Fashion-forward, forward-thinking: Marios Seattle goes mobile with SmartSpace shelving

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Fashion institutions like Marios are not built overnight. They take generations of love and challenges to nurture into existence.

What started in the 1960s as a family-owned and -operated clothing store in Portland, Oregon, has become an internationally recognized purveyor of luxury clothing and accessories for men and women with multiple locations on the East and West Coasts. True story: Marios was the business that introduced American audiences to wildly popular Italian brands Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna and Diesel Jeans back in the mid-70s!

As the Marios legacy passed from parent to child, the company's accomplishments only multiplied. Maybe having an eye for style is hereditary?

Marios recently partnered with Mitchell Stores, another incredibly successful family-run clothing retailer with a common belief: Treat customers like co-workers – and by that, we mean family.

Snagged on a storage dilemma

Designer suits and jewelry are Marios' forte, but storage has been something of a loose thread, particularly at its Seattle, Washington, branch.

Retail space in Seattle isn't cheap – at $224 per square foot, Marios needed a plan for condensing its storage footprint without compromising on its commitment to quality. Its owners wouldn't settle for some passing storage fad. They wanted something elegant, timeless and as fashionable as it is functional.

Time for SF Space Solutions, an Authorized Montel Distributor, to strut its stuff.

Shelving experts from SF Space Solutions built Marios a totally modern, totally chic SmartSpace 2MA® mechanical-assist mobile storage system, which includes highly adjustable shelving and our latest SafeCrank™ ergonomic handles with push-button locks.

Once its mobile shelving system was fully installed, Marios staff received three immediate benefits:

1. SmartSpace saves money

Without wasting valuable storage space on unnecessary aisles, Marios reclaimed about 50 percent of all square footage once solely devoted to inventory.

Owners can now decide whether to add more shelving for greater product volume or a wider selection, or they can use the space they saved for other purposes, such as expanding the selling floor. Either way, Marios has more options they didn't have yesterday thanks to the maximizing power of mobile shelving.

Fully adjustable shelvings only add to the space-saving benefits. Marios staff can customize their shelves to the exact heights they need and never waste a single cubic foot of space because of inflexible storage equipment.

2. SmartSpace protects merchandise

Luxury fashion doesn't stay that way forever, not unless it's cared for properly. Before Marios customers fall in love with the store's collection on the sales floor, Marios staff do their best to keep their clothing and accessories in perfect condition in storage. But inventory management with traditional storage hardware requires a lot of attention and organization, which might detract from other crucial operations.

With collapsible mobile shelving, preserving high fashion just got a whole lot easier. SmartSpace mechanical-assist shelving systems prevent unnecessary or accidental contact with inventory, thereby reducing the risks of damage and loss.

3. SmartSpace empowers customer service

Clunky, hard-to-manage storage equipment can't stand in the way of customer service. We know mobile shelving systems beat traditional shelves in a number of ways, but is it as simple to use as an ordinary shelf?

Marios knows it does. No matter how much fabulousness the retailer piles onto a mobile shelving unit, SmartSpace users need only a pound of pressure to activate a SafeCrank handle and create an aisle. Once opened, the system locks with a push of a button for added safety.

We'd like to thank SF Space Solutions for yet another excellent installation. Your hard work really shows!

Looking to bring mobile shelving to your retail clothing store? Contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor today.

Efficiency hits a high note at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul

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For more than 115 years, students have flocked to the verdant campus of the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota, to study the arts in a setting focused on a faith and fellowship.

Unfortunately, storage resources at the university were centuries behind the times. Kirk Moss, music professor and chair of the Department of Music and Theatre, and Tim Sawyer, director of choral activities, have curated the school's library of ensemble sheet music for years. It wasn't until recently that they enjoyed managing the collection as much as they enjoy teaching music.

Before Northwestern installed its very own custom mobile shelving system, Kirk and Tim were forced to relegate their collection to the basement beneath Northwestern's performing arts center – an inaccessible, unventilated tomb fit for the Phantom of the Opera but certainly not students and faculty.

