Home » 2018

End-of-Year OSHA Reporting Requirements for Workplace Injury and Illness

All year long, employers diligently fill out OSHA Form 300 to report workplace injuries and illnesses within the allotted time frame. This isn’t enough to comply with OSHA reporting rules, though. Businesses must also complete a few legally required steps before January 1 of every new year. Since we’re right in the thick of reporting season, we thought we’d take… Continue Reading

Forklift Battery Operators: Why Every Warehouse Needs One

Companies that run one or two electric lift trucks generally rely on forklift operators to change batteries. As the fleet begins to grow, however, it starts to make more sense to create a new position at the warehouse: the forklift battery operator, sometimes also called a battery room manager or even a battery changer (note that we reserve that last… Continue Reading

Warehouse Employee Retention Beyond Wages

Warehousing operations often struggle with employee retention. Since August of 2017, separations — quits, terminations, and layoffs — grew by 26,000 jobs in the warehousing industry. During the same period, the quit rate for all industries remained fairly stable, hovering around 2.4 percent. What is it that drives employees to leave warehousing jobs more than positions in other industries? More… Continue Reading

Cable Paralleling and Other Value-Added Services for Electrical Suppliers

What sets your electrical supply operation apart from the big online retailers? The rise of omnichannel retail and mega-e-commerce outlets means electricians can buy their cable, wire, and material handling supplies from pretty much anywhere, often at bargain-basement prices. But, as a dedicated electrical materials supplier, you have something the big companies don’t: expertise. If you can translate that expertise… Continue Reading

E-Commerce Strategies for Electrical Supply Companies

Toward the end of 2018, just 42 percent of U.S. electrical distributors offered their customers an e-commerce experience. That’s according to a surprising study from credit management platform Apruve, which released a report comparing e-commerce in the electrical supply industry. Providers that operate e-commerce sites tended to be larger and more established — again, a surprise, when the narrative of… Continue Reading

Supply Chain Trends for 2019

Labor shortages. Automation. The growth of omnichannel retail. The trends that transformed the global supply chain over the past few years are likely to continue for some time; these forces also provide hints as to what’s to come in the near future. In fact, some of 2019’s challenges are clearly on the horizon. Here are a few of the market… Continue Reading

OSHA Fall Protection Rules for Construction Electricians

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues fall-protection rules for workers in the construction industry, including installation electricians. While construction electricians may not face the same risks as electrical workers in other fields — linemen, for instance, or wind-turbine maintenance techs — wiring a new construction often requires electricians to work at height. The risks of such work are… Continue Reading

Rising Construction Material Prices: Tips for Electrical Contractors

Market forces have aligned to create rising construction material prices, and electrical contractors in the industry are faced with a dilemma: Do they pass those prices onto builders, and, ultimately, the customer? Or do they take the hit themselves? A handful of trends combine to create these price increases. There are the tariffs on steel and aluminum, of course. New… Continue Reading

Electric Forklifts in Multichannel Retail Facilities

Brick-and-mortar retailers that run e-commerce channels out of existing stores have a competitive advantage, especially if they operate multiple locations. The combined retail space/distribution center offers retailers incredible access to customers, whether they’re picking items up in the store or having them shipped directly. There is one challenge, however: Space. The retail store and the distribution center have totally different… Continue Reading

Custom-Built Industrial Carts from BHS, Inc. Meet Unique Specifications

Nov. 13, 2018 — St. Louis, MO — BHS, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material-handling equipment, now offers fully customized Order Picking Carts to meet exact customer specifications. Buyers can choose from virtually any combination of sizes, shapes, shelf configurations, caster designs, and more. “We started offering Order Picking Carts primarily for the warehousing industry, and designed them accordingly,” said Melissa Bowen, of BHS Marketing. “But dealers and customers kept asking us for carts designed for more niche applications. The best way to deliver is to work with them to build solutions for specific uses.” Stock Order Picking Carts contain three steel shelves over a steel, powder-coated base. With a custom unit, users can add as many shelves as they… Continue Reading