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Ensure Your DC is Ready for Peak Season

Two warehouse experts share tips for a successful holiday season or any other peak season of the year.

(Boonton, NJ, September 27, 2013) — With the economy on the rebound but companies still running lean, this peak season threatens to overwhelm warehouses that aren’t prepared.

In the September issue of Distribution Center Management logistics experts Jeff Barry of F. Curtis Barry & Co. and Diane Blair of Intelligrated suggest five essential ways to prepare. These include performing preventive maintenance right now.

Just as you don’t leave on a family road trip without inspecting your vehicle, you shouldn’t go into peak season with a DC full of rusty chains and worn belts. You want to find and fix problems now, before they shut down your order handling.

Tour your facility and look for signs that your material handling equipment needs maintenance. Lubricate chains and look for oil drips. Check belts for wear. Look for shavings that may be a sign of misalignment.

Listen for unusual sounds and check for any changes in how product moves from point A to point B. Check electrical wiring to confirm that everything is secure and look at temperature ranges to see if anything is out of the normal range.

If you’re unsure of the maintenance needed for your systems, schedule a mechanical audit from a material handling systems provider.

All five preparation steps appear in the September issue of Distribution Center Management.

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