulled together a few of the fundamental basics you should be conducting below.

  • Identify Fire Hazards – Sources of ignitions, fuel, and oxygen which may encourage. Consider separating flammable materials.
  • Identify People at Risk – Identify multiple exit points and ensure that there is disabled access and protection from fire for all members of staff.
  • Evaluate, Remove, Reduce, Protect from Risk – Evaluate the risks of a fire and the dangers posed to people within the warehouse. Consider your options in terms of both detection and warning systems.
  • Review – Fire assessments should always be under review and be revised where necessary.

Use Protection

No, that’s not what we meant!

We’re talking about warehouse protection; the safeguarding of your staff and your inventory. Without the correct treatment your warehouse can become a dangerous environment. Instead, you should ensure that it’s a relationship that ca withstand the test of time.

Show you warehouse some love this Valentine’s day with a selection of some of our favourite protection accessories:

Floor Markers – Zone out areas or mark safety zone’s with a variety of tape in six different colours. Then simply remove with no residue when you fancy a change.

Tubular Barriers – Offer up strong protection for your Pallet Racking end frames. These can also be used for creating separate store areas and limiting vehicle access.

Dexion Corner Guard – Does your heart skip a beat every time a forklift manoeuvres around a corner? Invest in these Corner Guards to protect your racking from collision damage in the warehouse.

More Warehouse Love, Help and Information this February 2017

With more than enough reasons to be looking after your warehouse, not just at Valentines but all year round, why not give us a call on 0117 955 5211 for inspections, repairs, and all of your protection accessories.     

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Warehouse Forklift Trucks with 2017 numbersIn no time at all you will have joined hands and mumbled the uncertain lyrics of Auld Lang Syne. And, just as thousands of people do every year, resolutions will be thrown about with the prospect of a new, healthier, fitter you.

But whatever you decide to take a vow on as the clock strikes twelve, there are some resolutions that should really be adhered to in 2017.

Take a look at our selection of New Year resolutions you can make and keep, and think about what you can do better in the Warehouse throughout the coming year:

Unachievable Expectations

Research has shown that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, according to Richard Wiseman from the University of Herefordshire, only 1 in 10 of us will achieve our goals. And surprisingly most will have given up all together by as early as 23rd January.

Usually seen in the form of lifestyle changes it’s no wonder that a change in behaviour and routine can be hard to do. In fact, amongst the Top 10 New Year Resolutions in 2015 were lose weight; get organised; spend less and save more; stay fit & healthy; and quit smoking.

But, the main reason people don’t stick to them is that they set too many or vow to do something that is unrealistic to achieve. Individuals may also become the victim of “False Hope Syndrome”. Yes, it’s a real thing – and it’s characterised by a person’s unrealistic expectations about the likely speed, amount, ease, and consequences of changing their behaviour.

Achievable Warehouse Resolutions

Whilst statistics suggest you might fail with your personal New Year’s resolutions, perhaps you could fare better in the workplace? Take a look at our top suggested resolutions which aren’t only easy to achieve but essential for improved warehouse management.

  1. 1.    Fulfil Automation Plans

Don’t just speak of automation as a future plan, implement it.

In such a competitive market, you should aim to do everything you can to give yourself an advantage over competitors. Start off small with a simple enhancement to an otherwise manual warehouse and see benefits and improvements in efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction.

  1. 2.    Improve Inventory Management

As one of your major assets, mismanaged inventories can cause significant financial problems including being presented with a shortage or overflow of stock.

Whilst adequate training should be provided as standard, the New Year is a great opportunity to refresh your employees knowledge and improve your training processes.

Tackle the warehouse floor and take charge of the inventory organisation; ensure that your staff know where everything is – why not introduce a procedure when a product is moved from one location to another? – and update any signage and labelling to ensure that it is legible.

  1. 3.    Conduct a Pallet Racking Health Check

Whilst durable and reliable, especially with the correct installation and proper maintenance, there are often many hidden dangers in the warehouse which can go unnoticed. Regular inspection is a legal requirement under UK law that requires an outside examination to be undertaken annually.

So, start off 2017 on the right foot with a thorough inspection of all of your racking systems and put a plan in place for regular safety checks. We really can’t stress the importance of regular inspection enough. 

Not only will you ensure the safety of staff and visitors within their working conditions but you can lower any future costs and avoid significant stock damage. If you’re not sure where to start, give the Bristol Storage team a call on 01179 555 211 who can carry out SEMA approvedinspections. 

