Building a Safety Culture in Your Warehouse

Based on recent results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Standards, fatal injuries have declined by nearly 25 percent over the past 10 years. Out of 4821 total fatal work injuries in 2014, 94 can be attributed to falls, slips and trips, which took place in warehouses […]

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Integrating Ergonomics with Lean Processes

While ergonomics- with a focus on reducing injuries in the warehouse- and Lean- with its goal of reducing waste- originated in the manufacturing world, both strategies don’t really have anything to do with each other. Or do they? These principles have different goals, but they can complement each other in making the workplace a more […]

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Predictions for Material Handling

E-commerce sales are expected to grow to more than $400 billion in the next several years, per Internet Retailer magazine. MAPI predicts manufacturing production will increase 2.4% in 2017. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) shows that in their most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.17T to the US economy in 2015. NAM also says that […]

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Finding Warehouse Talent

Many surveys in our industry ask this same or a similar question: What do you see as your biggest challenge in 2017? The answers are equally as similar: driver shortage, lack of warehouse talent, and a dire need for supply chain talent in general. Basically, everyone in our industry seems to be experiencing a labor […]

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Holidays & Retail Storage: How to Prevent Out-of-Stocks

The 2016 holiday season started out strong for retail with Total Retail reporting US online shopping data for Black Friday and Thanksgiving reaching $5.27 billion. That’s a 17.7 percent increase year-over-year and a new record for the two days. Says Total Retail, “Shoppers hit the buy button at unprecedented levels this past weekend during Black […]

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Christmas with Uncle UNEX

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Ramadan Kareem! Joyous Kwanzaa! Regardless of how you celebrate, this holiday season is a time to do the things you love with the people you love. On behalf of the UNEX Manufacturing family, I would like to extend to you our thanks and best wishes this holiday season. We wouldn’t be […]

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How U-Shaped Cells Can Improve Assembly Efficiencies

Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing with his invention of the assembly line. Prior to 1913, Ford and virtually every other automaker assembled whole cars at a station with a team of workers working together to complete a single example, usually from start to finish. Ford had been trying to increase his factories’ productivity for building the […]

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Addressing the Manufacturing Labor Shortage

Per IndustryWeek magazine, “the United States still has the largest manufacturing sector in the world, and its market share (around 20%) has held steady for 30 years. In fact, recent research shows that every dollar of final sales of manufactured products contributes $1.33 to the overall economy—the single largest multiplier of any industry.” While the […]

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Measuring Success in the Distribution Center

One of the disadvantages of the era of big data and the Industrial Internet of Things is the simple fact that the scope and depth of data available to owners and operators can be overwhelming. With so much data at their fingertips, distribution center operators need to be able to identify and act upon key […]

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The Importance of 5S

Many manufacturing facilities have opted to follow the path towards a “5S” workplace organizational methodology as part of a continuous improvement program or lean manufacturing process. The 5S system is part of Toyota’s Lean Manufacturing methodology designed to reduce waste within your facility. 5S is typically the first step towards eliminating waste from manufacturing processes […]

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