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Reducing Forklift Fleet Costs In 5 Simple Steps

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toyota forklift fleetThe “new” economy is putting significant pressure on all businesses and management has to do more with less. Job reductions make the headlines, but thinner budgets, productivity pressure and an increased demand for action create just as much havoc as downsizing middle managers and supervisors.

In today’s economic environment, it is more critical than ever to shine a spotlight on your highest cost centers and evaluate readily achievable savings opportunities without sacrificing quality or productivity. Every day your business is paying significant amounts of money to own and operate your forklift fleet. The cost for each truck can be over $250,000 per year – inclusive of operator salaries, benefits, overtime, truck leases, maintenance, damage, and battery/fuel expense. For a 50 vehicle fleet, that multiplies to over $12.5 million per year!

Traditional fleet management solutions, like outsourcing maintenance and parts ordering, help make costs predictable, which is beneficial, but does not necessarily provide a meaningful way of reducing costs in real time. Achieving productivity and cost benefits through the deployment of technology is a well-established concept, but can it be applied to forklift fleet and operations management? Can behaviors and costs that have long been considered just “part of doing business” be changed? The answer is YES!

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By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Forklift, Service, Toyota|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Reader’s Top 10: From the Week of August 14th

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OUR TOP TENForklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers.

Each week we sift through dozens and dozens of posts in order to refine what we share. Then each day just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us. Continue reading

By | August 16th, 2016|Categories: Forklift, Safety, Social, Warehouse|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Insider’s Look At Warehouse Forklift Trucks

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toyota forklift truck in warehouseSee the original post through ForkliftAccessories.com

If you are a forklift operator, then you may already know that your forklift is a beehive of sensors and microprocessors that are present to integrate with brainy technologies including computers, tablets, voice systems and warehouse management systems (WMS).

However, these trucks can also be used as a reconnaissance tool or mobile data collector that can alert you to productivity or efficiency problems within the warehouse.

In many instances, warehouse managers who have tried to use all the data that a forklift can deliver are overwhelmed and often ask for the forklift dealer to receive and process it. Continue reading

By | August 10th, 2016|Categories: Efficiency, Forklift, Warehouse|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Week of July 31st

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Top-10 more ofForklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers.

Each week we sift through dozens and dozens of posts in order to refine what we share. Then each day just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us. Continue reading

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: Forklift, Safety, Social, Warehouse|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Reach Trucks: 11 Reasons Why They Don’t Work & What You Can Do About It

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toyota reach trucks forklift in warehouseReach trucks are designed to work in narrow aisle warehousing spaces. They have two outer legs that distribute the load weight; with a wheel configuration of two or one wheels per leg.  The drive wheel is located under the operator’s position. The driver sits or stands sideways when operating the machine.

The wheel base of a reach truck is the same length as a normal counter-balance forklift; however the body is more compact.  When lifting a load a reach truck moves the load back within the wheelbase; meaning less of the load is protruding from the reach truck, allowing the reach truck to work in much narrower aisles.

Sounds like the perfect fit for almost any warehouse setting right? Well, maybe but reach trucks have their limits. Continue reading

By | August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Flexi, Forklift, Sales|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Week of July 24th

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top tenForklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers.

Each week we sift through dozens and dozens of posts in order to refine what we share. Then each day just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us. Continue reading

By | August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Forklift, Safety, Social, Warehouse|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Walking Burns Calories, Time, Money and Efficiency

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No efficiency walking aboutFew of us have the time to walk to work, but it seems many of us have the time to spend walking around while at work. Walking from hear to there and back in the yard, warehouse or plan takes serious time. Time that costs your company money and efficiency.

You might wonder what a solution would cost, it would be time better spent if you pondered over just what the cost is for not taking options available to you today through Taylor-Dunn personnel and burden carriers. Let’s look at one example now. Continue reading

By | July 27th, 2016|Categories: Efficiency, Sales, taylor-dunn, Warehouse|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Week of July 17th

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top ten on iphoneForklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers.

Each week we sift through dozens and dozens of posts in order to refine what we share. Then each day just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us. Continue reading

By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: Forklift, Safety, Social, Warehouse|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Week of July 10th

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Top 10 ImageForklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers.

Each week we sift through dozens and dozens of posts in order to refine what we share. Then each day just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us. Continue reading

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Forklift, Safety, Social, Warehouse|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A Better Safer Dock

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forklift parked on warehouse loading dockClick here to view original web page at DC Velocity

“Ba-bump, ba-bunk.” That was the sound Greg Nicholas, chief operating officer of Citrus Systems Inc., heard all day from his office. It was the sound of forklift trucks driving on and off the trailers, which he could hear even though his office was located 150 feet away from the company’s loading docks.

The noise was annoying, but worse, it was a sign of a serious problem. The dock levelers were terrible for the lift-truck drivers’ backs. The levelers were the old pull-chain style units, with a welded plate in front and a fold-down lip, which created a hump that lift trucks had to drive over. And because Citrus Systems, which makes private-label fruit drinks and other items for the dairy, grocery, and food-service trades, was a busy, growing operation, the drivers were driving over that lip many times each day, causing sore backs for the operators and extra wear on the lift trucks. Continue reading

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By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Safety, Warehouse|Tags: , , |2 Comments