Once space opened up in the library, the two jumped at the opportunity to bring their choral and instrumental arrangements to the surface and organize it all in a way that made sense to them and their curriculum. The move, however, would require a reimagining of how to store these sensitive materials.

What did Montel build for Northwestern?

After consulting with its local Authorized Montel Distributor, Northwestern decided on a Mobilex® mechanical-assist mobile shelving system, complete with SmartShelf® hardware and SafeCrank™ handles located on the end panels of each storage unit.

Here's how their decision made waves for arts education on campus:

Maximum space, minimal footprint

Without a sensible plan for optimizing space, the school could not in good conscience move its ensemble music collection to the library and risk disrupting everyday operations for such an important academic facility.

Luckily, Montel assessed how much space the library had available and deemed it more than enough for an efficiently designed mobile shelving system. Its collapsible design cut storage requirements in half and allowed Kirk and Tim to share the space and not overuse it.

Total accessibility

With the collection safely above ground, students and faculty wouldn't have to jump through hoops to access its contents, let alone manage or peruse them.

For Kirk and Tim especially, the move meant they could spend more time thinking about arrangements for the next concert and considering their options instead of worrying about the logistics of just getting into where they were kept.

Mobilex mobile shelving is perfect for storing musical instruments, too.SmartShelves are perfect for storing musical instruments, too.

Intelligent, efficient organization

A ballad may not be printed on the same size paper as a concerto, nor will it have the same number of pages. These height and width variations make storing large, eclectic collections of sheet music difficult and inefficient.

Thanks to SmartShelf technology in its mobile shelving installation, Northwestern can organize its collection according to size, then tailor each shelf to the exact dimensions of its contents. Better still, users can implement changes as soon as storage needs arise. SmartShelf adjustments don't require special tools or professional assistance. All it takes is a pair of hands and a few spare minutes.

Ease of access

Is mobile shelving strong enough to hold centuries worth of sheet music? More importantly, will users be able to open units stocked with hundreds of pounds of paper?

Mobilex mobile shelving systems are engineered precisely for handling the heaviest weights with the lightest effort. Users need only apply about a pound of force to move fully loaded shelves. The secret is Montel's SafeCrank handles, which separate shelving units with a quick turn of their ergonomic knobs.

The University of Northwestern chose our original SafeCrank with its switch-lock design. Since then, we've updated our popular mechanical-assist mobile shelving handles by changing the switch to a push-button mechanism. See the latest SafeCrank model here.

Mobile shelving will make any storage space sing! See for yourself how many applications and environments Mobilex mechanical-assist mobile shelving serves.

Minnesota Twins cover all the bases with their Mobilex mobile shelving system

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The Minnesota Twins memorabilia archive goes all the way back to 1961 when the franchise moved from Washington, D.C., and changed its name from the Washington Senators. Six American League pennants and two World Series wins later, the team has collected over 8,000 items – bats, bases, jerseys, gloves and more – from legends of the clubhouse such as Kirby Puckett and Rod Carew.

But space was scarce at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the Twins' former stadium until their inaugural game at Target Field in spring 2010. Curator Clyde Doepner remembers struggling to find a single place to safely store and organize a growing body of memorabilia. Standard shelves and cabinets did not suffice, nor did these storage spaces give him peace of mind about security.

Thankfully, the Twins recently bumped their sports storage solutions into the big leagues. Listen to what Doepner had to say about his team's Mobilex® mechanical assist mobile shelving system by watching the video below or read on for more information:

Centralized high-density storage

Mobilex mobile shelving uses space efficiently. No cubic foot is wasted because of clunky hardware or bad design.

Our systems reduce storage footprints by up to 50 percent, allowing for maximum capacity in small areas and enabling users to pack items away exactly how they want to.

Adjustable SmartShelves

Our mobile shelving systems utilize boltless SmartShelf technology, a revolutionary method for customizing storage according to the shape and size of your inventory.

SmartShelves adjust easily, no tools or maintenance expert required. Simply remove the locking plate, lift the shelf, slide it out horizontally, adjust the four hooks to the ideal height and replace the shelf. It's that easy.

Effortless access with SafeCrank™

No matter how heavily users stock the system, opening and closing a mobile shelving installation is never difficult thanks to the SafeCrank handles on every unit. SafeCranks require only about a pound of pressure to move an entire shelf.

