Thursday, April 17, 2014

Steel Shelving Built to Last

Steel Shelving Built to Last

Two of the key components to any warehouse are its shelving and shelving storage systems. One of
the most common types of shelving found in almost any warehouse is steel shelving. Steel shelving comes in a wide variety of sizes, as well as designs, for all kinds of uses. At AK Material Handling Systems we have so many options to choose from you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

Important Questions to Answer

When you order shelving for your warehouse there are some important things to keep in mind. These are just a few of the most important things you will need to consider.
  • You have to determine what kind of merchandise you will be storing
  • You need to know how much weight capacity your shelves will need to have
  • You need to know what size shelving you need and how much space between each level will be necessary
Z Line Is Fine

We carry some of the best steel shelving available on the market, including the Tennsco Heavy Duty Z Line shelving and the Tennsco Low Profile Z Line shelving. These steel shelving units offer excellent performance without fail.

• Heavy Duty – the Heavy Duty Z Line offers the durable and long-lasting shelving space that you need. It is also very versatile and can be build to fit your personalized storage needs.

• Low Profile – our Low Profile Z Line steel shelving is great at helping you maximize you vertical space without impeding you from accessing the items being stored. We even offer two different colors for your convenience: blue and sand.

Installation is Easy Too

Like most of the products we offer at +AK Material Handling Systems  the Z Line shelving is also quick and easy to install. You won’t even need any clips; sway braces gussets or any other hardware, thanks to its interlocking keyhole design.

The Right Shelving Makes the Warehouse

Let’s face it, if you run a warehouse you have to have effective shelving in place in order to maximize your space and keep your productivity at a high rate. Without steel shelving, your warehouse would quickly become an unmanageable workspace. At +AK Material Handling Systems we understand shelving because it’s what we do. If you need durable, high quality shelving for your warehouse then just give AKMHS a call today at 800-722-5908. We have the right shelving for you and chances are, with our huge inventory of in-stock product, we probably have what you need already in our warehouse. So call us for a quote today.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Making Green on the Green (Part 2) by: Al Boston

 Making Green on the Green (Part 2) by: Al Boston

Hello and welcome to my second edition of "Making Green on the Green" by: +Al Boston.

Making Green on the Green was created to share with our readers how I relate running a business to playing the game of golf. In the first edition of this series I share the comparison of being succesful by have a plan.

"Whether playing golf or running a material handling distributor, your results will depend on how well you have spent your time studying "the game" and developing a detailed plan on how to proceed."

Once you have a plan it is time to start executing to get your planned results. If your playing world class golf you have to practice your plan. Without rehearsal it is only a plan.  With rehearsal it becomes a successful game of golf. Rehearsal is practice, whether you are feeling up to it or not. Once you are in competition it is not practice.  You perform or you lose, just like real life in whatever career you pursue. So the second part of success is execute your plan.

First drill is make four three foot puts in a row on the practice green. A 300 yard drive does you no good if you cannot close the deal with a three foot put.

Read the Part 1 of Making Green on the Green here

by: +Al Boston

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tips for Running a Safer Warehouse

Tips for Running a Safer Warehouse

Safety Sandy is all about helping you make your workplace safer. In this episode of "Sandy's Warehouse Blog Series" Sandy has some great idea tips to keep your warehouse running safe. There are so many different ways people can get hurt in a warehouse or similar work environment. Therefore, keeping your warehouse, and most importantly the people who work in it, safe is something everyone should be involved in.

Think Safety First

There are several areas that you need to pay close attention to if you want to keep your warehouse safe. These are some of the best ideas to help keep your employees safe from harm in these areas, which will help keep your warehouse running at full capacity and help you reach your maximum productivity.

  • Forklifts – it’s imperative to properly train and certify anyone who will be operating a forklift.
    You should never exceed 5 mph and all loads should be properly secured before moving them. Drivers should always wear a seatbelt and keep their hands inside the cage at all times of operation. It’s also vital to properly maintain forklifts to ensure they are operating correctly.
  • Docks – employees should always properly open and close all dock plates. Keep forklifts clear of dock edges. Employees should not jump from a dock; ladders or steps should be accessible.
  • Materials storage – stack and store all loads according to proper safety standards, including following weight and volume guidelines. Only remove one item at a time from a shelf and always keep aisles clear of materials.
  • Conveyors – make sure conveyors are running properly with regular inspection. Protect workers from all pinch points with the proper safeguards.
  • Hazardous materials – no one should handle hazardous material unless he or she has been properly trained how to do so. Employees should understand the risks of each kind of hazardous material and how to act in the event of a spill.
  • Manual lifting & handling – always get help if something is too heavy or too bulky to carry alone. Don’t be a hero.
  • Charging Stations – make sure charging stations are free of open flames or other combustibles, and ensure proper ventilation.

