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Storepro Midwinter Awards 2019

It’s been a busy year at Storepro and everyone was looking forward to letting their hair down at our annual Midwinter Awards Night. We love getting together and celebrating the year, and the awards are a great way to recognise each other for the effort we’ve put in.

We couldn’t go past the stunning view from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Quarterdeck Restaurant again so we packed it out with awesome people, a DJ and a lot of laughing for a wicked good time.

Our winners this year are:

Solid-as-Steel Award for taking ownership

Kim


The Storebro Award for brilliant service to their internal customers

Carly


Team Player of the Year for building a supportive culture

Arie


Installer of the Year for consistent and excellent execution

Tyrone


The Ron Payne Award for Excellence

Tracey


The Houdini Award for his disappearing acts

Gino


Outstanding Customer Service Award for outstanding external customer service

Eden


 


Making the most of your space – a guide to pallet racking utilisation

Part two


Best racking for your business

The best type of racking for your business will depend on a few different criteria, so here’s a basic overview of the main ones.

Inventory turnover

Inventory turnover takes into account the frequency of your incoming and outgoing goods, the time the stock sits on your shelves and the rate and quantity at which it moves. For instance, a high-volume, high-turnover and seasonal industry such as supermarket stockrooms or fashion apparel hubs will benefit from a large capacity, easy access system such as VNA or drive in. A low-turnover, high-volume and non-seasonal industry such as car/truck parts or wholesale supplies will suit a double deep or selective pallet racking system. A high-volume, low-turnover seasonal operation will fit well with automated shuttle racking.

Stock movement information such as FIFO (first in, first out) and FILO (first in, last out) will dictate the racking type as well – non-perishable stock usually works on FILO where as stock with use-by dates or FMCGs will work on FIFO.

  Volume Turnover FIFO FILO
Selective pallet racking  Medium High Y Y
Drive in racking High Low N Y
Double deep racking  Medium-High High N Y
Push back racking High Medium-High N Y
Very narrow aisle (VNA) racking  Medium-High Medium-High Y Y
Automated shuttle racking High Low Y Y

Inventory volume

The physical size and number of your stock will dictate the type of racking required as much as your physical space and budget will. This also varies based on the uniformity of size and weight of your product. Large or oddly-shaped items will fit best into selective pallet racking while standard boxed or wrapped items can be slotted into VNA or drive-in pallet racking with more ease. A business with many small items likewise will find the best utilisation in VNA or drive in while a business with fewer and larger items will be suited to double deep or selective racking.

MHE equipment

Whether you already have your equipment or you will purchase to suit, each piece of machinery will be ideal for a type of racking system. The good news is that standard forklifts and reach trucks will work with most types of racking: selective, drive in, push back, automated shuttle or double deep. Some systems may need additional forklift parts such as telescopic arms. For our more specialised systems such as VNA, you’ll need an order picker or a ‘man up picker’ which sends the operator up with the forks (hence the name).

Different racking also has different aisle space, so it’s important to make sure any racking has enough maneuverability.

  Aisle width MHE
Selective pallet racking  3 – 3.5m Forklift / reach truck
Drive in racking 3 – 4m Forklift / reach truck
Double deep racking  1.6 – 1.8m Telescopic forklift
Push back racking 3 – 3.5m Forklift / reach truck
Very narrow aisle (VNA) racking  1.6 – 1.8m Order picker
Automated shuttle racking 3 – 3.5m Forklift / reach truck

Ambient temperature

For warehouses that are temperature controlled to a level that is unsuitable for human comfort, an automated shuttle racking system is a must-have. This reduces the time that staff spend in the unsuitable temperature and will operate well within -30°C to +55°C.All other pallet racking systems will function well in both low and high temperature warehouses but may need additional coating depending on humidity and moisture levels. For any storage outside the ordinary, a specialised supplier will recommend the best system and finish for you.

Floor and pallet utilisation


Each pallet racking system will offer differing levels of floor space usage. The physical size and volume of stock will dictate the best system, but for those businesses that can use several options or who are limited by their building space, floor utilisation is a useful metric.

Likewise, the number of pallets you need to store is a principle consideration – the footprint of each system may affect the design but many systems can go as high as your space will allow such as selective, VNA, and shuttle and will offer better use of a high stud warehouse.

