Nevada’s The Grove capitalizes on Montel’s high-density mobile cultivation systems

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Legal marijuana is an industry as financially advantageous as it is operationally risky.

In North America alone, Arcview Market Research reported that regulated marijuana sales reached $6.7 billion in 2016, an increase of 30 percent over the previous year. But that's just the start. At its current rate of growth, researchers predict that sales of legal cannabis in the United States and Canada will nearly triple over the next five years.

As North America continues to embrace medical and recreational marijuana with open lungs, grow operations, dispensaries and related enterprises have discovered the many ways this emergent industry eats at their resources like a stoner during a late-night munchie binge.

1. Elusive warehouse vacancies

Cultivating and distributing anything requires storage areas. Consider Denver, Colorado, which we'll use as a microcosm for what's happening with commercial weed-growers. By the end of 2016, grow operations accounted for nearly two-thirds of all Class B and C industrial space in the area, according to CBRE. A similar story plays out everywhere marijuana is legal: Vacancies are hard to find.

2. High cost of space

Even when cannabis businesses do find appropriate space, warehouse owners are likely to charge them more for use, either because of perceived elevated risks or, in the case of properties once occupied by marijuana growers, because of a proven track record for usage. Again turning to Denver as an example, one square foot of space is sometimes two to three times more expensive for marijuana growers than it is for companies operating in agriculture.

3. Energy expenses

Growing marijuana is an energy-intensive process. It requires around-the-clock lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation. According to estimations from an oft-cited cannabis-related energy study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, legal and illegal marijuana growth accounted for 1 percent of total energy consumption in the U.S. in 2012. That was five years ago, and while many grow ops endorse the use of energy-efficient practices, there's no telling whether their desired sustainability has kept commensurate with the market.

4. Water consumption

Although tragically underreported, a single marijuana plant requires, some estimate, around six gallons of water daily to produce a viable harvest. Now multiply that by thousands of plants growing year-round. Again, for the sake of the environment and drought-ravaged regions where marijuana is legal (we're talking to you, California), the cannabis industry must do more to use water intelligently.

Montel knows what it takes to grow marijuana commercially

In 2015, Montel built a state-of-the-art high-density mobile vertical growing system for The Grove, a 16,000-square-foot medicinal marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas:

  • Installation included 29 42-foot-long carriages spread across four rooms.
  • Racks designed for optimal plant arrangement, doubling availability.
  • Each unit outfitted with individual fuse boxes, fans, hoses and more.
  • System powered by a total of 480 LED lights provided by Montel's LED grow light partner Heliospectra, makers of high-quality lighting solutions and technology for growers.

Montel is happy to announce that The Grove recently invested in SafeAisle electric mobile racking systems for three new vertical-tier grow rooms slated for completion in 2018. For more information on the high-density mobile cultivation system built in 2015, read our blog post or check out our video:

Montel mobile vertical cultivation systems address the biggest problems all grow operations and dispensaries face with exact solutions:

Optimized space: By removing aisles from the equation, legal cannabis companies can reduce their storage footprint without scaling back on yield, making warehouse space easier to find and afford.

Energy efficiency: In-rack LEDs reduce electricity needs. A condensed footprint also allows for HVAC-efficient photosynthesis and a consistent yield.

Water conservation: With watering equipment built into each unit, usage is limited to only what's necessary. Virtually nothing goes to waste.

Are you a grow operation or dispensary looking for a better way to store your plants? Contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor today to find the custom high-density mobile cultivation system for your operations. Click the links below to learn more about our strategic partners Heliospectra and AutoPot.

Set the bar high with Aetnastak cantilever shelving and hanging storage accessories

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We at Montel truly believe anything and everything can fit on a shelf.  All it takes is finding the right shelf for the job.

That's the motivation behind Aetnastak cantilever shelving, the endlessly configurable high-density shelving solution that redefined library storage.

But librarians aren't the only ones impressed by all that Aetnastak can do.  Many of our clients in other lines of work have outfitted these already powerful shelving systems with hanging storage options to suit their diverse needs.

What is Aetnastak cantilever shelving?

There's no such thing as a typical Aetnastak cantilever shelving system. They come in many shapes and styles because the hardware is compatible with compact static modules, Mobilex® mechanical-assist mobile shelving systems and SafeAisle® powered mobile shelving systems.

No matter how you deploy your Aetnastak shelving, you can look forward to these benefits:

  • Efficient storage always: Users can easily adjust the height, length and depth of Aetnastak cantilever shelves to match the dimensions of what they want to store. Choose single- or double-faced storage for extra efficiency. And of course, go mobile with Mobilex or SafeAisle to optimize your footprint even further. No wasted space. Just limitless storage potential.
  • Immediate organization: Arrange your inventory according to what makes sense to you, not what your inflexible shelving forces you to do. Aetnastak cantilever shelving is the storage system that changes with you.
  • Preserve your stock: Not everything takes to standard flat shelves as well as boxes do. There is no shortage of customizable accessories our customers can affix to the Aetnastak cantilever universal frame. Pick the features that protect your inventory and support low-maintenance management. 

