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How to Improve Quality and Save Money in Manufacturing

on May 17, 2017
Mistakes, defects, and damage to product: these are a part of every manufacturing operation. Unfortunately, these things can be a very costly part of an operation. Poor quality is an expense that can be remedied. Consider these four impactful ways to deliver improvement. Define quality as your customer perceives it....

Four No-Cost Tips for Improving Warehouse Productivity

on May 7, 2017
When you research how to increase productivity, you’re not short on options, particularly technological solutions. Software and automation are so advanced today that compared to twenty years ago, present-day warehouses almost look futuristic. These solutions are very effective. However, you might not be in a position to go through such...

Recover Wood Costs by Extending Life of Pallets

on May 6, 2017
In the wake of the recent countervailing duty (CVD) Trump has implemented on Canadian lumber, manufacturers are looking to offset the resulting price hike. There are many measures companies can take to cut costs, and some of them are related to lumber itself. There is one specific lumber cost that...

Internal Considerations to Lower Warehouse Operating Costs

on May 2, 2017
Consumer demand has been hot and steady, and it’s looking to stay that way. You’ve had to make adjustments to your warehouse to accommodate this demand. As the pressure continues, you may find it extremely difficult to reduce your operating costs. After all, with a robust ecommerce comes an increase...

Countervailing Duty Announced on Lumber Creates Conflict

on April 30, 2017
As expected, President Trump has announced a countervailing duty (CVD) on Canadian lumber companies, which directly affects the price of lumber materials in the US. While Canadians and some Americans are displeased with the tariff, the good news is that it isn’t quite as high as expected. Last week, lumber...

The Volatile Price of Lumber and how You Should Respond

on April 20, 2017
Earlier this month, West Fraser was the first lumber company to announce a widely feared and anticipated price hike on wood. Despite months of speculation that Canadian lumber mills would increase prices to offset a potential countervailing duty (CVD), this is creating panic and confusion. Here is some information to...

Manufacturers Spending the Most on Flexibility and Efficiency in 2017

on March 30, 2017
Modern Materials Handling (MMH) recently discussed the results of Peerless Research Group’s 2017 Warehouse/DC Equipment Survey. This survey polls industry professionals on the topics and issues that they spend their resources on, be it money, time, or intellect. This year’s results reflect the changes that manufactures have been forced to...

How Custom Packaging Saves Money at Tradeshows

on March 21, 2017
We’ve outlined how custom packaging can save you money by protecting your valuable products during shipment to a tradeshow, but the opportunities for cost-efficiency go beyond product damage.  This is especially true for larger tradeshows that run events for more days than the actual show takes place. Let’s look at...

Manufacturing and Warehouse Hidden Costs: Factoring Injury into ROI

on March 16, 2017
If you’ve been weighing your options to create a more efficient operation, you’ve likely run across numerous solutions. Most likely they involve facets of Lean strategies and automation or other equipment. A lot of these choices will cost you money, which can cause managers to pump the brakes. You want...

Should Rising Cost of Lumber Change your Pallets?

on March 8, 2017
As we described in this article, uncertainty in the world of lumber is driving prices up. Consequently, companies that use a lot of wood products are considering alternatives. One of the most commonly used wood products is the pallet. There are many materials used to make pallets, but the two...