Contact  +AK Material Handling Systems

If you need help developing and implementing a safety plan at your warehouse then contact the experts at AK Material Handling Systems at 800-722-5908 or learn more at

Monday, April 7, 2014

LLS Big Climb for Cures - 95 Floors for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

AK was recently selected by the Minnesota Business Magazine to the 2014 Top 100 Businesses to Work For. This is a huge honor for AK, as this is our third consecutive year on the list and we take pride in the nomination.

We believe a major part to that success can be contributed to the team building done outside the workplace. Team building outside the work place allows our employees to grow relationships beyond the doors of AK.

This past weekend we took part in the “LLS Big Climb for Cures”. The Big Climb MLPS is a stair climb up the Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis with all proceeds benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our team took the challenge and raced up 95 Floors as part of our commitment to the cause. More importantly, Team GBC “Give Back Crew” contributed over $900 to the cause. We want to take this time to thank those who helped us reach our fundraising goals.

Thank you: 
Larry Hansen
Josh & Sarah Jungbauer

Christa Hirabayashi
Emma Kasanezky

Linda Anlauf
The Smith's
B & T Koski
Alicia Budnick
Damien Kasanezky
Riley Johnson
Samara Kasanezky
George & Cindy Kasanezky
Warren familiy
Mrs. Sewich

In summary, giving back is an excellent way to grow as individuals and grow closer as a team. When you make a positive difference outside the workplace it carries over into the workplace.

Team Captian Josh Smith says it best:
"Working together as a team is far more rewarding than doing it alone."

Follow us on Facebook and join us next time we make a difference outside the workplace!

By: +Jason Kasanezky 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Put Your Used Warehouse Shelving to Good Use

Put Your Used Warehouse Shelving to Good Use

Is your warehouse ready for some upgrades? Or maybe you are moving into a different location, which already has existing storage racks that don’t fit your needs. Whatever the case if you’re in the market for some new pallet rack storage systems then AK Material Handling Systems has what you need. The next question, however, is “what do I do with my old storage racks and wire decking?” AK has a solution for that, too. That’s because you can sell your used warehouse shelving to us.

Choose Used

You may already be aware that AK Material Handling Systems stocks a wide variety of pallet storage rack systems, as well as many other warehouse storage and shelving equipment items. However, AK is also a stocking distributor of used pallet rack wire decking and many used pallet rack storage systems. Used systems offer a great alternative to buying new because obviously they can be had for a much lower cost.

Buy and Sell and Trade-In Value

At AK we are always looking to purchase quality used storage rack systems. So if you’re looking to sell your used warehouse shelving then give us a call 800-722-5908 or CONTACT US. We don’t take just anything, but if you have quality used racking or wire decking we’re interested in taking a look. We have teams across the country that can tear down your existing structures no matter how big the project. We offer fair pricing and we do all the work. You also have the option of using your used storage racks as trade-in value for your new storage racks.

Looking for Used Parts?

If you’re in need of more storage racks, but your budget won’t allow you to buy new, then you should take a look at the used options AK has to offer. We make sure that our entire stock of used products is inspected and that it meets all structural and safety standards. We can also use our HD Cameras to give you a close-up and detailed view of any product you’re considering purchasing. This allows you to inspect the product in great detail before you buy. It’s just another feature that sets us apart from the competition.

We Have What You Need

If you are in the market for some quality used warehouse pallet storage rack systems, then +AK Material Handling Systems can help. Likewise, if you are ready to replace your old storage racks systems and want to sell your used warehouse shelving, AK can help you with that, too. Whichever the case, just give us a call at 800-722-5908 and we can find a solution.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pick Your Orders More Quickly With a Carton Flow Rack System

Pick Your Orders More Quickly With a Carton Flow Rack System

Anyone who works in a warehouse knows that one of the greatest keys to productivity is how effectively and efficiently workers can pick their needed merchandise. Slow pick times mean less productivity, which means less profitability. Therefore, in order to ensure the best productivity you need to have the best pallet rack systems in place for your pickers to be at their best; like carton flow rack systems, for example.

What Is a Carton Flow Rack?

