Streamline Your Warehouse

lightspeed pick to lightHow Pick-to-Light Works

Going paperless in the workplace obviously benefits the environment, but businesses are discovering that alternatives to paper pick-lists save valuable time and money, as well.

The Pick-to-Light system streamlines warehouse operations while minimizing errors and improving the accuracy of sales monitoring and inventory reporting. It also significantly reduces the training required for warehouse employees.

Pick-to-Light processes utilize light-up displays on product bins and shelves, aligning with the product type and quantity required for a picker to fulfill an order or re-stock merchandise. When the picker removes the correct amount of the specified product from the batch, the light is extinguished. Then the picker moves on to the next product on the order, indicated by a light-up display.

The system also minimizes the incidence of user error, since the only products required to fill the order are those whose type and quantity are indicated by the illuminated displays.

Why Pick-to-Light Works

Supervisors report the Pick-to-Light system offers a better use of their employees’ time. Orders are  filled quickly and successfully, even when the warehouse staff includes temporary workers, or involves a diverse team that may experience language barriers in a paper system.

Pick-to-Light technology is easy to install, and because of its intuitive nature, training is minimal. As a result, warehouses experience little to no interruption in their output.

The multifunctionality of Pick-to-Light technology streamlines all areas of product ordering, fulfillment, and inventory management, as businesses are able to quickly identify which products are in the highest demand, and adjust inventory amounts for those products which are best sellers, minimizing wait time and maximizing client satisfaction.

We Can Help You

Mathand’s expertise in these systems was highlighted recently. Our Vice President of Sales, Damon Costner, visited warehouses around the country that are utilizing the Pick-to-Light product. Using a matrix designed specifically for this task, Damon graded each facility on efficiency and the best use of the product, in order to share what we’ve learned.

If you would like to take advantage of our experience with Pick-to-Light systems, please contact us. We will be happy to assess your current situation and help you determine how you can implement the Pick-to-Light system for more efficient warehouse management.

Are You Prepared for Steel Surcharges?

What Is Happening in the Steel Industry?

The United States imports most of the steel used in manufacturing, including construction materials used in buildings and bridges, appliances, automobiles and mechanical equipment, and of course the steel Guard Rails and other Safety products required by the Material Handling industry.

Although domestic steel production ranks fourth (behind China, the European Union, and Japan), the United States is at the top of the list for steel imports in the world, with the majority coming from Canada, South Korea, Mexico, and Brazil, with Chinese steel making up only about 2% of American steel imports.

Historically, the price of steel fluctuates, based on the cost of raw materials, transport, and manufacturing, among other factors, resulting in surcharges rising (or falling), depending on trends in the industry.

Tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, which were announced on March 1, 2018, and the resulting trade actions by affected countries, are leading to increased surcharges on steel products this year. The effects trickledown through every level of the steel supply chain, from manufacturers to distributors, and finally to the customers who purchase steel products.

How Does It Affect You?

Steel surcharges are having an effect on the Material Handling industry, which relies heavily on steel Pallet Rack, Guard Rails, Fencing, and other accessories to maximize storage and ensure safety at every level of their operations. Roll Form steel is being impacted more than structural steel, but all steel pricing has increased. At the same time, supply has been reduced despite pricing stabilizing at higher than normal rates in the last month or two.

Because long lead times are required for order fulfillment in the Material Handling industry, new steel surcharges are affecting customer pricing, now and in the foreseeable future. Inevitably, demand for reduced amounts of steel will continue to drive price increases. Please keep both the fluctuating price and the lower supply in mind when you receive a proposal that includes pricing deadlines.

At Mathand, we strive to be not just your vendor but your partner in excellence, providing outstanding service to our customers all the way through the ordering process, from customer service to delivery, fulfillment, and beyond. We look forward to helping you navigate the best options for your Material Handling product needs.

Improve Service to Your Customers – Fast

 

Delivery in Days – Not Weeks – Means Better Service To Your Customers

 

When your business grows and your warehousing systems are already full of stock, it makes sense to add shelving and safety systems to meet increased demand.

While you wait the several weeks between your order and its delivery and installation, you still must organize and store your merchandise, increasing the risk of  misplaced or broken merchandise, and potentially hazardous situations for your warehouse employees and equipment.

What if you could receive standard-sized shelving, racks, and safety systems in days, instead of weeks?  That would certainly streamline your operations.

We asked those questions, too, and found a way to enable customers to choose items from among a standard list on an easy-to-use website, choose the warehouse from which products ship in order to minimize freight costs, and receive confirmation and freight information within hours of placing your order. Once you approve the charges, your product is on its way to your door in just 3 to 5 days!

 Order Review

Experienced customer fulfillment professionals review every order to ensure you have the parts you need, and the correct sizes and protector products. If it looks as if you have too many – or too few – of the items traditionally purchased together, they’ll call to review your order with you, minimizing your risk of paying to return items ordered in error. They also review availability and freight costs, providing you with an accurate and detailed invoice, which you approve before your order ships.

 Multiple Warehouse Options

When shipping steel, freight is often the most costly part of your order, particularly if your products are shipped over long distances. With multiple warehouse options, you are able to choose the closest warehouse that can fulfill your order, minimizing your freight costs.

 Innovation

While the products we provide tend to remain the same over time, Mathand is committed to finding and developing innovative ways in which our customers order their warehouse, manufacturing, and distribution solutions. Our Quick Ship E-commerce option is simple and efficient, saving you time and money.