"With literally a finger," said Doepner, "you can spin it and turn it. It slides very easily."

Montel offers several different locking options for mobile shelving systems. The Twins chose manual locking mechanisms located on each SafeCrank, which hold the units open. The team also requested a mechanical key lock to secure the entire module when it's not in use.

Always room to grow

History marches on. So long as the Twins keep making baseball history, curators like Doepner will continue to need flexible smart storage options. And because the Twins' mobile shelving installation optimizes storage in its immediate space, there's always the potential to add more shelving when needs arise.

Contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor to learn about bringing a Mobilex mobile shelving system to your business.

Mobile shelving for off-site storage: What are your options?

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Storage is a universal need, as important to industrial manufacturers as it is to small-business retailers with limited inventory space or libraries with more books than staff members know what to do with.

But there comes a time when businesses and organizations must ask: What do I do if on-site storage isn't enough?

Before you consider moving materials off-site to storage containers or investing in a whole new facility, we challenge you to ask yourself a different question: Why isn't your on-site storage enough?

Off-site storage ought to be strategic, not reactive

No one spends incredible capital on off-site storage without good reason to. But jumping right to off-site storage as a solution to on-site storage issues fails to address the real problem: inefficient, inflexible shelving options.

Let's use libraries and library storage as examples. One library, compelled by an evolving media environment, now has a greater need for computer labs and communal spaces than ever before. So after conducting resource analysis and developing a responsive archival/retrieval system, this library decides to move a large portion of its collection off premises, giving patrons new resources without depriving them of valuable information. In this way, off-site storage makes sense, right?

Well, that depends: Did decision-makers at that library first weigh the benefits of a high-density storage system for on-site operations?

Mobile shelving can reduce storage footprints by 50 percent, thus maximizing the space adopters already own and pay for. It's entirely possible, even probable, that the one-time installation of a mobile shelving system would not cost nearly as much as constructing, maintaining and powering an entirely new off-site storage facility.

High-density HI-BAY MOBILE shelving from MontelHigh-density HI-BAY MOBILE shelving from Montel

Challenges of off-site storage logistics

If storage users can help it, they're far better off investing in smarter shelving solutions that keep their resources close by rather than at remote warehouses.

Off-site storage requires advanced cataloging and logistics networks designed to transport resources between facilities and central hubs. More importantly, these processes have to run like clockwork. Otherwise, retrieval or restocking problems will outweigh the value of freeing up space at the main headquarters.

If, for example, retail managers with off-site storage cannot check on off-site inventories or quickly truck in goods that are out of stock, they will miss opportunities to capitalize on hot trends and turn a profit. Without these frameworks in place, it's better to optimize on-site storage with custom mobile shelving than to risk hurting your business or organization in the name of helping it. More efficient on-site storage keeps everything under one roof and limits the amount of change necessary to adapt.

Are storage containers worth it?

Of course, there are other options available for off-site storage. The question is whether they're as beneficial as storage users need them to be.

One popular option – though we certainly don't know why – is the storage container. One pricing study found that storage container rentals could cost anywhere between $50 and $500 per month or more, not including delivery and pickup costs, which vary according to the renter's proximity to the rental company. Modifications, such as insulation or refrigeration, will drive up prices, and the best deals force renters into multiyear contracts. And for what? A big empty metal box that could run you hundreds of dollars every time you want to pull materials, merchandise or equipment from it?

Instead of throwing that money down a hole, organizations should put it toward custom on-site high-density mobile shelving they can use to store what they want as they want and access it whenever they want at no additional cost.

Support better off-site storage with high-capacity mobile shelving

Sometimes off-site storage is an unquestionable necessity. In those cases, storage users must be careful not to repeat history by investing in static, prefabricated L&T shelving and go mobile instead. Here's why:

  • Mobile shelving scales sensibly: High-density mobile storage allows users to grow without wasting space, taking advantage of every cubic foot and upholding good organization.
  • Mobile shelving changes with you: Mobile shelving systems from Montel require no tools or technicians to adjust. When inventory needs evolve, so can storage with minimal effort.
  • Mobile shelving offers diversity: Installations can be customized to include cabinets, lockers, bins, dividers and virtually anything else users could need. Ask your local Authorized Montel Distributor about how you can build a mobile shelving system all your own.
  • Mobile shelving makes room for success: No off-site storage facility is 100 percent storage. By optimizing the off-site storage footprint at all times, mobile shelving users save space for other necessities like offices and meeting areas.

