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.

6 industry-leading safety features built into Mobilex mechanical-assist mobile shelving [Video]

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In the industrial spaces where high-density storage performs the greatest service – warehouses, off-site storage facilities and the like – all business must be built from the foundation of safety.

While the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports indicate the rates of fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the private sector are decreasing, facilities managers and site supervisors can’t let their guards down. After all, any number higher than zero is not worth celebrating.

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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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Innovative mobile shelving solutions for secure weapon storage

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As any responsible gun owner, security staff or public safety official knows, securing weapons while not in use is critical to maintaining safety. Anyone can see the benefits to discovering the most innovative methods for storing firearms and granting access only to those with the proper clearance. So whether you’re an avid rifle collector or a member of the Department of Homeland Security, check out these smarter weapon storage solutions that promote safety above all else.

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How correctional facility storage locks down efficiency for guards and inmates

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For correctional facilities, improving spatial efficiency anywhere can prove beneficial for both inmates and staff. With incarcerations on the rise and room to grow at a minimum, making the most out the space available can help personnel better manage prisoners. Additionally, opening up more of a correctional facility’s property to inmates can also influence more effective rehabilitation. If prison operators can devote more square feet to amenities like a library or recreation area, resources like these can possibly encourage inmates to take their lives into their hands and better themselves in anticipation of their release back into the world.

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How smarter firefighting storage supports responders and their gear

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When the fire alarm rings, firefighters must be at the ready to respond at a moment’s notice. But before they pull out of the station with their sirens blazing, they must collect all the appropriate tools necessary to protect themselves against the dangers associated with their line of work. To that end, proper firefighting storage systems must be up to task to help these brave men and women stay safe and fully equipped.

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4 ways 4-Post Hybrid SmartShelf reinforce a police station’s organization

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There’s never a dull moment for public safety officials like police officers. Every day, they face new challenges they must approach with versatility to protect the public.

Police department storage must be similarly addressed. To get the most out of these ubiquitous installations, they have to be flexible and work with law enforcement agencies instead of against them. Let’s look at a few ways highly customizable 4-Post Hybrid SmartShelf technology can complement a department’s storage needs while adding a whole new level of organization to the force.

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Proof positive: How smart crime lab storage serves and protects

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In modern policing, crimes labs play a crucial role in an officer’s caseload. Collecting information and interrogating witnesses or suspects can only do so much. With science on their side, public safety officials can use all the information at their disposal. But to do so, their crime labs need the very best resources, including smart storage capabilities.

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At ease: A salute to military storage solutions

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Soldiers don’t settle. Military men and women require highly efficient and practical methodology to complete their missions, right down to how they stockpile their weapons, attire, field equipment and other paraphernalia. While traditional shelving wouldn’t survive boot camp, smart military storage goes above and beyond the call of duty to serve those who serve us.

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