  Floor used for storage Pallets per 1000sqm
Selective pallet racking  40% 1000
Drive in racking 68% 2000
Double deep racking  55% 1300-1500
Push back racking 65-70% 1500-2000
Very narrow aisle (VNA) racking  45-50% 1500-1800
Automated shuttle racking 75-80% 2000

As you can see, there’s a lot more to pallet racking design than some posts and beams. Each of these factors will play a part in deciding what the best way to store your product will be. Ultimately, the best way to make sure you get the most value for money is to engage a specialist at the beginning of your planning. Even before a new build, a designer can help navigate the building codes, consents and componentry around your business requirements. Good racking is an investment in protection of your assets and should be customised to your needs every time.

If you’re after just such a designer and just such a company, we happen to be experts in storage solutions. We cover all of NZ and we’ve seen it all before so give us a call or an email and let us know your problem – we guarantee to make the most of your storage space.

 

 


Making the most of your space – a guide to pallet racking utilisation

 

While many might think that pallet racking is simply a matter of erecting as many frames as possible into your space, the reality is that the type of racking you choose and how it is designed has vital implications for your business productivity. Installing the wrong racking with a bad design can be a potentially costly mistake.

Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your view, there are many different and customisable systems for storing your products. In New Zealand, the most common types of racking are:

Selective pallet racking

Drive in racking

Double deep racking

Push back racking

Very narrow aisle (VNA) racking

Automated shuttle racking

Depending on factors such as your inventory movement system, your available space and budget – what works best will be different for each business. Generally, you will never have 100% utilisation as even systems such as selective pallet racking which are one pallet deep and available individually will need room for stock movement, incoming and outgoing goods.

Racking types – the lowdown

Selective pallet racking


The most common type of racking for a reason: cost effective, works for a wide range of product types, can be retrofitted or adjusted with minimal fuss and extremely customisable. Selective pallet racking is primarily made up of reinforced frames with beams and suitable for all applications.

Drive in racking


Rows of pallet storage lanes are arranged with operating aisles between them to allow transport and access to each lane. Lanes can be built from 2-10 deep - ideal for bulk storage.

Double deep racking


Potentially adding 50% more storage space, double deep racking stores pallets 2-4 deep (rather than the standard 1) with standard pallet racking components

Push back racking


Working on gravity-fed rails, the push back racking system allows pallets to be stored between 2 and 6 deep on carriers. The loaded pallets are placed into the rack aisle by “pushing back” with a forklift.

Very narrow aisle (VNA) racking


VNA pallet racking is placed closer together than standard systems. Access to VNA racking is by special forklift trucks, which are guided in the aisles by either floor mounted rails or electronic wire guidance technology. It allows direct access to every pallet and is ideal for large volumes of multiple product lines.

Semi-automated shuttle racking

Shuttle racking is controlled by a remote-type system that moves goods in and out of a deep storage tunnel, similar to a drive-in set up. A shuttle cart runs up and down the aisle laneways taking pallets backwards and forwards, replacing the need for forklifts to stack every pallet in its own location.

Part two next week: we'll get into the details and compare which system will work best for your business.

 


We're Hiring


We are looking for an experienced Operations and Installations Manager to join our Auckland based team. This vital role will manage and lead the smooth running of the warehouse, installationteam and projects and support staff ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction. And that all work is completed to the highest standard, health and safety compliant, within a fun and positive environment.

It's no small job, but if you're up for the challenge, apply through one of the links below:

Seek - https://www.seek.co.nz/job/38383855?searchrequesttoken=dfc30305-f312-4c26-9a79-43c5108b5895&type=standout
Trademe -https://www.trademe.co.nz/jobs/manufacturing-operations/management/listing-1956879196.htm?rsqid=d1db9be9be204cf0869bd6be47ce1f31
Yudu - https://www.yudu.co.nz/manufacturing-operations-jobs/operations-and-installations-manager/2326125

 

 


Christmas Opening Hours


We're taking a little break.

But if you need anything, we'll be finishing up here on the 21st December 2018 and back with a skeleton crew on the 7th January 2019. Have a fantastic Christmas break with your family and friends and we'll see you in the new year.

 


Storepro at the MHL Expo 2018

We've just finished out a busy three days at the Materials Handling & Logistics Expo at the ASB Showgrounds. We were so pleased to meet so many new people - potential customers and old friends - so thanks for stopping by.

