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The Encinitas Mile: March – Thing Two

The Encinitas Mile: March - Thing Two

A mile is hard to recap because it’s basically over before it even starts.  The morning of I didn’t know why I thought it would be fun to run a mile.  I was really nervous before the start, because it’s just so short, and right out of the gate you have to go fast.  But I just hoped adrenaline would carry me for the entire mile.

There were several different heats — kids’, under 18, masters, elite women, open women, open men, elite men and dog mile.  My heat didn’t start until 9am.  I arrived around 8:30am and parking was seamless in the .  I walked over around 8:40am, and my extent of warming up was running to the bathroom…

I started off fast and when I looked at my watch I was around a 5:30 pace. I knew this was waaay too fast, so I held back and settled into a pace even though I felt like everyone else was going to pass me.  The first quarter mile to the half mile was probably the hardest and seemingly longest.

After the turn-around things got a little easier and I stopped looking at my watch.  I hung behind this one girl in a neon shirt until I decided I could pass her. Originally, I was just going to let her pull me because the next girl seemed a little bit too far ahead to chase.  However, as the race would have it, I was able to catch up to the next girl and pass her around the last 400m mark.  At this point I just ran as hard as a could.

 

When I crossed the finish line my chest just hurt. I kept checking my spit to make sure there wasn’t any blood in it, because that’s how bad it hurt!  The mile is the shortest race I’ve ever run, but it definitely hurt the most!

I ended up with 6:09.4, 10th in the open women’s and 41 overall (there were about 300 people total).  Although I didn’t prepare for this race in any way, I achieved my goal of pushing myself to my limits and seeing how fast I could run one mile.  I’m not sure how I feel about racing one mile in general, but I could seeing it as a using it for a potential benchmark race next year.…

Marking It Up: Keeping A Well Organized Warehouse Requires Proper Signage

The internet and advancement in digital communications has opened up the world to virtually any business. You no longer need to have a huge retail space or hundreds of staff to deal with each customer as they walk in.

But what you do need, if you are supplying a product, is a big warehouse.  In fact, many ‘First Mile’ facilities are now larger than 1 million Sq ft!

The Problem of a Big Warehouse

Unfortunately, having a big warehouse comes with problems of its own:

  • Stock Numbers – the sheer amount of stock which needs to be counted and processed properly.
  • Tracking – Huge quantities of stock will be entering and leaving the warehouse on a daily basis; it needs to be monitored properly to ensure you know what you have.
  • Organizing – Knowing what the computer says you have is no good if you don’t know where the items are.

Solving the Problem

In fact, stock numbers and tracking of stock can both be solved through the application of a god computer system.

When you are first starting out you may get away with using a software system which comes off the shelf. However, the larger you grow the more you will benefit from a specialized system. It will need to be integrated with your website and any physical premises you have; to ensure you have the right stock levels displayed at all times.

This will help to ensure happy customers and a .

But, perhaps more importantly; you must be able to verify these figures. A yearly stock take, or even a quarterly one, is not enough to be certain you have the product on your shelf. What you need is random stock takes undertaken by someone not normally processing warehouse material.

Of course, they then need to be able to find the products quickly; just as your warehouse staff will need to. This is where you need professionally designed warehouse aisle signs and templates.

Signs will ensure that anyone can put the stock away in the right place and can retrieve it quickly when needed by a customer or staff member.

Professional signs will also ensure your random stock takes can be completed in just a few minutes each day; even if the stock location is changed. The professional signs can easily be moved or adjusted via a template.

Small Warehouses are Not Exempt

Although the focus here is on large warehouses; it is important to be aware that small ones are not exempt. Whether you are offering business supplies, warehouse equipment or goods for the general public; you need to keep your stock signposted.

A well organized warehouse will allow you to check for any issues as well as dramatically improving productivity; no time is wasted looking for items.

Summary

Whether you have been operating a warehouse for years or are new to the business, the most important step you can take to improve your productivity, customer service and efficiency is to have high quality signage.

When you couple this with your stock monitoring system and can trust the results you can focus your efforts on building your business; not dealing with issues.

If your warehouse doesn’t have signs; then put some up today; you will be amazed at the difference it makes.…

Disasters You Should Hire Professionals to Repair

Disasters You Should Hire Professionals to Repair

There are many disasters that could seriously damage your home. It is important that you know how to handle these disasters if you are ever confronted with them at some point in the future. Your home is the most expensive item you will ever buy during your life. Therefore, it makes sense that you should go out of your way to protect it. This will help to ensure that it increases in value over the years. It is equally important that you know how to quickly and effectively repair any damage that is caused by a disaster. You will always be better off hiring a company that specializes in restoring homes that have been seriously damaged. Here are a few examples of disasters these companies can help you with.

  1. Fire and smoke can quickly cause major damage.

There is nothing more destructive on the planet than a fire. It has the power to turn a large house into smoldering ruins in only a matter of minutes. The fire can burn faster if there is a strong wind or items in the house that burn very easily. However, fire is not the only thing that you need to worry about. The smoke can also do major damage to walls, ceilings and many of your most prized possessions. This type of damage cannot be easily repaired. You need to hire people who are experts in restoring homes to their former glory after they have been involved in a fire. There are a variety of professional disaster restoration companies you can choose from.

  1. Storms can wreak havoc on your home.

You might live in a part of the country that has frequent storm activity. These storms can occasionally get very powerful and destructive. If this is the case, there is a chance your home could get seriously damaged. A disaster restoration company will be able to take a look at the damage your home has received and design a plan to fix it. Your home will look like new when they are finished. It is the goal of companies in this industry to makes the homes they repair seem like they were never involved in a disaster in the first place.

  1. Your personal property could also suffer as a result of a disaster.

Your home might not be the only thing that you need to have repaired. There is a good chance that some of your personal property was damaged as well. There are companies that have equipment to clean items such as stuffed animals, linens, fur, bedding, fabrics, rugs and many other items. Their cleaning techniques are better than dry cleaning.…