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]

Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. Assembled by Douron Inc., Authorized Montel Distributor in Maryland.
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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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In the heat of the moment: Custom storage solutions for fire departments

Will your fire equipment storage help you reach victims in time, or will it hold you back?
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Twenty-three seconds.

Every 23 seconds a fire department somewhere in the country responds to an alarm, according to 2015 averages from the U.S. National Fire Protection Association.

Will your fire department be the next to answer the call? And will your fire equipment storage help you reach victims in time, or will it hold you back?

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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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Oh, the humanity: Human resources storage possibilities for any business

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A company’s HR department handles all things involving its human capital: how employees interact with each other, with the company and the knowledge they gain therein. With this broad job description comes a level of responsibility unlike any other position in-house.

Human resources storage can keep this department moving diligently to service everyone from entry-level interns to corporate stakeholders. Who knew the greatest asset to human resources might not be human at all?

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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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Smart storage solutions protect our public safety officials

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Every day, public safety officials selflessly safeguard citizens and keep trouble at bay. However, their duty also goes into protecting other things as well. These jobs can range from holding fragile evidence, housing firearms and even securing possessions belonging to inmates for extended periods of time. To fulfill their obligations to their neighborhoods, public safety officials look to smart storage solutions to keep their minds focused on the tasks at hand and not on whatever’s back at the station.

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Public Safety Storage Systems at IACP 2014

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Public Safety Storage Systems at IACP 2014

 

Last week, we have been to the 121th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Orlando, Florida, to show our public safety storage systems.

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Forensic Evidence Storage: Mind-Boggling!

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Forensic Evidence Storage

 

It is a known fact that forensic evidence storage is becoming increasingly more important in the solving of crimes, that the number of items that need to be stored and examined for forensic evidence is mind-boggling! With new and improved advances in DNA, it is safe to say that storage demands are increasing very fast.

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