 Visit www.mathandquickship.net to shop, order, and receive your new warehouse components quickly and economically. That’s just good business!

6 Ways to Add Safety to Your Warehouse

Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

Investing in the right products that protect both employees and infrastructure enables warehouse, manufacturing, and distribution businesses to experience higher productivity and profitability, by minimizing the risk of workplace injuries and repair or replacement of costly equipment.

Protect People

Guard Rail, painted in Safety Yellow, is a highly visible physical barrier that clearly defines traffic patterns in areas where vehicles and people work in tandem. Available in one-, two-, and three-rail systems, heavy duty warehouse guard rail can absorb more than 13,000 lbs. of impact force from forklifts and warehouse vehicles, up to 4 mph, without failure.

Safety Netting is an OSHA-compliant solution to falling objects, leading to costly injuries and product damage.  Netting is low-maintenance and resilient, stretching to absorb shocks and loads, then returning to its original shape. Custom safety netting systems are designed to withstand the elements and tough working conditions.

Collision Awareness safeguards pedestrians and forklifts with a passive infrared motion sensor that alerts forklift drivers and pedestrians to approaching traffic. Use Collision Awareness anywhere you mind have a blind corner including docks, rows, and overhead, Collision Awareness detects motion in a variety of ways for maximum workplace and warehouse safety.

Protect Equipment

Building Column Protectors are lightweight, highly visible barriers that are easily installed around warehouse columns to provide impact protection against forklift traffic. Choose from 2 types of installations – floor anchored or wrapped and fastened with Velcro – to find the most appropriate solution. 

Row End Protectors provide superior protection against impact from forklift and equipment traffic, preserving the integrity of rack systems and protecting stored inventory. Row End Protectors add another layer of damage absorption to pallet rack. 

Rack Upright Protectors are secured to uprights, protecting base plates, and rack frames from impact.  Upright Protectors are available in many different styles, depending on the rack size and type, including Contoured Upright Protectors, which offer improve the rack clearance available to forklift drivers.

In addition to helping you utilize your warehouse space more efficiently, Mathand’s experienced design team considers your safety and investment with every solution we provide. Take this opportunity to investigate the safety of the people and equipment in your warehouse and improve it where possible.

 

Mathand Honors Veteran Matt Davis

Memorial Day is a time to remember the military service and sacrifice of all the men and women who have served this nation in our armed forces. We are extremely proud of the fact that one of our employees, Product Expert Matt Davis, served in the Marines for four years.

Matt served in the Marines from 1999 until 2003, including a six-month deployment to Iraq in 2003. His rank, upon discharge, was E-5 Sergeant.

As Elmer Davis once said,”This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” On this Memorial Day, and every day, we here at Mathand are thankful to Matt and his fellow veterans for their courageous and selfless service to our country.

Storage Racks for Warehouse Order Picking

Storage racks are a great way to organize a warehouse using the smallest amount of space. These systems are designed to hold up to 3,000 pounds per pallet and vertical storage is a space saver. Storage racks come in different styles to meet your warehouse needs. These storage rack systems create an easy environment for order picking. Order picking is time consuming and costly. With the right storage rack system solution, the job could be quicker and cheaper. Depending on the merchandise a Selective, Double Deep Reach, Drive in, Push-Back, or Roll Back Rack could be used. A good material handling systems company would design, supply, and install the storage rack system for your warehouse.

When choosing the right storage rack system for your order picking warehouse, three things need to be discussed: production, picking time, and exactness. All three of these are needed to make a pick operation run smoothly. Storage racks allow your employees to be more productive while cutting down on picking time. Better organization with your newly designed and installed storage rack creates an improved environment for ease, quickness, and correct orders. This carefully engineered storage rack system cuts down on warehouse costs and creates more time to pick additional orders.

If you have questions about material handling systems or how a storage rack may improve your warehouse efficiency, contact Mathand today.

Mathand Gives Back To Community

At Mathand, we understand that there is much more beyond our office doors. Part of our mission is to give back to our community where we conduct business. Through community outreach and charitable giving, we strive to create a better future and help those in need. For several years, our company has partnered with the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in nearby Waleska, Georgia. This non-profit group home ministers to young men in the foster care system of Georgia. This charity helps at risk youth find stable homes while providing care, resources and educational assistance in a structured environment. For the past three holidays, Mathand has made it a tradition to show our support as part of the Christmas Giving donation program by purchasing new clothing for each and every child living in the group home. To learn more about the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch ministry or how you can help build a better future for at risk boys, please visit www.goshenvalley.org.

Pallet Rack Systems Engineered Just for You

Over the next several months, we’ll be writing about topics in the Material Handling Industry.  You’ll want to bookmark this page or subscribe to our feed to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the industry.  It’s crucial that a design team have years of industry experience to engineer innovative pallet racks and storage rack systems.  Also, you’ll want someone who can provide custom configuration options making the best use of your warehouse space.  Next, it’s important that you have experienced installation crews that work safely to provide timely, and professional installation of storage racks and pallet rack systems.

As with any industry, ensuring that the company your dealing with has licensed professionals is of utmost importance.  You’ll want to make certain that the crews working on the installation of your pallet rack systems are licensed, insured, and equipped with the proper tools and equipment.  The easiest way to find out if an organization meets your requirements is to ask.  Simply give them a call and find out if the organization has all of the credentials needed to complete a project.  Be wary of any organization that cannot provide documentation on licensing and insurance.  Working with professionals at Mathand Inc will ensure a smooth project for your storage rack and pallet rack systems.