Hanging options, however, take Aetnastak cantilever storage to the next level. Here are just a few of the applications our imaginative clients and their local Authorized Montel Distributors thought up:

1. Harness storage

Are you a field service dispatch center with technicians that climb utility poles or repair wind energy turbines? Or are you a small professional bungee company serving local thrillseekers? Either way, your equipment deserves storage that ensures safe usage and management.

2. Parachute storage

Even though parachutes are engineered to endure the harshest conditions, improper storage can damage them and compromise their performance. Aetnastak cantilever shelving with hanging storage accessories all but eliminates those concerns for military paratroopers and commercial parachutists.

3. Outdoor equipment retail storage

If only storing outdoor backpacks was as much fun as adventuring in the wilderness. Designed for the elements, this rugged, bulky equipment does not take to traditional storage well. Hanging storage accessories, on the other hand, keep operations clean and orderly.

4. Kayak storage

A kayak? On a shelf? Forget about it. Unless, of course, you invest in an Aetnastak cantilever shelving system with hanging bars. These features cradle each kayak so retailers and rental services can display them safely.

In fact, hanging bars are so dependable, museums use them to store canoes that are hundreds of years old!

5. Textile storage

Whether you're a textile manufacturer or a retail rug seller, you can enjoy the flexibility of adjustable roll bars on customizable Aetnastak shelving. Double up to maximize your storage area. Be sure to check out our options for static and mobile shelving systems.

6. Military mobility bags

Every good mobility bag has one thing in common: field readiness. Troops deploy at a moment's notice, and so must their mobility bags. Aetnastak cantilever shelving systems give soldiers everything they need to organize their equipment, access it when the time for action comes and keep their supplies safe in the interim.

Aetnastak cantilever storage systems aren't just for libraries. For more information on these and other applications, contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor today.

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.

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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.

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!

 

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Zenith Aviation embarks on a journey to efficiency with SAFERAK powered mobile racking

Zenith Aviation overcame the odds and achieved new heights by updating its traditional inventory racking to a state-of-the-art powered mobile racking system.
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Before airplanes take to the skies and deliver passengers to faraway destinations, they pass, in pieces, through aircraft parts distribution centers.

Bob Stanford, CEO of Zenith Aviation in Fredericksburg, Virginia, understands well the plight of his industry. Even disassembled, aircraft are still aircraft. They’re big and heavy and an absolute bother to store efficiently.

With help from Montel’s expert installation team, Zenith Aviation overcame the odds and achieved new heights by updating its traditional inventory racking to a state-of-the-art powered mobile racking system:

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Introducing HI-BAY MOBILE high-density solutions for off-site storage

If traditional static shelving options leave you desiring more, imagine what your off-site storage would be capable of with HI-BAY MOBILE from Montel.
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Do you have an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality about your off-site storage?

Storing goods away from your main facilities doesn’t make those things any less important or less susceptible to inefficiency. If traditional static shelving options leave you desiring more, imagine what your off-site storage would be capable of with HI-BAY MOBILE from Montel.

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Get your smart storage ideas off the ground with hanging storage solutions

With customizable crossbars and rods capable of countless configurations, hanging storage has the power to store anything with unusual dimensions effortlessly.
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Even storage experts like us can admit that not everything belongs on a shelf. Some items are too long, too thin, too cumbersome to sit sideways on a shelf with any efficiency whatsoever.

But what are your other options? Stand these items in a bunch at the corner of the storeroom where people will trip over them? Of course not.

Instead, we suggest you invest in Montel’s hanging storage solutions, which affix to existing Montel shelving products or directly to a wall. With customizable crossbars and rods capable of countless configurations, hanging storage has the power to store anything with unusual dimensions effortlessly.

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Introducing SafeCrank mobile shelving technology from Montel

How does mechanical-assist mobile shelving keep users protected at your place of business?
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Safety should always be a chief concern among business leaders.

Protecting employees from accidents in the workplace is not only the right thing to do morally, it’s one of the most cost-effective commitments an employer can make. According to research from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, American businesses spend an estimated $1 billion every week on workers’ compensation payments alone. Yikes! That can’t be good for the company checkbook or a brand’s reputation.

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SmartShelf® vs. L&T Shelving: Which packs the biggest punch?

How does Montel's SmartShelf® Hybrid 4-Post boltless shelving system stack up against a traditional L&T commodity shelving unit?
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How does Montel’s SmartShelf® Hybrid 4-Post shelving system stack up against a traditional L&T shelving unit?

Frankly, we don’t think it’s a fair fight at all, especially when it comes to customization and spatial efficiency. Boltless shelving like SmartShelf® wins round after round.

We’ll walk you through a standard shelf adjustment step by step, compare the two shelving options and demonstrate exactly what we mean.

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