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Choosing the right B2B company

More than just a web shop

websiteWhy you should choose a company that offers much more than just e-commerce.

10 July 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (101)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Adapting forklift trucks and stackers ...

... can offer great benefits

drum attachmentBusinesses are often faced with the need to provide new or additional materials handling or access procedures in order to deal with trading expansion, health and safety implementation or new legal requirements. It is very easy to overlook the existing equipment that you already have within your organisation, that could easily be adapted to suit the task in hand.

01 July 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (139)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Why choose podium steps over step ladders or access towers?

podium stepPodium steps are considered a safer method of low-level access than conventional stepladders and platform steps. They comprise of a climbing ladder frame but fitted with a 360° fully enclosed working platform area and normally come with the option of having outrigged stabilisers fitted in order to increase base stability.

28 May 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (134)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

It’s just a pallet truck …

… aren’t they all the same?

pallet truckWhen you normally think of pallet trucks you think of a helpful tool that moves wooden or plastic pallets around a warehouse or factory floor. Well, of course they do predominately do that, but there are also a whole variety of other styles that are designed for many different tasks or uses in less traditional environments.

02 May 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (153)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Project management in warehouse/factory refurbishment

Knowing when to step forward and when to delegate

office constructionHaving the responsibility for a large warehouse or factory project can be a huge undertaking. However, there’s no need to face this task alone. There are professional companies well placed to handle part or all of the work. Knowing how to delegate is the only skill you’ll need! Find a company that can schedule, organise and deliver it all on time, leaving you to continue with your normal work duties.

02 May 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (139)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

One wrong decision can be costly!

How to choose the correct pallet racking system

pallet rackingChoosing pallet racking for your business can be a very tricky exercise. There are so many options, styles, sizes and basic considerations that you need to factor into making the correct choice. Most decisions on whether to use pallet racking are based on either the need to use a more economic method of storing pallets at your facility, the need to improve the speed of delivery of pallets to customers or the improved use of the pallet contents within your own business..

11 April 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (141)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

A buyers' guide to cash & carry trucks

“Three wheels on my wagon and I'm not rolling along!”

cash & carry trolleysThe UK's ‘Cash & Carry’ grocery wholesaling trade was first reported as starting in June 1957 with the opening of Vye and Son in Ramsgate, a subsidiary of the Home & Colonial Group. But Lawrence Batley is widely accredited as the originator of the concept in the UK and in April 1958, L. Batley & Co. of Huddersfield opened a large 30,000 sq. ft. modern cash & carry warehouse which was by far the biggest of its kind to date.

04 April 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (323)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Now that's a smart idea!

Money saving PVC strip curtains

pvc strip curtainPVC strip door curtains are a very cost-effective way to save your business money and improve working conditions. They can be introduced both internally and externally around your buildings with the minimum of ease.

11 March 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (188)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

A buyer's guide to electric platform trucks

Why you should consider getting one

electric trolleyThe electric platform truck can save operator fatigue, increase speed and efficiency whilst maximising the time taken to complete picking, packing and despatch tasks.

07 February 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (172)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Play your cards right in 2019

Planning boards can help you prepare

grit packA new year quite often brings with it, new intentions, both personal ones and business objectives. With all the unknowns surrounding 'Brexit' and its possible impact on UK companies, now is the time to examine your business and get prepared for a new era of trading.

08 January 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (382)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.4

Reel lifters

The benefits of owning one and what you need to consider before purchase

light duty stackerWhilst every company is unique in its own way, the work problems it can encounter on a daily basis are often shared throughout industry. Action Handling has a 48 year trading history, during which it has accrued a fountain of knowledge, so when it comes to finding solutions for work problems, we can often pull on previous projects completed for other customers with similar hurdles to jump.

19 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (577)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

Better to be safe than sorry when handling gas cylinders

Helpful advice for moving and storing dangerous cylinders

gas cylinder handlingBefore buying cylinder handling and storage equipment it is important to understand and assess how different types of cylinders need to be handled and also to establish the actual requirements of individual gases by identifying them in the first place.

01 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (521)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

We just love to moan about it … the British weather!

But it's time for businesses' to develop strategic planning for it

too hot to workWere you prepared when the temperatures soared? Why is it that UK companies never quite seem to get ahead with extreme weather planning? In the latest heat wave, suppliers across the country ran out of fans, air conditioning units, water coolers and even cold drink machines. To avoid this happening again, Action Handling advise their clients to put in place a strategic plan to cover all the seasons and all the possible extreme weather problems that can happen.

