With Arizona’s economic restart now fully underway, local businesses are scrambling to implement new safety and health protocols to keep their workers and customers safe. Demand for products such as plexiglass shields and dividers has skyrocketed more than 500 percent overnight.
“The demand for social distancing products is strong across all industries,” says Jim Radzik, founder and CEO of Phoenix-based Storage Equipment Systems, Inc. “From restaurants and hotels to manufacturing industries and factories, nearly every business where people come together must implement the new protocols in some way and most are making them permanent.” At his company, a leading distributor of warehouse equipment such as racks, shelving, conveyors, dock levelers and all types of material handling equipment, he says, “The two most common questions we get from new customers looking to implement social distancing at their place of business is ‘How soon can you install?’ and ‘Is it coming from America?’”
Noting the massive resurgence in demand for products Made in the USA, Radzik explains, “Businesses want to get open as quickly and safely as possible, which has strengthened the demand for high-quality products and materials that are readily available today.”
According to Radzik, people are often surprised that SES uses only American-made products and has done so for the last 30 years. “We have everything on hand that we need to help businesses get up and running safely and efficiently again. We are fortunate that our products have always been American-made and not impacted by international lockdowns that affect shipping and supply chain.”
The 30-year-old company was uniquely prepared to help businesses deal with a pandemic. SES offers operations and logistics solutions that made it possible for businesses to quickly adapt their operations or pivot their services entirely over the last few months. With more than 100,000 unique products in its system, the firm partners with businesses of all sizes to create safety and productivity that best fit their business.
Now, as health, safety and social distancing protocols become permanent changes to business operations across all industries, businesses are turning to companies like Radzik’s to quickly implement creative solutions to keep people safe. “For offices, the big open plan setup is no longer a desirable option as people need to be kept separated. Real estate offices and call centers are just a few examples of the kinds of businesses needing to be reconfigured so people feel safe at work. For those kinds of businesses, we have been implementing modular offices, which are basically individual offices that can be installed within a few days.” Modular offices and “clean rooms” have also been a popular addition to medical facilities and pop-up testing facilities due to their easy set-up, reconfiguration and portability — they can be used for short-term or long term use and can be moved if needed.
Storage Equipment Systems was established in April of 1982. The company revolutionizes operations for corporations of all sizes by delivering smart solutions for operations. SES, Inc. is a leading distributor of warehouse equipment such as racks, shelving, conveyors, dock levelers, and all types of material handling equipment.
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