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Choosing a Distribution Center for e-Commerce Fulfillment

The e-commerce boom caused many distribution centers to shift from dedicated to multi-channel fulfillment. As consumers expect increasingly faster shipping times, distribution center managers are scrambling to find the optimal way to get goods to consumers. Where does that leave retailers who are just now entering the online market? There is no universal solution to this problem, but looking at… Continue Reading

BHS Global Creates Guide to Seismic Standards for European Battery Rooms, Warehouse Equipment

November 21, 2016 – St. Louis, Missouri — Battery Handling Systems (BHS) Global, Ltd., a worldwide provider of battery handling and warehouse products, has created a brief guide to evaluating the earthquake-resistance of material handling equipment in Europe. The free article is available here. Drawing on the latest research from the Seismic Hazard Harmonization in Europe project (SHARE), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, and the International Journal of Structural Stability & Dynamics, the new guide summarizes seismic hazards across Europe’s highest-risk areas. It also clearly explains the European Standards that apply to warehouse shelving. Going a step further, though, the 3-page publication applies existing standards to forklift battery rooms and other niches within the modern European warehouse. “This is… Continue Reading

Utilizing Vertical Space in E-Commerce Fulfillment Centers

Vertical space has been a hot-button issue in warehousing for a long time, but with the rise of e-commerce, boosting clearance height is virtually required for fulfillment operations to remain competitive. The increased value of vertical space in fulfillment centers stems from a sea-change in shopping culture, driven by online shopping. Mail-order catalogs like the iconic Sears, Roebuck, and Co…. Continue Reading

Choosing Lift Tables for Ergonomic Benefits

Industrial lift tables solve two major ergonomic challenges at once. First, they eliminate the need for manual lifts, a leading cause of workplace injury. Just as powerfully, they allow workers to position tasks within a comfortable range of movement. Together, these benefits can prevent the most common causes of musculoskeletal injuries in a variety of workplaces, from assembly lines to… Continue Reading

U.K. Tax Incentives and Benefits for Battery Handling Equipment After Brexit

European Union programs pump up to £1.5 billion into the United Kingdom’s private sector every year. Much of that funding provides assistance for capital investments, including battery room upgrades. What’s going to happen to those programs once the U.K. triggers Article 50, beginning the official withdrawal from the EU? This is an urgent question, especially since Prime Minister Theresa May… Continue Reading

The 5 Biggest Differences Between Traditional Fulfillment and E-Commerce Distribution

Online shopping has officially overtaken brick-and-mortar retail. Every year, the United Parcel Service (UPS) consults more than 5,000 online shoppers to track trends in retail. The results of the 2016 UPS survey showed an anticipated but historic change: Shoppers made 51 percent of their purchases online in 2016, the survey said. This is the first time in the long history… Continue Reading

Will the Hanjin Bankruptcy Damage Holiday Retail Sales in Europe?

The seventh-largest container shipping company in the world fell apart just months before the holiday retail season. When South Korea-based Hanjin Shipping applied for bankruptcy protection in dozens of countries, the company left US$14 billion worth of merchandise literally afloat. Many of those products were originally destined to surround the base of a Christmas tree, and European retailers are anxious… Continue Reading