3 Pain Points Solved at the Loading Dock

The loading dock is essential to the operation of a business, but they add unintentional costs to an organization’s bottom line. Depending on the type of dock leveler, industrial doors or gaps created by other access points, elements are almost guaranteed to make their way into the facility.  When outside elements seep into a facility the top three areas that are impacted include:

  • Energy savings
  • Ability to control temperatures
  • Safety of team members

Let’s take a closer look at these three areas individually and then talk about possible solutions.

Energy Savings

This is most likely the one cost at the loading dock that, generally, goes unnoticed in a facility. Typically, a facility will focus on energy saving measures like lighting sensors, solar panels or HVAC; basically the “low-hanging fruit”. To further that point, a 2011 study done by Material Handling Industry of America pointed out that only 7% of the respondents identified the loading dock as having a key role in sustainability and energy waste.  This means that a majority the respondents aren’t recognizing there’s at least one 8 ft. by 14 ft. opening that’s letting conditioned air get out of the building and outside elements get in. This large, blind spot can translate into an estimated annual energy cost of over $30,000 (based on ASHRAE guidelines for one 8 ft. by 14 ft. opening at 720 cycles per day).

Temperature Control

When storing perishable goods, keeping them at the proper temperature is essential to the safety of the product and ultimately the consumers who will use those products. Looking beyond energy savings, a loading dock with one 8 ft. by 14 ft. door (cycling 720 times in a day) is going to create an issue with spoilage.  Due to the fact that at a minimum, every time the loading dock door cycles cold air is escaping.  The problems from spoilage can vary from discoloration/order, bad taste, all the way to most dangerous pathogenic.

Pathogenic spoilage is caused by pathogenic bacteria, which has serious health consequences for consumers. According to foodsafety.gov, they consider the danger zone for pathogenic spoilage between 40 ⁰F (4.4 ⁰C) and 140 ⁰F (60 ⁰C). This is when these types of organisms can rapidly multiply, and these toxins will make consumers sick, even if they are cooked to a safe internal temperature.

Team Member Safety

On average, about 25% of all reported warehouse accidents happen at the loading dock. When you look at what type of injuries are occurring at the dock, a quarter of those (another 25%) are attributed to slip and falls*. Loading dock doors have the potential to let in elements, like rain and snow, that cause working areas to become slick. With the current pressure for team members at the docks to move, load and/or unload products as quickly as possible, it’s extremely important to ensure elements stay outside the facility.

Traditional Solutions

When a facility is looking to correct, or stay ahead of these loading dock issues they typically look to the below options.

  • Installing an impact-able door that helps keep forklift damage to the dock doors at a minimum.
  • Using compression seals on the doors to keep the weather seal out of harm’s way.
  • Changing your dock levelers from traditional pit-mounted levelers to sealed dock levelers.
  • Building a shelter around your dock doors that physically separates the dock from the rest of the warehouse.

Some of these options can be cost effective, impact-able doors for example, but building a dock shelter can become expensive and if warehouse space is being rented this may not be an option.



Our insulated warehouse curtain wall (InsulWall®) can be used around the perimeter of internal and external loading dock areas as an excellent thermal barrier. Installed on roller track, InsulWall can be simply rolled back from the bay door and closed when the job is complete. Windows can be sewn within InsulWall to keep the dock area bright and safe. When compressors and heaters are working overtime to keep the dock area at a temperature set point, InsulWall can help conserve energy by not over-taxing equipment to keep up with the outside temperature.

Additional Benefits of InsulWall:

  • More Economical – compared to permanent walls and metal structures
  • More Environments – InsulWall is custom-engineered with a variety of R values
  • Installs Easily – typically in a matter of days with little business downtime

InsulWall, from Randall Warehouse, is the modern solution for excellent temperature barrier between the outside and the dock area.  Saving energy, protecting temperature sensitive inventory, and helping to keep the work environment safe are a few of the ways InsulWall is helping load docks meet the demands of today’s warehouse world.

*Note: statistics from Load Delivered blog in 2017.

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Can Your Wall Do This?

InsulWall® – the flexible, insulated warehouse curtain wall is providing flexibility, mobility, and temperature control in a variety of warehouse and distribution applications.  Whether it’s new construction or a retrofit application, InsulWall creates temperature and humidity controlled spaces with ease.

InsulWall’s flexible nature allows it to hang from ceiling joists with ease, fit a variety of door frames and door types, work around sprinkler systems and building penetrations.  Its thin profile also allow it to work between racking systems with the expense and floor space needed with concrete curbs and traditional wall systems.

Check out what InsulWall can do:

Randall Warehouse InsulWall, flexible thermal warehouse wall

InsulWall works around and with racking systems.


Randall Warehouse InsulWall, flexible insulated warehouse wakll

InsulWall works easily around door frames – strip, roll-up and air doors.


Randall Warehouse InsulWall, flexible insulated warehouse curtain wall

Building penetrations like pipes, beams and general infrastructure are not a problem for InsulWall.

