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The McCue Blog

Bridging the Warehouse Communication Disconnect

Posted by Kate Newman on Oct 20, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Whatever its cause, a disconnect between frontline workers and office workers is a notorious challenge for warehouse and distribution center managers. But the challenge doesn't have to overwhelm you. Instead, you should see it as fuel for creating a more connected, transparent and open workplace that fosters cross-departmental communication.

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Topics: Warehouse Tips

6 Tips to Begin Eliminating OSHA Fines

Posted by Scott Tierny on Oct 17, 2017 11:15:00 AM

It's no secret that OSHA visits always get everyone whispering about what could go or has gone wrong. Fines are a real threat to a business that cares about both reputation and bottom line. But if the day-to-day operations of your facility are in order, and you know your standards, visits don't need to be the stress factor they so often are. How can you begin eliminating OSHA fines before your next visit?

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Topics: Safety, Warehouse Tips, OSHA

Use Warehouse Space Planning to Limit Downtime During Renovations

Posted by Scott Tierny on Oct 3, 2017 2:02:00 PM

Renovations are almost always coupled with downtime. It's hard to avoid. But true efficiency means you can make improvements without dragging down the business. You can build downtime avoidance into your plan, if you focus on warehouse space planning. Here's how to start limiting downtime right from the pre-planning phase.

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Topics: Warehouse Tips, Facility Design

Keeping Production Volume Up

Posted by Bill Sullivan on Sep 19, 2017 12:57:36 PM

You know what it's like. You catch the inkling that things aren't moving as quickly as they should be. Your numbers aren't quite adding up. Unless you know there is a specific cause of a dip in production volume — such as a planned staff shortage, an identified supply chain issue or a machine failure — the numbers will likely concern you and force you to take a step back to ask:

Is Your Production Volume Plunging?

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Topics: production volume, Warehouse Tips

How to Build your Warehouse Safety Policy

Posted by Roxanne Woodiwiss on Aug 31, 2017 2:00:00 PM

As a Health and Safety professional, you've helped design plenty of facilities and always do so with injury prevention in mind. But with this new build, there's a greater task you'd like to get right — creating a full-bodied warehouse safety policy. This can be a tall order, but with help from your entire facility team, a safe and efficient workplace can be created for all. Here's how to get started.

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Topics: Warehouse Tips, Safety

Trends in Distribution Center Design

Posted by Roxanne Woodiwiss on Jul 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

When most people think of a warehouse, they picture an unfriendly, cavernous space — but not you. You know that there's opportunity in warehouse and distribution center design. And guess what? You're on trend. Large-scale distribution centers are breaking this stereotype by instituting a variety of cosmetic and functional changes — making them more efficient and worker-friendly.

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Topics: Amazon, Warehouse Tips

Injury Prevention Shouldn't be at Odds with Distribution Volume

Posted by Roxanne Woodiwiss on Jun 15, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Improving safety at your facility can often seem to be at odds with managing efficiency and keeping up with distribution volume. When all of the various moving pieces start to turn a little faster, it stands to reason that employee safety inherently becomes an even greater concern. But it doesn't have to be that way! Here are few injury prevention practices you can use to protect employees and assets in your facility, without sacrificing efficiency.

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Topics: Warehouse Tips, Pedestrian Barrier, Facility Design, Facility Maintenance, Safety, signs

5 Facilities Engineering Challenges Every Engineer Will Face

Posted by Amanda Meltzer on May 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Houston, we have a problem.

As an engineer, there might not be a worse phrase to hear. While you're likely not facing issues quite as complicated as a major technical problem on a spaceship thousands of miles away from earth, there's certain to be a host of problems you come across with each new build.

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Topics: Material Handling, Warehouse Tips, Facility Design

5 Best Practices for Protecting Warehouse Assets From Employees

Posted by Bill Sullivan on Apr 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

You ain’t seen nothing yet. No, we’re not talking about B.T.O’s 1974 smash hit in today’s post. That's a phrase we often hear facilities managers use when comparing their employees' track record of protecting warehouse assets. And it never seems to be something good.

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Topics: Warehouse Tips

How to Convince Your Employees Warehouse Cleanliness Matters

Posted by Scott Tierny on Apr 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If cleanliness is next to godliness, it’s safe to say your warehouse is not the holiest of places. The general upkeep of your warehouse is often the first thing a visitor will notice, but it can be hard to convince your employees of the importance of keeping things clean. Taking the time to show your employees the value of warehouse cleanliness will go a long way toward keeping your facility running smoothly. You can get started right away.

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Topics: Warehouse Tips, Facility Maintenance