Carton flow racks systems are about increasing the “pickability” of your inventory. In other words, the easier and quicker something is to pick, the greater it’s “pickability.” In warehouse operations pick times are extremely important and that’s why the carton flow rack systems are so valuable. Their purpose is to provide a high level of order picking that can also minimize the amount of operator activity. Cartons are loaded to one side of the rack system but picked from the other end, which means it will always utilize a first-in first-out flow system.

Typical Uses of Carton Flow Racking

These rack systems are driven by gravity and therefore work very well with conveyor-based picking. They also offer great visibility as well as order accuracy. There are many uses for carton flow racks but some of the most common places they are used are in manufacturing warehouses, coolers and freezers and for warehouses with finished goods. Some of the types of industries that typically find these systems useful are printing, distribution, medical and food and beverage, but they are useful for many other industries as well.

Benefits of Utilizing Flow Rack

Carton flow rack systems offers several benefits to warehouse pickers and their productivity, which include, but are not limited to the following:

• With a wide range of shapes and sizes these rack systems can handle just about any kind of merchandise.
• The convenient drop-in design is compatible with previously existing structures, which makes installation possible anywhere you like.
• Product is always easy to access in the front of the rack, which makes picking smoother and more efficient and means less reaching and bending to grab it.
• Travel time between picks can be greatly reduced because more merchandise can be placed in each bay.

We Can Help

At +AK Material Handling Systems, we have many carton flow rack systems to choose from and we can help you get the system that’s exactly right for what you need. With our pallet rack and storage experience our experts can help you create and design the right system then build it and put it to work. So contact us today at 800-722-5908 and we’ll get your carton flow rack system up and running for you.

Unex Carton Flow Rack System

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Optimize Space. Drive-In/Drive-Thru Pallet Rack is a High Density Storage Solution.

Optimize Space. Drive-In/Drive-Thru Pallet Rack is a High Density Storage Solution.

No two warehouses are alike. Every warehouse as different needs and that means the way a business stores its inventory can vary greatly from warehouse to warehouse. Some industries need to employ the first-in first-out flow system, while others utilize the first-in last-out (FILO) system. Ridg-U-Rack Drive-In Storage Rack systems might be perfect for you.
If you use the FILO system then that means you probably have a need for drive in high-density pallet storage. If that’s the case, then the

Increase Your Storage Space

These drive in high-density pallet storage systems are great for warehouses that carry large quantitates but fewer products. They are also good for items that are typically not time sensitive. They are also great for maximizing your storage space because they can be used to store inventory anywhere between two to ten pallets deep. By using drive in high-density pallet storage systems access aisles are also reduced, which means you can essentially double your storage capacity.

Convenient and Spacious Design

One of the greatest attributes of drive in pallet storage is the convenient design. These systems are created to make loading and unloading in tight spaces safe and effective. They allow forklifts to conveniently enter the rack structure to easily place or retrieve inventory; and because less aisles are needed they increase your warehouse’s storage capacity by as much as 75 percent.

Drive In Racks Built to Withstand the Toughest Conditions

If you have high density storage needs then the drive in pallet storage system is right for you. No other pallet rack system has greater high-density storage capability. Another important thing to keep in mind is that drive-in racks usually suffer more wear and tear. With that in mind these high-density pallet storage systems are built to last.

The Advantages of Drive In Racks

  • LIFO/FIFO (last in, first out/first in, first out) product rotation
  • Cuts Costs by reducing space 
  • Deep Lanes offer Maximum Storage Depth
  • High volume, low SKU
  • Eliminates the need for multiple aisles
  • Provides control over entry and exit
  • Favors density as opposed to the selectivity of Selective Pallet Rack
  • Designed specifically to suit your pallets and forklifts

Which Option Drive In Rack System  Is Right for You?

The drive-in pallet storage systems from Ridg-U-Rak come in several sizes and options, including the Space Saver Rail and the Ridg-U-Rail 2000. The Space Saver rail is perfect when you’re looking to save vertical space and height is very important. The 2000 system offers many sizes and options, all of which are extremely durable and versatile to fit your specific needs.

Contact +AK Material Handling Systems  for Drive In Rack Systems

If you are looking for a solution for your drive in high-density pallet storage needs, then look no further than AK Material Handling. We have the system you need for your warehouse. Although we are located in Minnesota we can ship anywhere in the U.S. and we’ll also travel to your location to help you design the system that’s right for you and your business. So contact us today at 800-722-5908 and we’ll help you get started.