For more information on whether you need manual, mechanical-assist or powered mobile shelving for your off-site storage facility or high-density industrial mobile racking for your warehouse, check out insights on the Montel blog or contact us today.

5 school shelving ideas that have absolutely nothing to do with library storage

Here are four examples of areas at your school that could use better shelving - and no, none of them is a library.
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Here on the Montel blog, we've talked a lot about library shelving systems. And why not? As digitization and multimedia resources change how people seek out information, libraries must adapt. They are, after all, the stewards of that information. In our minds, mobile library shelving helps librarians rise to the occasion.

But what if your library is more than just a library? What if your library is part of a school or university? If that's the case, extra space in your stacks may be but one of your many storage concerns.

Here are five examples of areas at your school that could use better shelving – and no, none of them is a library.

Stock your cafeteria with all the best foods and supplies.Stock your cafeteria with all the best foods and supplies.

1. Cafeteria

It's always better for the budget to buy food in bulk, right? Well, not if you lack the space to properly store your plus-sized groceries. Mobile storage systems in your dining hall can save your school money by allowing staff to take advantage of low-cost wholesale ingredients and keep perishable goods in a clean, controlled environment. Organization never tasted so good.

2. Arts programs

Let's face it: These days, there's little room left for arts education. No, we're not talking about space measured in square footage but rather dollars available in school budgets. Any proposed investments to arts programs, therefore, must demonstrate a great deal of value to the school board before they are approved. Does a custom mobile shelving installation make the cut? Consider the versatility of these shelving modules:

Music department
Ever tried to fit a sousaphone on prefabricated static shelving? Not many have. But thanks to our manual, mechanical-assist and powered mobile shelving units, you won't have to either. They're built with easily adjustable shelves that don't require tools or professional assistance.

Properly store expensive musical instruments.Properly store expensive musical instruments.

Theatre department
Who knows what next year's spring musical will be? Better play it safe by storing all your costumes on clothing racks and in bins available for any of our mobile storage solutions. Check out this custom mobile storage installation we made for Laval University and its theatre department. It even included shelving for the school's audiovisual equipment.

Save costumes season after season.Save costumes season after season.

Fine arts department
Student artwork deserves the same level of preservation used in museum storage. Collapsible, accordion-style mobile shelving installations can protect their masterpieces from damage – and perhaps a campus cat burglar or two.

Hang student paintings on double-sided mobile art racks.Hang student paintings on double-sided mobile art racks.

Best of all, a single custom mobile shelving installation can serve all three departments. Reach out to your nearest Authorized Montel Distributor to find out more.

Safeguard student health with organized medical supplies.Safeguard student health with organized medical supplies.

3. Nurse's office

In elementary and middle schools, nurses act as de facto pharmacists, administering doses of important medication and safeguarding emergency medical supplies. So don't these health care professionals deserve the same resources pharmacists, clinicians and doctors use to save space in their facilities? And isn't it imperative we keep potentially hazardous materials out of the hands of young students?

High-density QuadraMobile shelving, for example, won't take up much space, but it will deliver a great deal of storage power and organization. Moreover, custom locking mechanisms can prevent unauthorized access and tampering.

Mobile shelving keeps all college sports equipment organized.Organize all your college sports equipment.

4. Athletic department

Even though we've discussed sports storage on this blog about as much as we've discussed library storage, we don't mind repeating ourselves: Any school or university with an active and diverse athletic department should consider the benefits of installing space-saving mobile storage.

Montel can help your school design a one-of-a-kind mobile storage system that combines lockers, cabinets, drawers and more. We can even customize your end panels to match your school colors or proudly display your logo on each unit. If your coaches are tired of cleaning up after every game or replacing broken or lost equipment, add mobile storage systems to your locker rooms. They encourage organization and reduce your storage footprint.