  1. 4.    Improve General Health and Safety Procedures

With a quarter of all major injuries in the warehouse industry caused by slips and trips, why not kick start the New Year with a Health and Safety review?

Whilst there are a number of legally required conditions that you must abide by to ensure successful management including risk assessment, proper training, and regular inspections there are a host of processes you might want to adopt.

In fact, to help you get started why not have a ready of our Top Tips to Warehouse Safety blog?

  1. 5.    Vow to Go Green

If you don’t already have an environmental policy in place, review what you could do within the warehouse to ensure that you operate in an environmentally friendly way.

Simple recycling waste packaging can have a real positive impact on the way that you operate. We supply a selection of Workplace Recycling Sacks to accommodate all sizes and ideal in packaging areas.

Let Us Help

Whilst some of the above should be taken into account and implemented all year round, January is the perfect time to take a moment to review and improve upon current processes.

If you need a hand getting start with your resolutions whether inspections, new pallet racking, or smaller supplies such as recycling aids, give us a call on 01179 555 211 for more information and advice.

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Forklift driver and Warehouse worked dressed as Santa Welcome Christmas to Your Warehouse

We’ve tried as hard as possible to avoid the premature festivities which were seemingly everywhere from the start of September.

But with Christmas only a matter of weeks away it’s hard to avoid. And quite honestly we no longer want to.

Other than spending time with family and friends, gift giving, and eating our body weight in cheese, it’s great to have a break from work. But in the run up to the big day, do you make an effort at work or is it just business as usual?

Getting Into the Spirit

When everyone has worked hard all year round it could be particularly beneficial and help boost morale to let your staff have a bit of fun. It doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly, but just give them the ability to inject a bit of the old Christmas magic in to your warehouse.

Christmas Jumper

What better way to ease yourself in than with encouraging your staff to get involved with Christmas Jumper Day?

Taking place this year on Friday 16th December we say the uglier the better. Go into any high-street store and pick one off the rails or get creative and make your own. Whether you opt for a Santa stuck in a chimney, Rudolph with a light up nose, or a collection of tinsel and baubles it’s a great way to get everyone involved.

And just think about the fantastic team photo opportunity.

Secret Santa

What work celebration is complete without Secret Santa?

It might be a little difficult to buy for your workmates or even your boss but doing so is another great idea to get your team communicating with people they may not otherwise have. Ensure you agree on an amount to be spent prior to drawing your names and for goodness sake try and actually keep it a secret.

Remember, the first rule of Secret Santa; you don’t talk about Secret Santa.

We’d suggest you’d try and opt for a gift that is more amusing than sentimental. It’s a safer bet and will allow you a much bigger scope on choice. When it’s time for the exchange try and pretend to like your own gift and not blurt out “What is this awful thing? Do you actually expect me to put this in my house”; chances are your Secret Santa was a little stuck for ideas too. 

If you want to mix up the gift giving this year then why not take a more interesting spin on the classic and play what some like to call White Elephant Exchange? It works a little like this: Everyone brings a general gift to the exchange. The first recipient chooses a wrapped gift and opens it. The second recipient can then choose a different wrapped gift or opt to steal the unwrapped gift from the first person. The games continues like this until everyone has an unwrapped gift.

Festive Indulgence

We don’t really need an excuse to eat our body weight in Christmas treats. So this one was a no brainer for us.

Whether once a week for a Friday treat, the last day of work, or your Christmas party why not encourage your team to get baking and conjure up a selection of festive dishes? You might suffer in the long run by gaining a few extra pounds but the sugar rush may help that 3 o’clock slump. 

Deck the Halls…

…with boughs of Holly, Fa la la la la.

A real one would be nice, but get your hands on a Christmas tree for work and let your staff go wild. Avoid becoming a control freak in a bid to get the perfect looking tree and just allow everyone to get involved. A joint effort is better for morale and spirits than a perfectly decorated tree that was regimentally put together.

You could even stick some tinsel on your mezzanine rails or get creative with paper chains and snowflakes. Neither are expensive but both are really quite effective in emulating the spirit of Christmas.