Call our team today to learn how InsulWall can work in your warehouse, distribution center or facility – 800-323-7424.


All Hail, Pale Ale – Craft Beer Trivia, Storage, InsulWall

‘Tis the season to raise a glass of……craft beer.  The craft beer business is booming. In 2017, craft beer grabbed 12.7% market share of the overall beer market.  From pale ales, IPAs, lagers, stouts, and more – there’s a craft brew for everyone’s taste.  As you raise a glass this holiday season, raise a few eyebrows with your craft beer fact prowess.

Here are five random facts that are sure to solidify your position as the smartest craft beer person in the room:

According to 24/7WallStreet, North Dakota drank more beer per person than any other state in our union. Meaning that each person in 2013 would have had to drink 43.6 gallons of beer.

  1. Mississippi and Alabama legalized home-brewing in 2013.
  2. America’s largest craft beer brewery is… Yuengling. According to the Brewers Association,Yuengling, brewing beer since 1829, topped the craft beer sales chart in 2017.
  3. India Pale Ale — a hoppy style of beer within the pale ale category –  is the most popular style craft beer.
  4. Beers that are released by big mega brewers that look like craft beers are termed “crafty beers”.

In all seriousness, craft beer has proved to be more than a passing craze.  Beer distributors across the country are grappling with storing a proliferation of new craft beer skus and storing craft beer at the proper temperature to maintain freshness and quality.

Importance of Cold Temperature Storage (below 45°F)

Craft breweries strive to ensure their product’s flavor stability, which usually boasts greater malt and hop character, in addition to many flavor nuances not found in lighter styles. Fresh, consistent beer expresses the complexities that beer drinkers expect. Distributors can contribute to that goal by keeping all craft beer refrigerated according to specifications. Cold storage and shipping temperatures preserve the taste qualities of all beer, but it is even more important with full-flavored craft beers which are not usually flashed or tunnel pasteurized. Since beer spends more time at the warehouse, it is imperative that it is stored cold.

InsulWall Craft Beet Cooler

InsulWall Creates Modular, Temperature-Controlled Storage Areas for Craft Beer

InsulWall®, the insulated warehouse curtain wall, helps beer distributors create temperature-controlled areas of the warehouse to properly store craft beer. Hung from the ceiling joists, InsulWall’s panels install quickly and efficiently to create temperature-controlled warehouse space. Craft beer’s seasonality, such as the holiday season, can easily to be accommodated with InsulWall’s modularity and ease of movement. Simply move the wall to expand the storage area and move it back at the conclusion of the season.

See how GG Distributing used InsulWall® to accommodate its craft beer inventory without making permanent structural changes.  Here>

5 Key InsulWall Install Questions

1.  Is a building permit required?

InsulWall is considered a temporary wall and generally does not require a building permit.  The owner is responsible for conforming to all local municipality, building and fire safety codes and regulations.

2.  Can InsulWall be installed between existing racks and/or wide open space?

This is critical when determining type of lift equipment and cost.  Installing between an existing racking will require an articulating boom lift.  Installation in a wide open space will require a scissor lift wide and tall enough to handle the 5’ wide panel and highest elevation where the curtain will be hung.

3.  How does InsulWall work with bar joists running parallel or perpendicular with the wall?

  • Perpendicular – a separate valance will be required for the height of the bar joist. The main panel will be hung from the underside of the bar joist. All field cuts for sprinklers, conduit and beams will be done in the valance.
  • Perpendicular – sometimes Unistrut is required to span between the joist for added support of the main panel.
  • Parallel – the main panel will hang from the top of the joist /deck to the finished floor.

4.  Does the installation require union or non-union labor?

Must know type of labor before the quotation is presented to the client. Union labor will significantly increase the cost of the installation compared to non-union labor.

5.  How does InsulWall work with a fluted deck or gap between the top of the joist to the deck?

To maintain a tight seal and prevent air escaping to the other side of the wall & condensation forming, spray foam is blown into the flutes of the deck or open space eliminating any air gaps.

For more information on InsulWall CLICK HERE

Randall Warehouse Launches New Website & Market Approach

Randall Warehouse, a division of Randall Manufacturing, a Safe Fleet Brand, is proud to introduce its newly designed website, www.randallwarehouse.com. This overhaul represents more than a new look; it is a new focused market approach. The focus is on InsulWall® – the industry’s only GREEN, thermal, flexible, modular warehouse wall constructed with recycled insulation.

For over two decades, InsulWall has been an industry staple in the flexible, thermal warehouse wall world. InsulWall allows for the creation of temperature and humidity controlled spaces without permanently impacting the building’s infrastructure.  InsulWall is installed in a matter of days and provides the modularity and flexibility to expand and contract as space demands require. Used in a variety of industries and applications – from manufacturing to cold storage to 3PL warehouses- InsulWall is custom designed to each client’s business needs and building infrastructure.