Secure weapons with smart storage features.Secure weapons with smart storage features.

5. Campus security

Every student deserves a safe learning environment. That's why smart leaders overseeing large universities and college campus arm their security professionals well with guns and other equipment stored in mobile weapon storage. High-density shelving protects the integrity of security assets and restricts usage to those who are authorized to carry them.

Summer break won't last forever. Start your school year off right with mobile storage. Check out the Montel catalog for information about all our different storage modules and customizable features.

Montel answers prayers for better storage at the Centre D’Archives Mgr-Antoine-Racine [Video]

Let's look at how Montel constructed a powered mobile shelving installation to meet the specific needs of a religious center and museum.
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At the Centre D’Archives Mgr-Antoine-Racine in Sherbrooke, Quebec, history and heritage converge. Catholics come from all across Canada to learn more about their faith, the institution of Catholicism and Monsignor Antoine Racine, the first bishop of the diocese in Sherbrooke and an influential force in the French colonization of Canada during the 19th century.

Open to the public, the archive at the Centre D’Archives Mgr-Antoine-Racine contains priceless artifacts, boxes of fragile records, paintings, books, clothing and more, as well as audio-visual equipment and contemporary media. Collection managers called on Montel to bestow them with a SafeAisle powered mobile shelving system versatile enough for their diverse storage requirements and flexible enough to blend with the sublime beauty of the institution.

Although any organization that replaces static storage units with mobile shelving enjoys half the storage footprint at twice the capacity, let’s look at how Montel constructed a powered mobile shelving installation to meet the specific needs of a religious center and museum:

Designed for silent sanctuaries

Tranquility is essential for research as well as reverence. Montel encases the motorized components of its powered mobile shelving to soften and virtually eliminate sounds made from its movement. Units slide apart quietly and slow to a resting position so as not to disturb those around the storage area.

Heavenly light at hand

Repositories in religious centers may not have the best lighting. The same is true for any other organization housed in an older facility. Powered mobile shelving from Montel includes LED-backed touch panels that perform well in dark environments. Prompts are clearly visible from the controls located on the end panels of every aisle. Even from a distance, users have a clear understanding of the status of the system, whether it’s in motion or standing still.

Guardian angels in every aisle

One-of-a-kind relics and irreplaceable records demand smart mobile shelving that protects them and the people who seek them. Aisle LED Guard technology holds aisles open while the space between units is occupied. Users cannot override the setting, so as long as there is an artifact, a container or a patron in an aisle, the units are locked firmly in place. This prevents injuries and preserves works of art and history for the next generation.

Ascetic aesthetics

The Centre D’Archives Mgr-Antoine-Racine is located in the basement of the Saint Michel Cathedral in Sherbrooke, a minor basilica in the Roman Catholic tradition. Shelving and other storage equipment must not clash with the understated beauty of the property, which is why archive managers chose muted colors for their custom installation.

Teaching people to fish (for history)

Above all else, powered mobile storage needed to be accessible for archive managers as well as visitors seeking answers. Users browsing the stacks or perusing the art will find drawers, racks and other hardware lightweight and easy to control.

Relics on racks

Montel included two art racks on either side of the installation perpendicular to the rails of the mobile shelving, a design unique to this particular installation and one unseen elsewhere in the industry.

Other features include the following:

  • Bin dividers for storing artwork.
  • Locking hinged doors for protecting priceless artifacts.
  • Horizontal rolled storage for preserving maps, charts, etc.

Montel believes mobile shelving makes excellent sense for any organization or business in search of smarter storage. Visit our blog to see our other success stories – like this one from the Boris Lurie Art Foundation in New York City – or reach out to an Authorized Montel Distributor today for more information.

Optimize or maximize? Win-wins with mobile shelving solutions

A change to mobile shelving can make a big difference to all sorts of businesses, whether they’re looking to shrink their storage footprint, expand it or simply do more with it.
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When was the last time you thought about how you shelve?

Every business, commercial or industrial, does it – but do they shelve as well as they could or should? And if not, what are they all missing out on by avoiding the problem?