However, whilst we encourage you to go a little over the top and create your own Winter Wonderland, don’t get carried away and forget about your Warehouse Health and Safety measures. Here are a few things you might want to think about:

  • Lifting – With musculoskeletal injuries accounting for approximately 40% of all sickness absence, injury costs to the NHS are a staggering £1 billion a year. Whilst you should be taking steps to reduce the risk of manual handling injury all year round, it’s important not to forget about the process when decorating the warehouse. The Christmas tree is probably a lot heavier than you realise.
  • Exits and Walkways – At all times, exit signs, load notices, and floor signals should be clearly visible to both employees and visitors. Avoid blocking such signs with any decorative pieces and eliminate potential safety hazards. Equally, bear in mind where you place your tree to avoid the obstruction of walkways.
  • Unsafe Climbing – It might be easier to grab a chair or stand on the table to hang some Christmas decorations but encourage you employees to avoid doing so. Why? For the simple reason that these objects are not stable enough to support their body weight correctly and safely. Get hold of a step ladder and make ensure that someone has a sturdy hold of it to prevent any falls. 

Get In Touch

At Bristol Storage we’re already looking forward to getting into the festive spirit. But if you need to us about pallet, racking, maintenance or repairs, we’ll be here right up until Christmas Eve. So make sure you give us a call on 01179 555 211 and have a chat with one of our experienced team members.

 

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Our Top Tips to Coping With Christmas in the Warehouse

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,Warehouse workers dressed as Santa

Everywhere you go,

Take a look at the pallet racking, all that stock looks cracking,

with candy canes and silver lanes that glow.

 

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,

Inventory in every store,

But the prettiest sight to see are the forklifts that will be,

on your own Warehouse floor.”

 

Okay, so our version isn’t as catchy as the original but it certainly rings some truths. Christmas can be a logistical nightmare in many warehouses across the country. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

The Busiest Time of Year

You don’t need us to tell you that statistically Christmas is the busiest time of year for businesses across the country.

As such, all areas of business need to be running as efficiently and effectively as possible to reduce costs, generate more sales, increase revenue, and of course help you keep your sanity. This month we’ve decided to focus on the best ways to make sure your warehouse is organised to ensure minimal stress, maximum profits, and increased safety for all of your employees.

Review Sales Data

To ensure proper and correct stock replacement you should undertake a review of sales data from previous years. This will give you the necessary insight into stock popularity and thus make the decisions to avoid stock shortage and as such increase efficiency.

Maximise All Available Space

Consider taking advantage of the vertical space around you in preparation for additional stock and inventory with improved Pallet Racking systems. In addition you might find that your space would benefit from being divided up and zoned into separate areas with the simple addition of steel partitions.

This is also a great chance for you to organise your warehouse; optimising its layout before peak season. Think about improving picking and enhance packing & distribution to ensure smooth sailing this December.

Evaluate Warehouse Equipment

What would be worse than your systems going down or warehouse equipment failing on potentially the busiest day of the year?

The law currently requires that all equipment such as fork lift trucks, conveyor belts, racking, and ladders for example are suitable for intended use. Maintained to a safe condition and inspected on a regular basis are further expectations of you as an employer.

Not only will such inspections ensure your warehouse remains efficient during your busiest period but will ensure on-going success for your Health and Safety efforts.

Asses Your Employee Needs

Companies across the globe take on additional staff during the Christmas period due to increased demand. To avoid any possible hold ups due to short staffing you’ll need to enlist the help of a recruitment agency in advance to ensure your temporary employees.

Ensure that all staff, whether full or part-time temps, are given the basic in Health and Safety training that is specific to the hazards associated with their work and the environment in which they reside.

Signage

One of the easiest and quickest ways of communicating with and reminding your employees is through the display of signs. In line with Health and Safety compliance they should be in place all year round anyway. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires by law that you have proper signage across your premises to protect employees, customers, and inventory.

However, we suggest that you revisit your warehouse and ensure that they are all in place, legible, and clearly visible amongst undoubtedly additional amounts of stock.

Whether you’re looking to warn people about potential dangers, encourage a clean and safe workplace, assert mandatory instructions, or indicate the location of emergency exits, we stock a range of Labelling and Identification signs ideal for your warehouse.

Software

In order to compete with larger companies you should already be utilising software and warehouse management systems to streamline your work.

Mismanaged inventories can cause significant financial problems so take advantage of the ability to track inventory, act on orders, and monitor the warehouse and your staff.

Need a bit more advice? Check out our Top Tips to Improve your Warehouse Inventory Management for more help.

Let Us Help

Whilst the above list is no means exhaustive, and you might have your own ideas brewing, it is a great place to start to ensure your warehouse continues to run smoothly throughout the Christmas period.

So whether you’re looking for pallet racking or shelving to improve inventory storage or are in need of an inspection or repair service before the Christmas rush, Bristol Storage can help. Just give us a call on 01179 555 211 for more information and advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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