How One New England Town Created Room For An Extra Mile

How One New England Town Created Room For An Extra Mile

Sharon, Massachusetts, is crammed full of history and historical artifacts. And like much of the area around Boston, it’s also densely built up. When the Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations decided to consolidate their scattered collections into a single facility in Sharon, there was no available land to build an expansive new storage facility to house their ever-growing collection of archival materials – everything from Native American treasures to old maps and deeds, early Colonial objects, and more recent historic photographs.

Creative use of available space was the only option, and Yankee ingenuity saved the day. Watch the time-lapse video as over one mile of high-density storage shelving is installed in a single room: http://bit.ly/1grz54z

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Repurpose, Re-Use, Recycle: Transforming The Atchison Military Storage Facility

Repurpose, Re-Use, Recycle: Transforming The Atchison Military Storage Facility

When we think of high-density storage, a limestone cave in Kansas is probably not the first thing that springs to mind. Yet for more than 60 years the U.S. Army’s go-to storage facility was the 127-acre Atchison Cave, housing everything from emergency food supplies to production machine tools to vital documents, all in a climate-controlled underground environment. The cave began as a limestone quarry in 1886. During World War II, the Army repurposed it as a strategic storage facility: http://bit.ly/1i8JnuS.  Now it’s being reinvented yet again, this time as an underground entertainment attraction. Add it to your road-trip itinerary!

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When Clothing Stores Are Bursting at the Seams, They Hit the Wall – Literally

When Clothing Stores Are Bursting at the Seams, They Hit the Wall – Literally

Retailers need to keep plenty of merchandise in their storerooms to replenish the racks. A customer who wants to buy an item that just sold out isn’t only a lost sale today, but perhaps many lost sales forever. However, real estate costs discourage retailers from allocating much, if any, of their high-dollar space for inventory storage. It’s enough to make a retailer bang his head against the wall – and that wall could actually be the solution. Take a look at how wall space can be transformed into efficient storage:  http://bit.ly/1itoeKE

See examples of these wall-mounted rack lifts in the Lift & Storage Systems booth at GlobalShop 2014, March 18-20, at the Mandalay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas (www.globalshop.org), Booth 1289. We’ll see you there!

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How Many Books? One Billion – and Counting

How Many Books? One Billion – and Counting

It’s an almost unimaginable number. Nearly one billion books are housed on the shelves of U.S. libraries. Despite the advent of e-readers like the Kindle and the iPad, the publishing industry adds an estimated 25 million to the tally each year. It seems the printed page isn’t going to be obsolete any time soon.

But the never-ending river of books has to be stored somehow, somewhere. Facilities like the Library of Congress, assisted by National Office Systems, are adopting modern high-density materials handling technology to store and track their books in purpose-built facilities (http://1.usa.gov/1dYsyhJ).  Others are looking to long-term storage with automated retrieval systems, particularly for collections that aren’t regularly accessed by scholars (http://bit.ly/1fsh3Vh). Library administrators can devote more areas to research and study space rather than shelf space, while these off-site storage facilities, with their emphasis on high density, are preserving the enormous written output of humanity for future researchers.

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