Yanche wrote:How about a shelf design w/o wheels that uses pallet jacks for moving them.
That wouldn't be a problem except getting them onto the trucks, then what about when they are on the truck? If I can't pack them in there good he'll need 6 tractor trailers. I might go 4*4 feet with the bolts and nuts but most of these are going to be 8 foot long and four feet wide. The loading dock if you want to call it that is only 2 feet off the ground so I'll need some kind of ramp to get them into the truck. My brother has some C-channel he had set up to to get the tools out of the basement, I'm going to take that and make a ramp. Once I get one ramp done we'll test it out...
I see no need for the considerable expense of have wheels on each shelf when most of the time the wheels aren't needed.
It's a hardware store.
One great thing here is I have all the hardware I need and if I don't have it like the wheels they aren't retail cost. If in the event this happens again a couple hundred dollars worth of wheels is a pretty good investment compared to $100K worth of merchandise laying out in the parking lot. Plus he'll be right back in business fast with a full store, he's lost A LOT of business because he's a victim himself. There's other advantages to the wheels like being able to rearrange them easily to accommodate other merchandise. If for example he decides to start selling coal stoves he's going to have to make a spot for them.
on a truck with a fork lift.
There is no fork lift there presently, it's unlikely he will see a flood like this again but since I can't guarantee there will be a forklift there it's not an option. I need to be able to get these onto trucks out the back door with the assumption it will be just peoaple moving them. Keep in mind Yanche with this last flood it was fast, you usually get some time so you can plan for this but this literally happened overnight.
I'm surprised they don't have a forklift now for unloading deliveries.
Largest item they get is snowblowers, they don't carry tractors.A forklift would get very little use there however they do have every nut and bolt known to man. A quick estimate and I'd say $200K worth nuts and bolts alone. As far as the hardware goes they have everything and when I say everything I mean everything. They don't for example carry drills but there was about $5K worth of damaged drill bits and he still has $5K worth of drill bits undamaged. He's actually way overstocked or was overstocked.... His Father recently passed but if you ever saw that show "Hoarders" that was him except with merchandise. The difference with him is he loved to get rid of it too as long as he was making a buck. He couldn't resist a deal and was more than willing to buy big lots of merchandise if the price was right. There's stuff in that store still stocked that was there 20 years ago when I worked there.
I'll have to tell this funny story his daughter in law told me.... He comes back with this Furby around Christmas time when they were all the rage years ago and she says she asked him how the hell he managed to get it. Apparently he was at the mall and said there was this big line of women.. so he got in line. LOL. He bought the damn thing and didn't even know what it was. Sold it for very nice profit.