A change to mobile shelving can make a big difference to all sorts of businesses, whether they're looking to shrink their storage footprint, expand it or simply do more with it.

Are you an Optimizer?

Is your storage occupying more cubic footage than you expected it to? With the wrong layout and static shelving, even businesses with minimal storage needs are susceptible to wasted space and high inventory management costs.

Mobile shelving systems optimize the area devoted to storage, freeing up new possibilities. What can businesses do with the space they save by installing customizable mobile storage solutions in their warehouse or stockroom?

For one, they can just leave it empty. After all, mobile storage modules condense the same volume of goods into an area 50 percent smaller than with static shelving. That level of spatial efficiency saves businesses immediately, especially if those businesses were planning to expand their properties, relocate or invest in off-site storage facilities because of their chronic storage issues.

Moreover, mobile shelving reduces recurring costs associated with per-square-foot refrigerated storage. According to investment management firm JLL, cold storage facilities cost triple what conventional warehouse storage cost. Mobile storage protects from overspending those who lease refrigerated storage units or who aim to invest capital in their own.

Are you a Maximizer?

On the flip side, a significant space savings of 50 percent will certainly tempt leaders to conceive of new ways to utilize areas once devoted to storage. Here are a few ways some Montel customers have used the space they saved by switching to mobile storage:

Expanded the sales floor: With a smaller storage footprint, retail businesses can grow their revenue-generating areas. Whether they choose to provide more room to mill about or a more diverse selection of goods, patrons will appreciate the improved shopping experience either way.

Added production or processing power: Industrial businesses such as manufacturing need their shop floors for far more than storing inventory and finished products. Reductions in storage open up opportunities to build a new line, for example, without overspending capital on a whole new facility.

Doubled up on storage: Warehouses are in the business of space. If they so choose, these businesses can reclaim aisles and maximize storage. Mobile shelving installations therefore give warehouses twice the capacity, twice as many vacancies to sell or utilize and twice as many SKUs to offer end users.

Whichever route you decide to take, trust that manual, mechanical-assist or powered mobile shelving solutions will propel your storage operations toward success. For more information, visit the Montel blog or reach out to your nearest Authorized Montel Distributor today.

Acura dealership goes mobile with Montel storage racks [Video]

A bustling dealership with limited space, Manager of Fixed Operations Kevin Duval knew that, for the business to grow as quickly as it could, static racks for storing tires simply wasn't going to cut it.
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The unique mixture of form and function required to store tires in a way that is both organized and attractive felt like a daunting challenge for the Acura car dealership. A bustling dealership with limited space, Manager of Fixed Operations Kevin Duval knew that, for the business to grow as quickly as it could, static racks for storing tires simply wasn’t going to cut it.

Tires: The key to retention
Tires are a key element at any dealership: A dealer needs to, at a moment’s notice, swap a leaking or bald tire for a new one that matches the vehicle specs. This, according to Duval, is actually a key aspect of customer retention. While characterized as a low gross profit margin item compared to other labor services, they represent an opportunity to provide a service and reinforce the customer relationship. According to DataClover, 75 percent of consumers purchase tires from the first person that recommends they need them, and 78 percent of consumers have additional ongoing maintenance done where they buy tires. Yet, as David Boyle, president of Tire Profiles – a company that sells TreadSpec and Groove Glove, two diagnostic devices that use laser technology to read tire treads, told Automotive News, consumers often don’t think of the place they bought their car when they need tires.

“One of the big reasons dealers have retention issues is, when at 30,000 miles it comes time for the first set of tires, consumers don’t think of the dealers,” Boyle told Automotive News. “And in many cases, the catalyst for [dealers] losing the customer was the need for tires.”

This isn’t an unwillingness on the part of consumers: DataClover reports that 80 percent of the consumers who buy tires from somewhere aside from their dealership would be willing to buy tires from the place they know. The problem is visibility, as only 40 percent of customers know the dealership even sells tires.

 

At the same time, storing tires is a serious challenge: Large, heavy and cumbersome, keeping tires off the dealership floor while still accessible to employees was key. Duval says that, prior to working with Montel, the dealership constantly found itself running out of space and struggling to stay organized, making peak operational efficiency difficult.