22 August 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (558)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6

Industrial shelving

Choosing the right type for your needs


shelves for storageThere is an extremely wide selection of office and industrial shelving that contains designs to suit all environments. Whether you are outfitting a home-office, storeroom, warehouse or industrial plant, units nowadays are quoted as being fast delivery items and very easy to install. 

12 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (647)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Steel handling racks

For safe storage solutions

strong shelvingWe've written previously about workplace storage, and how an efficient, well-organised system can boost productivity as well as improve your work environment. Now let's delve a little deeper. Providing correct storage for each item is part of safe materials handling, which is where our range of steel handling racks come into play.

12 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (542)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

Organisation

The key to success

Longspan shelvingBusiness coaches, entrepreneurs and lifestyle gurus all tout the benefits of organisation when it comes to doing business effectively and achieving your goals. Increased productivity, employee well being and a sense of being able to get things done can all be achieved simply by making sure your workplace is well organised - surprising, isn't it?

11 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (575)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Uplifting

Forklift truck attachments

Forklift truck attachmentsForklift trucks are an indispensible piece of equipment for many in the materials handling industry. Traditionally used for lifting and stacking, they can also be customised by adding attachments, adding to their versatility within your business.

11 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (616)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

Drum Beat

Storage drum uses

drum lifting equipmentSteel drum barrels have been in use for many years to store and transport various items. They've also been used in less orthodox circumstances, such as musical instruments native to Trinidad and Tobago, urban bonfire pits and even by several daredevils who decided to tackle Niagara Falls inside steel drums of varying shapes and sizes. One bright spark even enclosed his drum in inner tubes (amazingly, he survived).

11 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (579)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

Utilise gravity and increase productivity

How to choose a gravity roller conveyor


bendy conveyorGravity roller conveyor is often referred to as gravity conveyor, roller conveyor or just plain old conveyor. Conveyor in its most basic form is made up of an outer framework and a series of rollers fitted within that frame over which goods can be rolled from point A to B.

20 April 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (720)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

Archive storage

Never lose paperwork again!


archive storageWhether in the home or at the office, storage space is always at a premium. Even in this digital age, a mountain of paperwork can still develop very quickly, much of which you’ll want to keep and some, such as company accounts you must keep by law. How long you retain your books and records for, varies depending on exactly what they are and what type of business you run.

22 February 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (843)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6

Bicycle racks

Ditch the lycra

On my travels around the country visiting industrial estates and business parks (I know living the dream!) one thing has started to stand out, the increase of cycle racks and bicycle shelters outside offices, factories and production plants. I guess with parking at an all-time premium and a strive for a healthier life-style and bosses being more open to funding for such items these days I suppose it makes sense that as a nation we look at alternatives to the car and public transport.

 

05 August 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (949)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8

Turntable trucks

Helping you to move goods efficiently

Turntable TruckThere are many types of hand truck or trolley available to the industrial sector today and many of them have names that we have all heard of before…..flatbed truck, rough terrain truck, platform truck, hand trailer, warehouse truck etc. Sometimes they seem to be referred to as trucks and sometimes as trolleys. What`s the difference? To be honest I`m not quite sure anybody really knows! Certainly Wikipedia seems to struggle with that.

28 July 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1161)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6

How to choose the correct stacker truck

Questions to ask yourself when choosing a stacker truck

A stackerThey lift and move pallets of goods around from point to point and are generally used in warehouses, factories and goods inwards departments. Some models are often used to move un-palletised goods like machine parts, boxes, drums and cartons but then they would normally need to be fitted with a fork platform or lifting attachment to suit the load.

07 July 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1042)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

Pallet truck repairs

Maintain it, repair it or send it to the skip?

Pallet truck being servicedMy TV repair man came around the other week to fix a problem with my 10 year old flat screen LED. I was somewhat surprised when to my joy the problem was fixed and it only cost me £78. I was expecting the usual ‘Oh sorry mate, that model must be at least 2 years old and you might as well throw it away and buy another one’.

14 June 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1388)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Three-in-one sack truck

One product that does three jobs!

Three Way Sack TruckWith such an array of hand trucks and trolleys flooding the industrial market place it can sometimes be totally baffling to know which sack truck or trolley to select for your workplace or indeed even home use. The choice seems endless from folding foot, fixed toe plate, mesh infill back, curved back the list of different variations of the product are vast and that’s before we even get into the realms of handles and wheeling, So to find a sack truck that can perform a host of applications there may well be a very savvy choice.

