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Warehouse Safety Infographic

Here’s a neat infographic about the inherent dangers of working in a warehouse.  This image will show you some stats on warehouse safety measures as well as:

  • Most accident Prone Areas
  • Top Injuries
  • Forklift Safety Information
  • Pallet Rack Failure Facts
  • and more…

 

Summer Fishing Contest Update – July Results

July's Winning Fish

July’s Winning Fish

The results are in for July.  Once again – Brian Springer takes first place with his 38-1/2″ King Salmon (approx 25 pounds).  What a beautiful fish – and congratulations again, Brian.

Hey, The Rest of the SJF Employees – Are you guys asleep?

Only Kidding…

We had some other entries this month as well, continue reading to see the photos.
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SJF Goes Responsive

SJF just released the new fully responsive layout of their website.

“The new design allows users across all devices to have a consistent, engaging experience.” says Kent Powell – SJF’s web designer/developer. “Responsive design allows us to focus on one web property (sjf.com) rather than fracture the site into desktop, mobile, and app versions.  The site automatically adapts to the medium being used to display it. ”

This new design is currently applicable to all of the used/feature pages on SJF.com as well as the home page – with the rest of the site to follow soon.  This new design makes the old mobile site (m.sjf.com) obsolete.  The old site will remain active for a time, however future development will be focused solely on the main sjf.com domain to make the entire site accessible from all devices.

Featured Client: Biery Cheese

Biery Cheese has been in business for over 75 years, providing top quality cheese products to all facets of food markets.  Biery Cheese takes food safety very seriously – as they have to, being a a U.S.D.A., F.D.A., Kosher, Organic, and Military approved facility.  Located in Ohio, Biery Cheese proudly serves clients across the USA.

The project that Biery Cheese contacted us about was the expansion of a run of pallet racking to store some packaging materials (boxes, etc.)  SJF was able to find some recently purchased beams and supports that perfectly fit the bill.
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Guest Post: The Essential Need for Sales & Marketing Cooperation

Sales & Marketing Management magazine recently ran an article entitled, “5 Reasons Why Sales Makes Marketing Mad.” The article was written by a marketing guy who likely had issues with salespeople.

He complained how salespeople talked too much about their commissions, how they didn’t have enough leads (followed by good, qualified leads). Not following up quickly (or at all) on the leads salespeople did have also ticked this writer off. This writer may have had a point. Sales people can be overbearing. But you know what? SO CAN MARKETERS!

Far too few marketers ever sold something. This is a problem, especially in the material handling industry where an intimate understanding of the market’s needs and challenges are vital.

This is why sales and marketing need a strong working relationship. In fact, there has never been a time before where the two departments need to work together in harmony.

Here’s FIVE reasons (after the jump):
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Company Barbecue – 6/28/2013

Ed & Eric (would you trust these guys with your food?)

Ed & Eric (would you trust these guys with your food?)

To kick off the summer, SJF held a company barbecue in the parking lot last week.  Hamburgers, Brats & Hot Dogs & even some Venison (Deer) were expertly grilled by our very own Eric Moen and Ed Salonek.

We even busted out our custom made SJF grill made from material handling components left over from various projects in the production shop.

All of the employees enjoyed their lunch and then played a little hoops before returning to work for the rest of the day.

Espace/Max – Product Update

SJF Material Handling Inc. in cooperation with Canadian business partner EspaceMax announced today several new product design enhancements that are scheduled for inclusion during production of its EspaceMax pallet flow rail product line.

Earlier this year,  SJF  announced a strategic  partnership with Canadian manufacturer Espace/Max to become its National distributor for the EspaceMax product line in the USA. The EspaceMax pallet flow system is gaining national acclaim as one of the latest in a new generation of high density pallet flow storage products hitting the market.

According to SJF spokesman Stafford Sterner, the EspaceMax Pallet flow storage system “provides customers all the benefits of traditional pushback racks & pallet flow but without the many drawbacks & limitations traditionally associated with these ageing legacy systems.”

One of the primary challenges EspaceMax originally had which the new enhancements address is the ability to stage pallets into storage squarely onto the rails. This is necessary in order to assure easy stocking and retrieval of pallets without stressing, kinking or damaging the chain. The new design enhancements address this and other concerns outlined below.
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Lowering Equipment Handling Costs

A business has to strike a balance between providing good quality service with proper investment and keeping costs low in order to make a profit. With rising costs, the challenge of maintaining this balance is becoming increasingly more difficult. With respect to handling of material, this is generally seen as consuming the most time in unproductive practices and take up approximately 40% of the staff’s efforts in the field. To deal with this and ensure timely and high quality installations, there are a few things that ought to be managed well.

Choose the correct equipment

Choosing the correct equipment goes a long way in reducing costs. Often, the same equipment is used to manage very different jobs, and in many cases this equipment may not be very appropriate for some of those jobs. This reduces the efficiency of work, so it is always better to invest in the correct equipment for the work undertaken. It must also be kept in mind that using certain equipment for purposes which it is not meant for can reduce its life and end up in loss in the long run.

Licenses

Licenses are required for the usage and handling of different equipment, especially in an industrial environment. There can be stringent checks, especially for heavy duty equipment such as cherry pickers or forklifts, where a License to Perform High Risk Work is mandatory. If the license is found lacking or outdated, then heavy fines can be imposed on the operator and the business. This being the case, equipment is often kept unused and the staff not working while waiting for these licenses. It would be beneficial to have staff complete the necessary license training and assessments ahead of time so the license is in hand by the time work starts..

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