What did Montel build for Acura?

The setup of the dealership meant that there were two floors: an upper level where tires could be stored and a lower floor with showroom, complete with a carousel to shuttle the tires from floor to floor. Montel provided a mobile RACK&ROLL 16MA, RACK&ROLL 16P storage rack and tire storage fixture, designed to double storage capacity and limit wasted space.

 

“If we had installed static racks, we would have run out of space,” Duval said. “Now with Montel, we can store even more tires in the same space.”

The mobile racks are clean, organized and easy to operate by staff, with technicians reportedly loving the system. Offering 16,000 pounds (7.257 kg) of capacity per double rack section, with a maximum 45-foot (13.7-meter) carriage length, the shelves are perfect for keeping the heavy duty tires organized and accessible. The easy installation and ability to reconfigure the racks at will made for the perfect solution – and was an added bonus.

 

“I know many people in the car dealership community and I have recommended the Montel systems to all of them,” Duval added.

The RACK&ROLL 16MA is available as mechanical-assist with the SafeCrank handle or as a powered version with a push of a button on a controller with the RACK&ROLL 16P. Care to see the kind of efficiency and cleanliness Acura experienced? Contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor today!

 

Digital keypads for mobile storage are a foolproof way of securing "the house."

Boris Lurie Art Foundation conserves in style with Montel art rack storage system

With so many valuable pieces of art to preserve and so little room to work with, Montel designed a space-conscious hybrid art rack and smart storage installation we hope befits a legend like Boris Lurie.
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Artist Boris Lurie was a lot of things: a Holocaust survivor, a benevolent provocateur, a stock market master, a pioneer of the NO!art movement. What he wasn't, however, was shy about his convictions.

So when he died in 2008, he left behind a handwritten will with explicit instructions. Lurie wanted his closest friends to take the $80 million fortune he had amassed in penny stocks over his lifetime and start a foundation in his name, one that recognized and financially supported underappreciated artists who embodied the heart and soul of the NO!art movement.

Today, Lurie lives on in New York City through the Boris Lurie Art Foundation and with help from Gertrude Stein – director, art collector and lifelong friend. Stein and staff curate an extensive collection of Lurie's paintings, collages and writing (more than 3,000 pieces altogether), as well as work from other NO!artists.

With so many valuable pieces of art to preserve and so little room to work with – we are talking about New York City here – Montel designed a space-conscious hybrid art rack and smart storage installation we hope befits a legend like Lurie.

What did Montel build for BLAF?

The installation consists of seven sections, which alternate between a trio of mobile art racks and static cubby-style shelving of varying dimensions.

Each double-sided mesh art rack is slightly more than 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide and runs on a track nearly 20 feet long. Panels on the static shelving are matte black with a splash of bright red along the interior. These modules also contain narrow exhibition drawers.

A sliding divider separates the storage from the rest of the room it occupies. Montel also built longer, deeper drawers and tall bookcase shelving around the outside of the installation.

As an art historian would examine and interpret a painting, let's take a closer look at the individual brushstrokes that make this smart storage solution a real masterpiece.

"Montel smart storage is not form over function."

Color theory
No conversation on art gallery storage would be complete without touching on aesthetics. The black and red coloring makes the whole installation pop. Customers can choose from a manifold palette of colors when designing the perfect storage solutions for their unique spaces.

That said, a Montel storage installation is not, however, form over function.

Another kind of art movement
Retractable art racks allow the BLAF storage space to transform at will from safe repository for priceless works to a social environment where visitors and curators can experience Lurie and other NO!artists up close.

Both the fronts and the backs of each rack has its own hanging plane. Paintings and hardware hung from one side, therefore, do not take up space on the opposite side, which protects art from damage and doubles capacity. Each art rack track-and-wheel system is engineered for stability and smooth operation, no matter the size or weight of the paintings it holds.

It's really all about what isn't there
Is Montel's installation at BLAF merely a system of shelves and racks? Or is it an experiment in utility of negative space?