We were stoked with the attention our Mini Forklift Time Trial Championship saw at the stand. Conceived and planned by our fantastic designers, the forklifts were a huge hit, with the winner, Mike Kerr of Jaytech Industries, taking home a remote control forklift of his own. The competition was fierce, with the morning of the first day of the show already seeing contestants down to under a minute and some natural aptitude with remote controls often making a run look effortless. We were impressed with some of the first timers smashing records when our own staff had been playing with them for weeks and not coming close to their times.

A huge thank you to all the staff who helped out on the stand and stayed cheery even when their feet started to hurt. Thanks also to our wonderful supply chain - the warehouse, sales and ops support and the install team for pulling everything together and building such a great looking display. We'll be back in 2020 with something even better and looking forward to doing it all over again.

 





Our New Website Is Live


Welcome to our redesigned, reconfigured and remarkable new website! This is the culmination of a lot of work from our internal team and partners and we're pretty proud of it. Menus and product pages have been simplified for ease of browsing and we've expanded the Storepro Solutions tale in the Our Story section. You'll find it easier to navigate through our Services as well so please have a look around and let us know what you think in the comments or through the Contact page.

Storepro Awards Night 2018

"Another fantastic year with an amazing team"

We held our annual Storepro Team Awards and Midwinter function last Friday night in the beautiful rooms of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on Auckland's waterfront.
Managing Director Aaron hosted the formalities, doling out anecdotes and laughs along with the peer-nominated awards that celebrated our values and spoofed our mistakes. A great evening was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to our award winners!

 

Nice Guy or Gal Award

 

Winner – Gerard Boesley

 

Runners Up – Rebecca Hewitt and Stan Sami

Get it Right Award

 

Winner – Stan Sami

Runners Up – Anna Half, Angela Walker and Keith Tucker


The Ron Payne Award for Excellence

 

Winner – Teanau Henry


Runners Up – Cheryl Guile and Marc Padman


Commitment Award

 

Winner – Angela Walker


Runners Up – Brock Sengers and Jason Young

 

Team Player of the Year Award

 

Winner – Gino Casciaro


Runners Up – Teanau Henry and Eden Boyd

 

Installer of the Year Award

 

Winners – Kim Carpenter and Jason Young


Runners Up – Jeremiah Crawford and Tyrone Reid


Wooden Spoon Award

 

Winner – Gary Fitzpatrick

 

Runners Up – Brock Sengers and Gino Casciaro

 

Houdini Award

 

Winner – Gino Casciaro


Runners Up – Gary Fitzpatrick and Ian Baker

 

Long Service Award

Krez Yates


 

Job Vacancy: Sales Superstar

Storepro is a kiwi company that has been around since 2004 and are at the top of our game. As New Zealand’s leading storage solutions company we provide racking and shelving from design to installation with passion and have a good time doing it. Based in Penrose, Auckland with branches and distributors throughout New Zealand we are looking for a sales superstar to join our team, be successful, grow your own area and future.

If you love getting out of bed in the morning and meeting people, and are not afraid of the phone then you could be the one! You will love targets (and getting paid for hitting them), be organised and relish sealing the deal.

We don’t expect industry knowledge, but you must be able to read a tape measure and get excited about going into a warehouse, as this is where the rubber meets the road! So, if you scrub up well, enjoy working hard and getting well paid for it, show us how good you are by emailing your dets through ASAP.

This role is salary based with an achievable uncapped monthly commission plan, together with a company vehicle and the usual tools of trade. Oh, and as there is some traveling you will need a full driving license and be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

Email people@storepro.co.nz for more information or to apply - please include a covering letter telling us why you think you are great and a CV to prove it.

Storepro is New Zealand’s largest privately owned pallet racking supplier, offering an extensive range of commercial racking and warehouse shelving systems. www.storepro.co.nz

ERP Go-Live: June 1st

On Friday 1st June, Storepro will change over to a new ERP system, Netsuite, which will provide significant improvements to the way we operate across all our business departments.

We’ve done lots of testing and are confident that Netsuite will deliver better financial, supply chain and customer relationship management. All of which means a better experience for our customers.

While we’re taking every possible measure to ensure a smooth transition on go-live day, it’s possible that orders may take a little longer to process over the next few days.

Please bear with us during this time and don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any concerns.