07 June 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1130)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6

Key points

For choosing key cabinets

 

Key CabinetMany facility management companies are finding that key storage on industrial sites is becoming a major security issue. Whether it be manufacturing plants, construction sites, office blocks or even for the more public of places like schools, sporting venues, community halls, shopping centres, hospitals and hotels……..key security must be taken as a strategically planned and risk assessed procedure. Appropriate key and padlock storage systems are used to ensure you never lose keys again and also to enable managers access to control keys on site by the use of key security cabinets. An index system within the units supplied will mean that any site manager or authorised personnel will be able to collect the correct keys every time as they are numbered and colour matched for fast identification.

 

05 April 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1079)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Growing Begonias

Drown them all Sir!

Garden Centre BarrowIt's that time of the year when keen or even not so keen gardeners turn their attentions to the planting of garden plants. A very good friend of mine and knowledgeable gardener tells me that Begonias need a damn good regular drowning and that sweet peas need lots of loving care and attention. Bulbs like Gladioli can be planted at this time of year but one should ensure that the deciduous trees in the locality have to be well 'into leaf' to offer their protection to the soil. Now quite how he knows all these things are a complete mystery to me seeing as he seems to spend all his time in the bookies or the pub!! But what I do know, is that he knows his garden plants ... and I don't!

 

04 March 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1222)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Pallet collars

Store more items on your pallets

Pallet Collars are a very simple product that has been designed to increase the storage area of items on a pallet. Traditional pallets are flat and that often restricts the amount of goods that can be loaded onto them. Pallet collars build up four retaining sides around the pallet, therefore providing an increased loading possibility

29 February 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1373)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Cash & Carry

More ... see it, pick it and wheel it

Cash and carry truckFrom its humble beginnings in the mid nineteen twenties the Wholesale Warehouse more latterly known as the Cash & Carry, although the first street appearance of the term is widely accredited to Lawrence Batley who didn't open Batley's Cash and Carry in Huddersfield until 1958.

22 February 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1175)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Trucking around

A materials handling essential

trucking aroundWhen we refer to trucks in the materials handling industry, we are referring to a wheeled platform used to convey loads in a warehouse or factory setting. Sometimes these trucks can be motorised, and they come in many shapes and sizes, depending on their end use. Action Handling has supplied trucks to industries across the UK for over forty years, and we have a large range of different types available.

13 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1200)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Essential storage solutions

Something for every business

essential storage solutionsEvery company needs storage. Whatever you do, whatever you sell, you will require storage of some sort in order to keep your business structured and efficient. While there is a huge choice of storage options out there, with a little bit of knowledge it’s easy to choose the best solution for your needs.

12 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1125)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

What’s in your cupboard?

Things to consider before making a purchase

walk in cold storageAny business considering the purchase of a storage cupboard should ask themselves several questions before making their decision. While this may seem obvious, a little consideration before purchase means you’ll get the correct equipment for the job at hand.

11 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1923)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Walk-in cold storage

How it revolutionised the restaurant industry

walk in cold storageIn today’s hospitality, catering and foodservice industries, serving top quality produce is essential. As such, proper refrigeration of goods is a vital part of a successful business. Purchasing food products (or any type of product) in bulk is a great way to save money, but only if you have the facilities to store those goods until it’s time to sell. In addition, the fast pace of food preparation means that food must be accessible when needed. Most importantly, your goods need to be kept cool – maintaining food safety, freshness and flavour. A walk-in cooler or freezer gives you safe cold storage and accessibility, making it the ideal solution.

10 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1233)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

A Good Housekeeper

NuKeeper Product Range

a good housekeeperOur NuKeeper product range offers an extensive choice of cleaning equipment, opening up a multitude of possibilities within the professional cleaning sector. Much of the product range is unique, with key patented features designed to blend today’s technology with our own brand of quality-based common-sense engineering.

 
02 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (985)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Sack truck buyer's guide

Which sack truck?

sack truck buyers guideFor the past forty years, Action Handling have supplied trucks and trolleys in a huge range of designs, sizes and capabilities to clients across the UK, so you could say we’re pretty familiar with them. We understand that, for the average user, your requirements may just be for “a standard sack truck”. However, when we further analyse the everyday use of the machine, it allows us to supply the most suitable equipment for your specific needs. If you are wondering which sack truck, what sack truck or are just looking for a description of sack trucks this buyer's guide will help.