“Our recalibration of the Randall Warehouse product offering (focusing exclusively on InsulWall) allows us to meet customer needs quickly and offer state-of-the-art products and service,” said Chuck Carey, vice president of sales at Randall Warehouse. “InsulWall is a unique product that serves a variety of industries looking for the flexibility to create temperature controlled warehouse areas quickly and economically.”

To view the new website go to www.randallwarehouse.com and feel free to call us at 800-323-7424.

InsulWall Helps New Labeling Equipment Stay Cool

Heat and humidity are not friends to this manufacturing company’s new labeling equipment. As the summer months were approaching and temperatures start soaring, a solution was needed to contain this new labeling environment to control the heat and humidity levels.  In addition, the wall solution needed to  provide the company with flexibility, ease of installation, and cost-effectiveness; cue InsulWall

InsulWall® an insulated, flexible curtain wall was selected as the solution to protect the new labeling equipment.  Our insulated curtain wall was installed quickly and worked with the building’s infrastructure and doors.  Not only is it made from a flexible material – vinyl – providing “give” when hit by forklifts or warehouse equipment, it also provided for the flexibility to expand, move, or store for future uses.

InsulWall helped this manufacturing company protect its new labeling equipment to ensure optimal performance.  What equipment or processes do you have that require temperature and / or humidity control?  We can help.

Epic Before & After Dock Enclosure Transformation

Is your unprotected loading dock allowing cold air, snow, sleet, bugs and rodents into your warehouse?  This manufacturer utilized InsulWall’s thermal and modular properties to create a safe employee environment and conserve on energy costs.

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Project highlights:

  • InsulWall was installed in less than three days, complete with on-site fabrication of door cutouts, dock doors, and ceiling penetrations.
  • InsulWall as installed on a track system to allow for the flexibility to remain open, weather permitting.
  • InsulWall delivered:
  • Savings on energy costs;
  • Improving employee safety, comfort, and productivity; and
  • Economical alternative to a permanent wall system.

Click Here to read more about InsulWall – its versatility, flexibility and temperature control properties.

3PLs Love InsulWall. Here’s Why.

InsulWall allows you to create temperature-controlled space quickly for faster revenue generation.

What’s impossible with traditional drywall or lumber, is possible with InsulWall.

  1. InsulWall creates temperature-controlled spaces and easily works with the building’s infrastructure.
  2. InsulWall can be installed in a matter of days with minimal business interruption.
  3. InsulWall provides modularity and flexibility for clients’ changing temperature-controlled needs.

For more information on InsulWall, CLICK HERE or call us at 800-323-7424.

Warm Meals & Wishes this Holiday from Randall Warehouse

This holiday season Randall Warehouse is proud to continue our partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank as they provide meals for over 70,000 hungry neighbors each week.

In our customers’ honor, we continue our support – to bring a warm meal – and warm wishes of peace, hope, and joy – for all.

Warm holiday wishes,

The Randall Warehouse team


Join Randall Warehouse at IWLA 2017 next week in sunny Palm Springs, California where warehouse logistics leaders gather to learn, improve processes and programs, and network. Kristine Grudis at Booth 213 will be answering tough challenges facing 3PLs and warehousing professionals, like:

WHAT IF?…….. a new client requires temporary cold storage space?

WHAT IF?………you are cooling a larger space than necessary to maintain temperature control?

WHAT IF?………you are forecasting more perishable inventory coming into your ambient space?

WHAT IF?………the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is causing you to rethink how you maintain the cold chain through the supply chain?

Warehouse facility managers and 3PLs alike are facing unique challenges in managing their warehouse space within a changing client landscape and new regulations. Today, solutions like InsulWall® need to provide flexibility, speed, and a fast ROI to meet the needs of business today.

Space needs change with client’s needs. That means permanent walls may not be the solution to partitioning warehouse space where inventory and clients change or space is leased and permanent structural changes are not feasible. InsulWall provides the flexibility to create temperature-controlled space to the exact dimensions needed with the ability to expand, move or be be taken down quickly. InsulWall’s 5 foot wide panels are constructed of a tough vinyl exterior that sandwiches recycled insulation. The panels are available in a variety of R values and are velcro’d together.

Vacant warehouse space equates to lost revenue. Being able to accommodate client needs quickly is the name of the game today. InsulWall is the warehouse divider wall solution that installs quickly and works within the building’s infrastructure. Our team of installers or yours can quickly hang InsulWall and do onsite fabrications for doorways, conveyors, or dock areas.

Fast ROI
Flexibility, speed and agility are necessary but the other side of the equation needs to work as well. InsulWall is an economical alternative to permanent structures when comparing construction and installation costs, material costs, energy savings, ability to move and reuse. A recent InsulWall application at the GAP yielded a 1.2 year return on investment.

No need to lose sleep anymore – InsulWall is solving temperature and space challenges in a variety of industries and applications. Let’s talk about your application.

For more information on InsulWall, visit our website, www.randallwarehouse.com, or call us at 800-323-7424.