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Warehouse and Operations Articles

The purchase price of your forklift is a fraction of the total costs. Learn what you also need to consider, before you buy.

Few things can cripple productivity like the flu, and the season is upon us. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people contract the flu, and the costs mount for them and your operation. Find out what the flu really costs us and how we can work to limit its effect on our material handling operations this season.

Designing the correct type of pallet rack system to properly meet your needs has become in-creasingly complex in recent years. There are many different types of systems now available, e.g. Selective, Double Deep, Drive-In / Thru, Push-Back, and Flow.  Plus, more sophisticated handling equipment (e.g. Double Reach Trucks, Narrow Aisle Trucks, Very Narrow Aisle Trucks) require much more stringent tolerances. Thus, finding the correct rack solution is more complicated than ever. However, you will find it if you carefully consider several factors.
As the business climate improves, you are likely to find yourself in need of material handling equipment. There are several options for fleet augmentation, and the decision you make today could make a dramatic impact on your cash flow and bottom line.  Long-term forkift renting has been the choice for many companies, both large and small, for some time.  Listed are 12 reasons you should consider it too.

The cold winter months are upon us, and with them comes the potential for bottom-line profits to seep out your warehouse doors in the form of higher utility bills. Fortunately, there are several low-cost solutions to help keep warm air inside your warehouse and direct it where it is needed most...

There will come a point when your existing forklifts have reached the end of their economic life and need to be replaced.  Besides some of the obvious questions there are a few that could save you hundred, thousands, or tens of thousands of dollars.

Conveyor Types; A Guide to Choosing the Right Conveyor System
Companies looking to replace long repetitive runs of products through facilities often end up looking at conveyors to reduce costs and improve efficiency.  What type of conveyor you choose depends largely upon the application, space and budget.  Your facility would likely utilize more than one type of conveyor, and knowing what type is best for each application means a great deal in the bottom-line efficiency of your application.
Preparing Your Warehouse for Winter
Winter is coming. This means keeping the cold out and the heat in. This month's Feature Article addresses a few things you can do to minimize the impact of Winter on your bottom line.
Over the years we have seen hundreds of cost-cutting measures by materials handling companies. They vary by application, geography and equipment. But there are a few that have universally proven to lower total materials handling costs. This Feature Article highlights a few you can do right now that will make a bottom-line impact on your business.
8 Tips for Forklift Fleet Optimization
Purchasing a new forklift or other material handling equipment can be expensive, but that's just a fraction of what it costs to operate it efficiently, or inefficiently. Getting the most bang for your forklift buck means understanding the products you move and establishing baseline costs as a start. Here are 8 tips for optimizing your material handling operation
Are You Trending?: Five Major Changes in Warehousing
Through-put, best practices, return on investment — these are all major concerns for the material handling professional.  Considering that the current economic climate is tenuous at best, the concerns over these topics are now even greater.  There are many tools used in materials handling management, and they change as our business changes.  But what tools are changing the most? How can you best leverage the latest technology and gain the most out of your material handling operations?  Read the full article HERE.
Selecting a materials handling partner based on the price of a forklift or other equipment is like choosing a wife or husband because they’re going to benefit you monetarily.  Our Feature Article lists 10 simple things you can do to help you truly select a partner that will enhance your operation, not simply sell to it.
 So the time has come to replace some or all of your forklifts and/or material handling equipment. What's your process? What questions do you ask of your suppliers, yourself and people within your organization. This article provides you with information that can help you ask the right questions to ensure you are purchasing the right equipment for your material handling application.
Green Initiatives are gaining momentum here, and around the globe. Some energy conservation procedures are quite easy to implement and have quick returns. Others take more planning. However, in the long run, saving the Earth's natural resources and cutting back our carbon footprint is better for everyone going forward. Read what you can do and others are doing, to conserve, and save!
In all of our relationships, be it customer, employee, supplier or manufacturer, feedback plays a key role in improving performance and thereby improving the relationship. We have found these few things key in providing effective feedback which results in a better bottom line performance for all.