All available vacancies throughout the module serve a primary mission: to reclaim as many cubic feet as possible in the name of smarter storage. BLAF employees now have dozens of long horizontal and vertical rectangular cubbies of varied dimensions at their disposal. Regardless of how they choose to organize the collection, they can do so with unprecedented spatial efficiency and respect for the pieces therein, thus preserving it all for another generation.

Are you interested in commissioning an art storage solution all your own? Contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor today for more information or check out another instillation Montel built at the Clyfford Still Museum.

Montel mobile shelving trains Sports Experts to be a retail storage champion

Montel stepped in for the assist by installing three different smart storage systems across several Sports Experts locations, including this one in Laval, Quebec.
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With more than 100 stores across Quebec, sporting goods retailer Sports Experts knows how to reach a wide audience of active Canadians.

Inventory excesses, however, have always been a sticking point. As athletic trends evolve, new products enter the market, and seasons change, Sports Experts found many of its stores struggling to stay ahead of demand and organize its stock. 

Montel stepped in for the assist by installing three different smart storage systems across several locations, including this one in Laval, Quebec. Check out the video below or on Montel.com.

What sporting goods storage solutions did Montel build?

In the main warehouse, Montel constructed a five-carriage dual-access SmartSpace mechanical-assist mobile storage module. Each 30+ foot unit has two of Montel's patented SafeCrank handles for effortless access and pushbutton locks that hold aisles open while occupied.

In the store's reception area, which is both a storage space and a workspace, Montel installed two manual mobile shelving units. At 16 feet long each, these shelves maximize capacity without disrupting operations in the adjacent offices. The soccer and ice skating warehouses also received storage updates with two lateral sliding systems affixed to stationary shelves already in use.

How does mobile sporting good storage help retailers do more with less?

If you've ever checked out the Montel blog before, you know that we serve many different businesses in many different industries. And while a lack of storage space is something everyone everywhere can relate to, each of our customers has unique reasons for reaching out.

Sports Experts is no exception. So how will additional storage with a variety of mobile shelving modules change how this retailer does business?

Savings from season to season
Ever wonder where footballs go in the spring? Or where track shorts disappear to in the dead of winter? The answer is obvious: They go into storage.

But when the seasons change, sporting goods retailers must rotate their SKUs. Everything still on the selling floor goes into its respective warehouse and all the latest gear moves out to where customers can buy it. Without a streamlined inventory switch-out process, things can go haywire very quickly. And if you're simultaneously scheduling deliveries from off-site storage facilities, you're guaranteed to take a hit in efficiency somewhere.

"Without a streamlined switch-out process for inventory, things can go haywire."

Instead, why not do what Sports Experts did and take full advantage of on-site storage resources? With its infinitely customizable architecture, SmartSpace mobile shelving units can conform to the exact measurements inventory managers need them to, saving valuable capacity while exhausting every cubic inch of space.

Sports Experts has the power to build storage around their products instead of trying to make do with static, prefabricated shelving. Is there a better way to design an inventory space that runs on common sense?

Refreshing replenishment
Apparel and shoes are hot-ticket items at sporting goods stores like Sports Experts, so desired that it's not uncommon for popular sizes to fly off the racks. But when customers ask store clerks to check their inventories for sold-out sizes, employees will either clinch these sales or send shoppers to their competitors.

Better organization through mobile shelving makes that possible. Speedy retrieval speaks volumes to customers. And with 50 percent greater storage efficiency than traditional shelving, retailers can order larger volumes of popular sizes and retain them on-site so replenishments are few and far between and customers are always satisfied.

Power-packed pricing
Before bringing goods out where customers can see them, try them on and buy them, store clerks have to price everything. Sports Experts retailers conduct all their pricing operations in their on-site warehouses. Because of the limitations of static shelving, similar products may be grouped separately across the storage area, making accurate pricing a real chore.

Again, Montel saved the day with mobile shelving. Adjustable units squeeze every last drop of space out of their warehouses without overloading them. Inventory managers can arrange shoes, clothing and equipment according to their preferred organizational models. Clerks can price SKUs one at a time, thereby reducing mix-ups and mistakes.

Interested in learning more about how mobile sporting goods storage enhances any retail location, sports team or recreational center? Read about it on our blog or reach out to your local Authorized Montel Distributor today.