 
28 October 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1520)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

Thinking Ahead

Making Informed Choices For Shelving Systems

thinking aheadWhen looking at buying any shelving system it’s a good idea to think ahead of your present specification. In our forty years experience supplying the materials handling industry, we’ve found that customer requirements can change within a very short space of time.

 
19 October 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1075)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Connect2 instructions

Easy Shelving/Racking Assembly

TConnect 2 Instructionswo competent people show the correct assembly of the Connect2 shelving system.

13 October 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (940)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

A chain reaction

Shelving procurement requirements

A Chain ReactionWhen you introduce a shelving or racking system into a warehouse, you’ll require other associated material handling equipment, a fact that is often overlooked when making the decision to implement these systems. We strongly urge customers to contact us prior to purchase, in order to discuss the complete package of equipment that may be needed. Even taking into account that either a stacker or a fork-lift truck will be required, these items require a level of operator training and a comprehensive maintenance program to support the on-going efficient use of the machine.

13 October 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1006)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Racking up

With the Action Handling panel rack

Racking and ShelvingWe’ve written previously about the importance of secure tool storage on- and off-site, and Action Handling supply a wide range of secure storage options.

However, when you need tools to hand, having them locked away in a box or vault isn’t the best option, and neither is having them scattered around your workshop or factory – an easy way for items to become damaged or displaced.

We’re pretty keen on our double-sided standing panel, which we think offers an easy-to-install and access solution to your tool storage needs. Available in four heights and two finishes, the unit comes complete with an accessory kit and optional base tray.

10 October 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1063)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Keeping things organised

An organised storeroom is a productive storeroom

Keeping things organisedWe all know that it doesn’t take much for an organised and tidy stockroom to quickly become a mess. When things get busy, it’s sometimes easier to cut corners and go back later – however, leaving stock, empty cardboard boxes, packaging and numerous other items lying around can seriously impact on the efficiency and safety of your storage area. If this is happening on a regular basis, perhaps it’s time to assess your current storage requirements and make any necessary changes to improve your business.

07 October 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1092)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

An evolution in retail

Heavy duty shelving

An evolution in retailOnline shopping is a growing trend in the materials handling industry, with the number of consumers opting to shop online increasing year by year. Previously, a retailer would purchase goods or products in bulk from manufacturers or importers, either directly or through a wholesaler, and then resell them on in smaller quantities to the end user via a shop or store.

07 October 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (886)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Conveyor systems

Keeping on track

Keeping on TrackMany of us can remember the famous scene from ‘I Love Lucy’, where Lucy and Ethel was working at the Acme Candy factory, wrapping chocolates on a conveyer belt. The belt speeds up and the candies arrive more and more quickly, leading to hilarity (wonderfully conveyed by the expressive Lucille Ball). It’s a scene that has been re-used and parodied and paid homaged to many times since, and is considered one of the most famous episodes of I Love Lucy ever.

03 October 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1076)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Adjustable shelving

The flexible shelving solution

Adjustable ShelvingAdjustable shelving systems, such as our galvanised boltless shelving, offer supreme flexibility when customising your storage space to your requirements. The flexibility of an adjustable system lies in the variable positions for each shelf in relation to the vertical uprights. Whether you need to display or store products, when you use an adjustable shelving system the items can be allocated to shelves with the appropriate height adjustment. For example, small, lightweight items can be stored or displayed together on a shelf with a lower height in relation to the others in the system – this not only appears more pleasing to the eye but is also a more efficient use of the space within the shelving system.

30 September 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (984)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Expo 4 assembly instructions

Keeping things simple

Expo 4 Assembly InstructionsOne of the more popular shelving ranges at Action Handling is our Expo 4 range. Like many of our shelving units, it’s suitable for a variety of different work environments and has a number of additional accessories available. Here’s our illustrated guide to assembling your Expo 4 shelves - enjoy!

29 September 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1027)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Clean and simple

Hygienic non-corrosive shelving system

Clean and SimpleAt Action Handling, we’re always looking at ways to improve our product range and deliver the best possible options to our customers. Our hygienic shelving was already a popular range, but now, after further improvements to the design, it’s an even better option for your business.

28 September 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1080)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Card planning systems

Keeping everything organised in one place

 

Card PlanningPlanning. It’s a huge part of running every business, whether large or small. Meetings are devoted to it, whole reams of paper used up documenting it, and a vast amount of energy dispensed to implement it. In a digital age, when messages, diaries and schedules can be accessed and managed at the touch of a screen, it may seem a touch old-fashioned to use a simple wall-mounted planning system. And yet, there are benefits to such a system that you won’t get from the latest phone or tablet.

