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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

TT-978: Battery Room Safety – Signage & Posting

Clear, concise warning signs prevent accidents, alert staff of potential dangers, and contribute to a safe and well-run warehouse. According to several safety agencies signage is also a requirement to comply with federal regulations. BHS provides Signage and Posting that can be purchased as a kit or individually to ensure compliance. Description: The Occupational Health and Safety Administration states: “Caution signs shall be used only to warn against potential hazards or to caution against unsafe practices. All employees shall be instructed that caution signs indicate a possible hazard against which proper precaution should be taken. Safety instruction signs shall be used where there is a need for general instructions and suggestions relative to safety measures.” (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.145(c)(2-3)) The… Continue Reading

Eliminate Supply Chain Bottlenecks at Distribution Centers

Supply chain bottlenecks can slam the brakes on a booming economy, say economic analysts. Currently, market capacity is limited by a shortage in labor; there simply aren’t enough truck drivers on the road to move goods in sufficient quantity. However, the shipping industry is responding. Trucking firms are offering pay hikes and hiring bonuses in an effort to attract new… Continue Reading

TT-977 Battery Room Safety – Safety Shower and Eye Wash Stations

Affected: All Forklift Battery Rooms and Charging Areas According to several safety agencies, drench showers and eye wash stations are a requirement in any battery room. BHS offers several models of eye washes, including a portable unit for areas without plumbing access as well as a shower/eye wash combination unit to ensure compliance. Description: The Occupational Health and Safety Administration states: “Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.” (OSHA standard 1910.151(c)) “Facilities for quick drenching of the eyes and body shall be provided within 25 feet (7.62 m) of… Continue Reading