Material Handling Industry: Hot Topics & Next Level Solutions

Next Level, an expert in material handling, with over 30 years industry knowledge wants to address the elephant in the room. No pun intended, but today, the elephant we speak of is E-commerce. The fastest growing segment in the world has truly taken industries by storm offering fast delivery of commodity products. Next Level is here to help those companies and yours evolve with the need for speed.

Market Trends & Challenges:

  • E-commerce Boom: As one can imagine and those in the industries affected by e-commerce can certainly see, the market is booming. With more fulfillment centers opening all the time, major warehouses being built and filled to the brim with products, it truly makes the world of small businesses and retail a piece of history. For consumers, however, it makes life much easier as one never needs to leave their home to shop, and they can typically receive their items the next day. This is not an easy task for any company and requires a new way of thinking logistically. 
  • Labor Shortages: With the boom of e-commerce however, we are notably noticing labor shortages in industries across the board requiring a new need for the world of automation. Automated retrieval Systems, Automated mobile robots, pick module systems, Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors and more play a large role in these distribution marvels. VRC’s only require one person to operate and can move large loads of products or materials from one floor to many others. Automated retrieval systems like Auto Store and PIO offer the ability to use mobile shuttles to pick small items without the need for a human operator. Next Level knows these systems are vital in the industry and have helped keep those systems stable in high seismic areas with our seismic towers.
  • Supply Chain Disruptions: Over the past few years during the Pandemic, and beyond, everyone had an opportunity to see all the shortcomings and lack of efficiency in the supply chain. This prompted many to start the process of designing the systems mentioned above or improving upon those systems to ensure that disruptions like that do not happen again. Considering that response however, we are beginning to see additional supply chain disruptions, as the need for movement of materials efficiently is growing at exponential rates.


Next Level Solutions for Today’s Market:

  • Optimizing Warehouse Layouts: The importance of optimizing space utilization to improve workflow is paramount in today’s world. Next Level’s experience in design and implementation services for creating efficient and functional warehouse layouts is key, with a variety of racking systems and space-saving solutions. Going vertical is much less expensive, more efficient and Next Level can show you how. Purchasing more land or expanding an existing facility horizontally is not the answer. 
  • Inventory Management & Control: Integrating new automated systems for retrieving your items will help you control your inventory. Adding a Mezzanine floor will help with needed space and organization equally helping keep your inventories correct.
  • Safety in the Warehouse: With Next Level, safety is most important. We want to protect your most important investment, people. We offer a multitude of safety products from rack protection, upright post guards, end of aisle protection, machine guards, cages and more. Keeping safety at the forefront of protecting not only your workers, but the equipment you have invested greatly in, Next Level is there. 


The Future of Material Handling:

  • Technological Advancements: Emerging technologies in the industry, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Next Level stays ahead of the curve by offering future-proof solutions that can integrate with these technologies. Next Level manufactures solutions to stand the test of time only using the strongest materials allowing for integration now or later without having the unnecessary need to replace.
  • Sustainability Initiatives: Sustainability is becoming a top priority for businesses across industries, and the material handling sector is no exception.  At Next Level, we understand the importance of eco-friendly practices. Our mezzanine solutions can contribute to a greener warehouse environment as we utilize a G90 finish on the structure which is highly reflective. When paired with energy-saving LED lighting systems, you can dramatically reduce power consumption compared to traditional options. Additionally, we explore sustainable materials in our storage system designs whenever possible and optimize your warehouse layout to minimize unnecessary travel and energy use by forklifts and other equipment. By partnering with Next Level, you can achieve your material handling goals while minimizing your environmental impact.


Conclusion: Evolving with E-commerce

The e-commerce boom is undeniable, and it’s fundamentally changing the way businesses operate. Next Level, with over 30 years of experience, isn’t afraid to address the “elephant in the room.” We understand the challenges of rapid fulfillment, labor shortages, and supply chain disruptions. That’s why we offer a comprehensive suite of solutions to help you evolve and thrive in this new era.


From optimizing warehouse layouts and inventory control to implementing advanced automation and prioritizing safety, Next Level is your partner in futureproofing your material handling needs. We offer not just solutions, but future-proof systems that can seamlessly integrate with emerging technologies like robotics and AI. 


Don’t let e-commerce leave you behind. Partner with Next Level and unlock a world of innovative solutions designed to meet the ever-changing demands of today’s market. 

Contact us today and let us help you take your fulfillment to the next level.


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