 

11 September 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1140)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

How do I store this…?

The benefits of specialist storage racks

How do I store these awkward itemsAt Action Handling, we tend to get a lot of enquiries from customers about storage for unusual shaped products and equipment. After all, the materials handling industry deals with a vast range of supplies and products across a whole range of industries, so a one-size-fits-all approach is not the best option when it comes to storage. It’s easy to browse and purchase shelving or racking that conforms to a fixed storage area but not so easy to find something suitable when your product is a little different from the norm.

09 September 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (2016)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

The allure of steel

The ongoing appeal of stainless steel in the food service industry


The allure of steelSteel is fantastic stuff. An iron alloy, it’s strong, doesn’t chip, bend, or crack easily (though it does scratch), and it stays shiny over years of use. But there’s just one problem: it rusts. Enter stainless steel, a metal alloy with about 10-11% chromium. When exposed to air, the chromium in the metal forms a film of chromium oxide over the surface. This film is passive and non-toxic, and most importantly, it prevents the steel from rusting by shielding it from air and moisture. Even if the metal gets scratched, the chromium oxide reforms seamlessly. This combination provides all the excellent properties of steel without the worry of rust.

09 September 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1057)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Efficient storage solutions

Maximize file storage with our boltless shelving system

Everything in it's placeWhen running a business, documents have to be archived in accordance with tax regulations, as well as for your own records. As your business grows, so too does the need for efficient record and file storage, combining an organised system with ease of access. At Action Handling, we have a range of archive racking to suit your requirements, whether you need to maximize your existing storage space, become better organised, or simply archive documents and records.

07 September 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1028)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Stacking up the benefits

Getting the most out of your available warehouse space

Stacking up the benefitsMany small businesses, particularly those in the retail industry, require secure space on site in which to keep stock, equipment and essential documents. Making the most of the space you have by using an efficient shelving and storage system helps to keep operations running smoothly, and using the correct type of storage equipment is key. Getting the most out of your available warehouse space, properly utilising warehouse shelving and buying products in bulk are all easy ways for small businesses to make the most of what’s available to them.

02 September 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1166)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.7

Everything in it's place ...

... and a place for everything

Everything in it's PlaceAnyone who’s ever worked in a busy office environment knows you can never have enough pigeonholes. At Action Handling, we supply multiple standard choices of pigeonhole units, with our steel bin units being one of our best sellers across most industries. A multi-purpose storage solution, the units are supplied ready assembled and painted in powder coated grey (or as required!)

25 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (994)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Think vertically

Vertical bar racks are an excellent addition to your storage and display facilities

think verticallyAction Handling’s range of vertical bar racks are an excellent addition to your storage and display facilities. Made from superior quality steel, fully welded and angled, they are both useful and cost effective. Quick and easy to assemble, the racks come with a steel base tray for added support and are available in both single and double sided versions. 

 

21 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1121)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Prime positioning

What’s the highest possible point I can position the bottom shelf on my bay?

Prime PositioningAction Handling work across a variety of industries, and our sales team are always on hand to answer questions and offer product advice. One of our most frequently asked questions is "What’s the highest possible point I can position the bottom shelf on my bay?"

20 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1055)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Top shelf advice

Shelving and racking options

top shelf adviceIf you browse our website or catalogue, it becomes immediately apparent that Action Handling supply a large range of items – over 12,000, in fact. Our shelving and racking options are very popular, with a variety of systems suited for use across different industries and applications, each with their own merits. From archived documents and food storage to nuts, bolts and large steel sheets, we have a shelf or rack unit to suit. Therefore, when it comes to choosing the right product for your needs, you need to check the features and specifications of each product to ensure it will fit your requirements.

18 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (877)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Think big!

With bulk storage

Think biggerHumans have been dealing in commerce for thousands of years, trading items large and small around the globe. As commercial enterprises grew, so did the need for mass storage as the number of items required for trade increased. The Greeks used giant storage jars called pithos, some of which were two meters tall with a weight of several tonnes, while the Romans used giant amphorae for bulk storage of food, wine and ceramics, some of which have been found in our own British Isles.

17 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1190)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Click together shelving

The easy storage solution

click together shelvingStorage can often be a problem within office and warehouse spaces, especially as businesses grow and change, but it’s also one that’s very easy to solve with the addition of additional shelving units, or by replacing your current system for something more suited to your changed requirements. If you’re looking for an easy-to-assemble, durable and versatile shelving system, Action Handling’s Click Together 265 steel shelving system is not only incredibly simple to erect, but retains all the strength you are likely to need for your storage facilities.

16 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1181)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Up on the roof

Don't be a fiddler on the roof who's up there day and night

roof laddersWhen working with ladders, it’s important to choose one with the correct specifications for the job at hand. Action Handling carry a large range of ladders for use in a variety of circumstances, including two seemingly similar yet vastly different types of Roof ladder, both specifically designed to reach the roof of any building from outside. 

07 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (2933)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

When you need space

Walk-in storage units may be the answer

archives imageAs businesses grow and expand storage space can come at a premium, yet moving to larger premises may not always be possible. Moving is expensive, especially if it’s only to accommodate excess goods or non-essential items such as archived documents – the cost of transportation, operation downtime, changing stationery, websites and signage all adds up, and may not be worth doing in the long run.

There are several ways to address the need for additional space without moving to a new address.

03 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (895)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Stepping up

Working with ladders


Step Right Up The basic design of a ladder hasn’t really changed since the very earliest days of their use, some 10,000 years ago according to the most recent archaeological evidence. Ladders have been found in Egyptian tombs and Mesolithic sites, symbolic representations showing up in ancient texts from around the world.

27 July 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1111)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0

Weighing things up

Weighing up your options for material handling

Weighing things upIn the collection at the British Museum, among many other fine things, is a small cast lion weight, found in what is now modern day Turkey. Made from a tin/bronze alloy and dating to the fifth century BC, it’s evidence of the fact that weights have been used to measure commodities for trade since ancient times, just as they are today.

27 July 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1012)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

The humble whiteboard

Where did it come from?

The humble whiteboardMy daughter came home from school the other day looking a bit put out.

     "What’s wrong?" I asked.

     "Oh, the whiteboard didn’t work so we had to do something else today" she huffed, before going off to do one of the myriad things she does after school. She was referring to the digital whiteboard used in most classrooms, where interactive videos, lessons and images all enhance the learning experience, a far cry from the dusty chalkboards of my youth. Digital displays and presentations are also the norm in businesses today, and have been for some time. PowerPoint is an old stalwart of the scene, while multimedia presentations incorporating web graphics and YouTube clips push boundaries and delight the audience. But my daughter’s comment made me consider how dependent we’ve become on the digital version and that, when the power goes out or the system malfunctions, a good old-fashioned whiteboard will never let you down.

24 June 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1073)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Taking things to the next level

Mezzanine flooring

Mazzanine flooring imageThe word mezzanine started life as a Latin word, medianus, meaning middle or central. It then changed to the Italian mezzano, before the French transformed it once more to mezzanine, the word we know today (hey thanks, Wikipedia!). It describes an intermediate floor between floors overlooking the level below, and can take a variety of forms.

06 May 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (826)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Uplifting

Customising your forklift truck

Forklift truck imageForklift trucks are an indispensible piece of equipment for many in the materials handling industry. Traditionally used for lifting and stacking, they can also be customised by adding attachments, adding to their versatility within your business.

22 April 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1090)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Steel handling racks

For safe storage solutions

Steel bar storage racksWe’ve written previously about workplace storage, and how an efficient, well-organised system can boost productivity as well as improve your work environment. Now let’s delve a little deeper. Providing correct storage for each item is part of safe materials handling, which is where our range of steel handling racks come into play.

22 April 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (983)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Step Right

Top Tips for Working With Ladders

You may be aware that Action Handling stocks a large range of ladders and accessories. But you may not know that we also have a satellite site dedicated solely to ladders and safety steps, all geared towards helping you make the right choice for your business.

29 January 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (967)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 1.0

Buying the right shelving

When our clients are looking to buying shelving for their businesses we like to point out the numerous considerations that they should be addressing before spending their money. There are a vast amount of choices available to the customer and sometimes it is very easy to make errors which ultimately can prove to be very costly if the wrong choices are made.

14 January 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1113)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

How to choose, use and look after a pallet truck

Pallet Trucks are great for moving heavy loads

One of the most popular pieces of equipment used in the UK is the simple pallet truck. They are often referred to as pump trucks, lift trucks, stillage trucks and probably a multitude of other names but in essence they all do the same job in lifting pallets for ease of movement and transportation.

 

24 November 2014/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (2546)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

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Our sales team are always available to give great advice on products, legislation and site surveys. Often we find that our customers prefer to discuss large projects or bespoke manufactured requirements on their own site rather than discussing important details just on the end of a telephone.

19 November 2014/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (8676)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.2
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